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The chronic-le, Winter, 2012

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The chronic-le, Winter, 2012
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YOUR GUIDE TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA
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24 Wrap These Up
This year has seen a bumper crop of gadgets and stocking stuffers for stoners.
By Stoner MacGyver
38 Colorado Centers
Our updated guide to the metro area’s MMJ dispensaries.
Amendment 64 raises many questions. Our Stoner will try to answer them.
By William Snathes
Since the passage of Amendment 64, have you been getting a lot of questions about how the legalization of small amounts of recreational marijuana will work in this state? Us, too. To help clear the foggy air, we’ve asked William Breathes, our medical marijuana dispensary critic, to expand his coverage to all things cannabis and come up with answers to the questions that people want to Ask a Stoner. (With apologies to Gustavo Arellano, our colleague at the OC Weekly and author of Ask a Mexican.)
Dear Stoner: I’m not a medical patient. Can I buy marijuana in Colorado right now?
Waiting to Inhale
Dear Waiting: Sure, you can buy it: Find a college kid, neighbor or just about anyone in Civic Center Park. Only thing is, it’s not legal for them to sell pot to you — nor will it be under Amendment 64. (Cue the Grateful Dead record scratching to a silent halt.)
To quote Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction: “See, it’s legal, but it ain’t 100 percent legal.” Only licensed marijuana shops will be allowed to sell recreational pot in Colorado, and they won’t be opening until January 2014 — at the very earliest.
Unlike the MMJ industry that sprang up around the state before there were regulations governing dispensaries, much less licenses required, all recreational shops will have to be licensed before they can open. In order for that to happen, the Colorado Legislature will have to create a licensing framework during the upcoming2013 session.
And even if lawmakers manage to do that, there will be other hurdles — not least of which is the fact that marijuana use, cultivation, sales and distribution are all still illegal under federal law.
Until all of this is sorted out, no matter how much you beg, the medical marijuana dispensary around the corner won’t sell to you unless you’ve got a valid medical marijuana card. But no doubt it would love your business if/when it makes the switch to a recreational pot shop in 2014.
Dear Stoner: Does the new law mean I can just smoke it wherever and whenever I want? If so, the Rockpile just got a whole lot better.
Hit a Homer
Dear Hit: I’mnot going to stop you. But the police might, and that’s a bummer. Public use and consumption is still illegal under Amendment 64. Butyou’ll be able to light up at your house, your friend’s house or any other establishment being used for a private function. But even in the smoking section of your favorite bar patio or maj or-league baseball stadium, you won’t be able to legally light a joint — not that the law seems to stop anyone these days.
Still, there’s the possibility that lawmakers won’t ban on-site consumption, as they did with medical marijuana, which could continued on page 10
The Chronic-le is published by Westword, 969Broadway, Denver, CO 80203; the contents are copyright 2012 by Voice Media Group. For information, e-mail marijuana@westword.com or call303-296-7744.
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ince the passage of Amendment 64, have you been getting a lot of questions about how the lega l iza tion of small amounts of recreational marijuana will work in this state? Us, too. To help clear the foggy air , we ' ve asked William Breathes , our medical marijuana dispensary critic, to expand his coverage to all things cannabis and come up with answers to the questions thatpeoplewanttoAskaStoner. (With apologies to Gustavo Arellano, our col league at the OC Weekly and author of Ask a Mexican.) .. v ....... 24 Wrap These Up This year has seen a bumper crop of gadgets and s tocking stuffers for stoners. By Stoner MacGyver 38 Colorado Centers Our updated guide to the metro area ' s MMJ dispensaries. Amendment 64 raises many questions. Our Stoner will try to answer them . . , .............. . Dear Stoner: I'm not a medical patient . Canibuy marijuanainColoradoright no w? Waiting to Inhal e Dear Waiting: Sure , you can buy it: Find a college kid , neighbor or just about anyone in Civic Center Park. Only thing is, it 's not legal for them to sell pot to you-nor will it be under Amendment 64. (Cue the Grateful Dead record scratching to a silent halt.) To quote Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction: " See, it's legal , but it ain't 100 percent legal." Only licensed marijuana shops will be allowed to sell recreational pot in Colorado, and they won't be opening until January 2014 at the very earliest. Unlike the MMJ in dustry that sprang up around the state before there were regulations governing dispensaries , much less licenses re quired, all recreational shops will have to be licensed before they can open. In order for that to happen, the Colorado Legislature will have to create a licensing framework during the upcoming2013 session. And even if lawmakers manage to do that, there will be other hurdles not least ofwhich is the fact that marijuana use, cu ltivation , sales and distribution are all still illegal under federal law . Until all of this is sorted out, no matter how much y ou beg , the medi cal marijuana dispensary around the corner won't sell to you unle ss you've got a valid medical marijuana card. But no doubt it would love your busi ness if/when it makes the switch to a recreational pot shop in 2014. Dear Ston er: Does the new law mean I can j u st smoke it wherever and when ever I want? If so, the Rockpile just got a whole lot better . Hit a Homer Dear Hit: I'm not going to stop you . But the police might, and that ' s a bummer. Public use and consumption is still il legal under Amendrnent64. But you'll be able to light up at your house , your friend ' s house or any other establish ment bein g used for a private function. But even in the smoking section of your favorite bar patio or major-league baseball stadium, y ou won't be able to legally light a joint-not that the law seems to stop anyone these days . Still , ther e's the possibility that law makers won't ban on-site consumption, as they did with medical marijuana, which could c ontinued o n pag e 10 The Chronicl e is published by Westward, 969 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203; the contents are copyright 2012 by Voice Media Group. For information, e-mail marijuana@westword.com or cal1303-296-7744. 6 T H E c H R 0 N I c -L E D E c E M B E R 2 0 1 2 I WESTWORD . COM