Five Things Arizonans Should Know About Colorado Marijuana Stores Opening Wednesday

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One place in Denver where legal marijuana should not be: The airport.
3). Using legal marijuana in Colorado as a tourist could still get you in trouble.

Take the time to acquaint yourself with the law and the specific rules of the hotel or other lodging where you plan to use.

One place you can't even carry marijuana: The Denver International Airport, where officials will enforce a total ban starting this week.

Of particular concern to the establishment in Colorado, which wasn't fully on-board with the voter-approved law, is the problem of clouds of smoke possibly causing health problems for others and maybe offending someone. If you think you can simply whip out that joint while in the ski-lift line, think again.

Denver recently passed an ordinance that allows legal marijuana to be used anywhere on private residential property, including in a front yard or on a porch. But that same rule may not apply at every condo in every ski town.

We kept hearing that Breckenridge was a marijuana-friendly town while making calls on this subject this morning. We know that's partially true because the ski town, two hours from Denver, passed its own town ordinance a couple of years ago that made it legal for residents to possess an ounce or less of weed. And Breckenridge, population 4,500, will have three retail shops open -- like Telluride -- from day one of the retail program on January 1.

Kim Dykstra
But town leaders, worried that too much open marijuana use could scare away other tourists, aren't really encouraging it. The town's police department wants visitors to know that the only legal place they can smoke marijuana would be in "private locations providing it is not prohibited by the property owner."

No sneaking off into an alley. If you get caught smoking outside, you can be subject to a $100 mail-in fine, the site says.

Click here for the Town of the Breckenridge Police Department's rules on using retail marijuana in town.

"It's a very interesting time in our history," says Kim Dykstra, Town of Breckenridge spokeswoman. "We're learning as we go."

Amendment 64 made possession of marijuana legal in Colorado before the shops could be set up, but so far it's "been no big deal," she says.

That is, people aren't getting wasted in the streets, smoking up in front of church ladies, or generally creating a bad name for marijuana users since the law passed.

Dykstra's heard of some hotels or other lodgings telling guests that pot smoke, just like cigarette smoke, isn't allowed in rooms. Others are less concerned she says.

One thing seems certain: The prospect of numerous legal marijuana users in Breckenridge hasn't slowed tourism. It's possible that the law could have resulted in the slightly higher rate of lodging occupancy and other measures of tourism that are predicted for 2014, she says. However, the quality of the snow typically is the overriding factor for any winter tourist to the ski town, and the snow is good this year, making it difficult to determine whether marijuana is responsible for the uptick, she says.

NORML offers a "Doobie-Dos" (and don'ts) that offers helpful hints, like being sure to bring cash and a photo ID if you plan to buy.

Click here for NORML's "Doobie-Dos" about Colorado's retail marijuana stores.

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DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 Greedy Big $$ Colorado Dispensary Cartels TRIPLE their prices for "legal" weed.

"What really, really blew my mind was walking out with my wallet $70 lighter for 3.5 grams of pot. Basically, the same Chemdawg that I bought last week at $20 an eighth was going for nearly triple the price. I'm surprised my jaw didn't drop far enough to shatter the glass counter. One of the employees behind that counter tried to explain the high pricing to the New Jersey couple by talking about how high the excise tax is on wholesale buds, as well as the lack of supply and the cost of licensing and switching over to a dual-use facility. She also said prices would "level out" down the line -- let's hope it's soon, because $70 for an eighth of pot is absurd. Like, tourist in New York City absurd."

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The REALITY of Colorado's Amendment 64 -- the Commercialization of Cannabis

A64 did NOT legalize marijuana -- even the authors of that turd stated as much.

A64 did NOT repeal a single marijuana Felony statute in Colorado.

A64 did NOT repeal a single Criminal Misdemeanor statute regarding marijuana in Colorado.

A64 did NOT even repeal the Criminal Offense of Public use/display of a single joint, bud, seed or edible, instead explicitly declaring that such behavior was not protected.

A64 explicitly declared that all private sales between consenting adults shall remain illegal -- a FELONY for a single gram!

A64 explicitly declared that Driving under the INFLUENCE of Marijuana shall remain ILLEGAL, which is now set at a paltry 5 ng/ml rendering nearly ALL mmj patients in violation.

A64 explicitly EXCLUDED EVERY ADULT under 21 yrs old from ANY LEGAL ACCESS to any rec. marijuana -- leaving 10s of thousands of young adults subject to the FULL CRIMINAL penalties of extant law -- even for a single joint, or a single plant, or a single seed.

Since A64 was passed, CRIMINAL Marijuana Citations in Denver have INCREASED 19 TIMES higher than in 2012 !!


No need to ask the Governments permission to use MJ, live free or die. To hell with the power elite....


HATERS!....and probably alcoholics

yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

get a medical marijuana card and you can legally smoke recreationally in Arizona as well.


One ounce is legal but if you go to 3 stores and buy an ounce at each , that would be 3 ounces, can you be arrested for possession of more than one ounce ?

DonkeyHotay topcommenter



Stupid Stoners are as Stupid Stoners do!

You = Math FAIL!


Not you again could you please just go away?  We get it you hate people who use Cannabis.  Yes there are stupid people who use it as well as brilliant people.  There are doctors and lawyers who use it as well as thugs and criminals.  There are people who use it that hate drugs and alcohol and their are drug addicts and alcoholics that use it.  But whatever you are doing, is proving nothing but it is making people wonder why you just hate so much.  Give it a rest you're not changing the world or anyones opinion.


Poor Donkey, you should seek some professional help.  At first I thought you were just a hater but now I think it may be much worse than that.  Really you should seek some help.  This isn't normal.  Did you have problems with drugs as a child?


Poor donkey, you need some help.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Trommy  "and a member of Mensa"

LOL! ... and the Grand Wizard of your Secret Tree Fort.


@DonkeyHotay I have to hand it to you that was a good comeback.  You are correct I am none of those things.  I am just an engineer and a member of Mensa.   I think the people that use this stuff have a right to do whatever they want, as long as they aren't hurting you or me.   It's called freedom.

Lighten up you may have a more enjoyable life.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Trommy <=== not a doctor, not a lawyer, not brilliant.

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