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let me put it this way.....

 

 

 

 

GIT ME THA HELL OUTTA HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :angry:<_<:wacko::blink:

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let me put it this way.....

 

 

 

 

GIT ME THA HELL OUTTA HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :angry:<_<:wacko::blink:

Not me. But I don't live where you do.
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To get back to the original "What's it like now....?" question.

It'a actually not much different depending on where you live.....if you're not one who imbibes or sells weed, or a cop, or somebody who's hit by a stoned driver crossing the center line, or the parent of a high school kid.

I'm lucky in living in a conservative farm community.

But where this road will lead in a few years, I don't know. But I am concerned.

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There's a BIG difference between my "hood" and yers, UB....

Yup. Big.

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Ya know...some of the major grocery stores sell "grassfed beef". Do that mean what I think it do? :blink::o Probably not, My adult daughter claims she can tell the difference in taste between that and "regular" (grainfed) beef. None of us use or ever have used "that other stuff", so I wouldn't know... Just to avoid confusion, let's refer to the controversial stuff as MJ, Mary Jane, or cannabus!

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Ya know...some of the major grocery stores sell "grassfed beef". Do that mean what I think it do? :blink::o

 

Could be, by the prices they charge for the beef. ^_^

 

 

 

Probably not, My adult daughter claims she can tell the difference in taste between that and "regular" (grainfed) beef. None of us use or ever have used "that other stuff", so I wouldn't know... Just to avoid confusion, let's refer to the controversial stuff as MJ, Mary Jane, or cannabus!

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Where do I begin. I live in metro Denver and run appointments basically between Boulder and Castle Rock, although it's primarily in the Denver area, sometimes three to five a day. The first thing you notice is the smell of growing weed all around town. I-25 around 58th is ten lanes across and you can smell it across all ten of them, every day, no matter which way the wind is blowing. Lots of warehouse areas abutting residential neighborhoods smell of the stuff too. Grow houses are everywhere. You can't see 'em, but you can smell 'em. Dispensaries also are everywhere in most cities in the metro area with some having a density greater than 7-11s, I kid you not. It's like every medium-rent strip mall has a dispensary with a cutesy weed pun for a name. And there are so many people from out of state. A couple of weeks ago I saw plates from Maine, Florida, California and Alaska -- in one day. I was telling a buddy this and he said he's seen more than one plate from Hawaii (now that's commitment). And every time it snows it's carnage. None of these recent arrivals seem to know how to drive in snow and they sit at the top of a hill at a green light during the morning commute in their front wheel drive sedans with their wheels spinning and their out of state plates with a line of cars behind them, waiting until the sedan gets sideways and blocks two lanes instead of one. (I have strategized a number of alternate routes to work because of this oft repeated scenario). At a shoot last spring I heard a cop talking to another guy and he said since they legalized weed the population of metro Denver had increased by 100,000 -- and I have a buddy who works for the Denver Urban Renewal Authority and he told me earlier this month that the number currently is 20,000 new people a month into the area. And how about real estate? The marijuana entrepreneurs can't put their money in the bank. They have to spend it, so they are buying houses -- for cash. The real estate market has calmed some recently but it spiked hard last year. It has stalled near the plateau and we got to the plateau because so many people were flocking here from around the country, chewing up existing inventory, and weed entrepreneurs were paying cash for houses that they could rent to the newcomers, therefore driving up the prices. And there are actually businesses around town, secure warehouses, built specifically for the purpose of storing cash because it can't be deposited. Construction has gone bananas and it's very difficult to keep good construction guys on staff because they just move on to the highest bidder with the latest big project. At one point last year there were 300,000 units under construction in metro Denver. I will tell you that the last two years have been dramatically different from my previous ten here, and not different for the better. The worst really is the traffic. What used to take me twenty minutes now takes me forty-five. A two hour drive to Cheyenne can now take three. I could go on. Clearly legal weed has kickstarted the economy, but at what price? I guess we will all find out together as we watch this economic and social experiment unfold.

 

I work with seniors and the disabled and I have observed first hand the benefits of medical marijuana and I support it. I have also observed healthy people gaming that system. Having said that I experienced none of the above before legalized recreational marijuana. Many of the statistics I mentioned are from local news outlets and others from conversations, and many of the observations listed above are compressed from the course of a year or so down into one paragraph, so none of this is gospel, but it is my experience.

 

For what it's worth...

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I've been around the block a lot, and I am truly not naïve, but I never have been able to figure out who is smoking all of this stuff. The illegal stuff is shipped into the country by the container boatload and 18-wheeler truckload daily still, grown all over the place in this country, and the legal grows and shops are multiplying. Putting that together with just the overwhelming physical bulk of the stuff, and the fact that modern pot reportedly produces all the needed high from very tiny quantities, it just seems that even tens of millions of people couldn't smoke enough.

 

Obviously, I'm wrong. Because around here the legal and "medical" shops have popped up like mushrooms, and the multiple advertisements fill much of a page every day in the local city newspaper. And yet, I don't even know anybody who owns to smoking the stuff....

 

Potterville (no pun intended) ain't in it....Bedford Falls is no more. Casinos and dope shops everywhere...don't even mention the "upscale" porn shops. It's the world we are bequeathing to our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

Alas....

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let me put it this way.....

 

 

 

 

GIT ME THA HELL OUTTA HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :angry:<_<:wacko::blink:

Are you guys coming to Ohio????? We'd love to have yuns!!! ;)

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I've been around the block a lot, and I am truly not naïve, but I never have been able to figure out who is smoking all of this stuff. The illegal stuff is shipped into the country by the container boatload and 18-wheeler truckload daily still, grown all over the place in this country, and the legal grows and shops are multiplying. Putting that together with just the overwhelming physical bulk of the stuff, and the fact that modern pot reportedly produces all the needed high from very tiny quantities, it just seems that even tens of millions of people couldn't smoke enough.

 

Obviously, I'm wrong. Because around here the legal and "medical" shops have popped up like mushrooms, and the multiple advertisements fill much of a page every day in the local city newspaper. And yet, I don't even know anybody who owns to smoking the stuff....

 

Potterville (no pun intended) ain't in it....Bedford Falls is no more. Casinos and dope shops everywhere...don't even mention the "upscale" porn shops. It's the world we are bequeathing to our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

Alas....

Don't forget all the MJ eatables. A side cottage home/business that has sprung up from the legalization to service more customers that may not smoke the stuff. I presume all the marketing techniques (still another business boom) , advertisement, logistics, transportation and such, used in tobacco sales or any other product, is used to increase MJ sales. Marketing is working.

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I have never even see marijuana in my 40 plus years.

 

SO...

 

Colorado is bigger than all of the upper NorthEast land wise. So, when you ask how is marijuana affected the state its like asking how 1 tiny part of Rhode Island affects Maine. Most of Colorado land wise is the same as it always was...conservative. Maybe the cities have more of it openly now. As Assassin said, its not like people in every other state arent smoking dope.

 

I hope they someday legalize marijuana in all states. Its called freedom. I know it sucks when people do things you dont approve of, but its not bad to have more freedom.

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Freedom is one thing, but Freedom without responsibility for your actions sucks.

Like the liquor adds on TV. They make a sweet alcoholic lemonade or apple juice marketed to college age kids and then say, "Please. Drink Responsibly". That cracks me up.

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I have never even see marijuana in my 40 plus years....

 

Its called freedom. I know it sucks when people do things you dont approve of, but its not bad to have more freedom.

Must be true, I've been hearing that myself for nearly 50 of my 68 years!

 

And I don't care if other people smoke dope. They've been doing that for 50 years, too.

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Like the liquor adds on TV. They make a sweet alcoholic lemonade or apple juice marketed to college age kids and then say, "Please. Drink Responsibly". That cracks me up.

Well it's not the responsibility of the maker of alcohol if people aren't drinking responsibly any more than it is the responsibility of the gun makers if someone shoots up a movie theatre right?

 

 

I have never even see marijuana in my 40 plus years.

 

SO...

 

Colorado is bigger than all of the upper NorthEast land wise. So, when you ask how is marijuana affected the state its like asking how 1 tiny part of Rhode Island affects Maine. Most of Colorado land wise is the same as it always was...conservative. Maybe the cities have more of it openly now. As Assassin said, its not like people in every other state arent smoking dope.

 

I hope they someday legalize marijuana in all states. Its called freedom. I know it sucks when people do things you dont approve of, but its not bad to have more freedom.

I agree with you on freedom. I personally can't stand the smell of the stuff, but the prohibition of it hasn't been any more effective than it was for alcohol.

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If you haven't seen the movie Oxyana, I highly suggest you take an hour or so out of your life and watch it. For me, it was a real eye opener to the abuse of legal prescription drugs here in the Mountain State. Just my opinion but I think we have a much more serious detriment to society from legal prescrition drugs here than we have ever seen from marijuana.

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Wonder if the fast food places have seen more business.

 

Funny you should ask... :rolleyes:

 

Last year of high school and the summer immediately following, Sassparilla Kid had a job at a pizza joint in Friant, Ca... little more than a wide spot on the road; gas station, small store, bunch of houses, pizza joint, and... two or three pot shops within a mile.

 

He didn't mind the work, but hated the job, mostly because of having to make deliveries... "Dad, I can't stand all the hopheads, potheads, and tweakers!" Someone overheard the Kid sharing that thought with someone else (not at work), word got back to the owner, and he was fired - "You can't say things like that! These people are our CUSTOMERS!"

 

Shortly after, the pot shops were shut down (by the Sheriff, I think). Business dropped off drastically, and the pizza place almost folded... owner had to sell out, probably at a loss. ;)

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Well it's not the responsibility of the maker of alcohol if people aren't drinking responsibly any more than it is the responsibility of the gun makers if someone shoots up a movie theatre right?

 

You misunderstood my post.

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Are you guys coming to Ohio????? We'd love to have yuns!!! ;)

 

I'd pack up and go in a heartbeat.....really wud luv ta....but I wud need wun of those thingys called a "job"..... :unsure:

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That's puzzling.

 

Somehow reefer sucks fluid from your system (remember cottonmouth?) so it should relieve pressure on your eyes if you have glaucoma.

 

It's supposed to relieve nausea, which most cancer meds cause.

 

So I can see glaucoma and cancer for "medicinal use".

 

But I never heard of it being a pain reliever.

 

Unless - "I'm so stoned I don't care that my back hurts"?

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That's puzzling.

 

Somehow reefer sucks fluid from your system (remember cottonmouth?) so it should relieve pressure on your eyes if you have glaucoma.

 

It's supposed to relieve nausea, which most cancer meds cause.

 

So I can see glaucoma and cancer for "medicinal use".

 

But I never heard of it being a pain reliever.

 

Unless - "I'm so stoned I don't care that my back hurts"?

ding ding ding.....we have a winner!!!! :wacko:

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That's puzzling.

Somehow reefer sucks fluid from your system (remember cottonmouth?) so it should relieve pressure on your eyes if you have glaucoma.

It's supposed to relieve nausea, which most cancer meds cause.

So I can see glaucoma and cancer for "medicinal use".

But I never heard of it being a pain reliever.

Unless - "I'm so stoned I don't care that my back hurts"?

Doctors cannot determine if a patient is in pain or not. If the patient says he is in pain and that marijuana alleviates it, the prescription is written. But with full legalization, that's a moot point now.
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Wonder if the fast food places have seen more business.

Ain't capitalism great?

http://www.eater.com/2016/2/23/11099010/girl-scout-cookies-weed-dispensary

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I'd pack up and go in a heartbeat.....really wud luv ta....but I wud need wun of those thingys called a "job"..... :unsure:

We could take up food collections at the shoots until ya found something!! :P

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some ranges have pretty fancy buildings with four walls/doors/windows with running water, electric, dinning halls and all those comforts. A step up from camping out under loading table. Perhaps one could barter room and board for writing stages for the next month.

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Think of shooting sequences that 'you' like doing and match those up with targets and stages (windows, doors, tables, etc) available at the range. Just mix up which firearm is 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, figure out where the hands are at beep. Scare them (only at monthlies) by having rifle last. LOL.

 

I know we are kidding here, but it is fun. :)

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I'd have lots of fun doin' it.....until all tha right-handed shooters decide ta lynch me fer doin' everything "backwards"..... :blink:;):lol:

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You a leftie? That is even more fun, write an all right-to-left match. Best have your asbestos suit on and a fresh box of kleenex :P;):lol::P

 

If the criticism got too bad, i guess she could smoke a joint and mellow out! :ph34r:

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It's a bit insane to think it can be stopped. We've tried that for nearly 100 years. Filled our jails with pot arrests to no avail. The definition of stupid is doing something over and over the same way and expecting a different result. Legalize it in all 50 states. Put a reasonable tax on it. Clear out the jails for this crime. Use the money we were spending to try and eradicate to help those that get into addiction trouble.

 

We learned a lot during prohibition........you can't stop it.

 

Want to see gun crime plummet in Chicago, Detroit, DC......Legalize ALL drugs. Period.....Get it out of the hands of the gangs, and then deal with the addiction issues that we are already dealing with.

 

How much does it cost to keep a drug user in jail........

 

BTW...I have an office in Denver. Zero change as far as I can see among employees and customers......

 

Reserve their space for just the illegal pushers once it is legalized.

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and kin I sleep unner wun of tha loadin' tables??

I'll fix up my garage for you guys!!

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