So, about that whole recreational marijuana thing in Colorado…
“At a city-council meeting Monday, lawmakers in Colorado’s largest city raised questions about licensing delays and the prospect of people queuing up for hours in what have been historically low temperatures.
“’If we have 10 stores open … we could have people camping out overnight with cash in their pocket,’ said councilman Charlie Brown. ‘How is the industry, how is the police department going to work together?’
“Though more than 100 stores are waiting to have applications approved by the city and state, a process that involves multiple inspections and a public hearing, a small fraction of that number are likely to be open by 8 a.m., Jan. 1, when legal sales for recreational marijuana begin. Employees from the city’s department of excise and licenses estimated that Denver will have around 12 legal retail outlets in operation.
“City officials are worried about the ability of those stores to handle the expected crowds, which they said will be supplemented by marijuana tourists arriving on chartered buses. Security is also a concern, as marijuana can only be purchased with cash.”
Needless to say, this is pot we’re talking about, so it’d be a shock if a shortage leads to Black Friday-style rioting, given the clientele. But dammit, if the image of a Phish-head dropping money on a bus ticket to Denver – only to be told that he won’t be one of the first people to legally smoke rec weed in America – isn’t just a little sad. First world problems, whatever.
Seriously: if you live in Colorado and have some insight on the issue, leave your .02 in the comments. I’m sure the local media is running wild with this one.