Happy 4/20!

It’s April 14th, 2013. The month of 4-20-2013. It’s going to be epic. :-)

There is no ticket needed to the 420 Rally in Civic Center Park on Saturday 4-20, where more people will gather to celebrate cannabis freedom by toking at 4:20 PM than ever before in history. I hope to see you all there… :-)

I’m sorry to say that tickets to the High Times Cannabis Cup are now SOLD OUT in all forms – and are going for 5 to 10 times the ticket price online. I bought my tickets for $35 thanks to Dr. Thurstone, a prohibitionist who published an anti-marijuana article in a local Denver paper, and the web version had a link to purchase tickets to the high times cup. I will be using my two tickets on Sunday with Hemp Girl, and we hope to have a grand time, although I will be the only one smoking as she is still breast feeding our kids. If you see us be sure to say “hello” and I’ll share a toke!

Literally, there is too much going on with Colorado’s Cannabis legality to go into too many details; the waters are still murky, but a clear picture will soon emerge. In the meantime, I am super happy Colorado residents can grow cannabis legally and are no longer in fear of arrest for an ounce or less of marijuana. The freedoms we enjoy are unique to our state.

To those who have recently questioned whether Colorado will “suffer” from legalization, our business index is rising, companies are moving here because of our legality, and our market continues to create jobs. There are hundreds of ancillary business successes, and overall the cannabis trade is keeping our economy strong in a recession. Strange how the facts don’t add up to the scare tactics.

Cannabis is still medicine, even though recreational use is now legal. :-) We have heard from an epilepsy patient who let us know he has been treating himself for years with cannabis edibles and oils and they are the only thing that works to keep his seizures down. It just goes to show, what doesn’t work for someone may work very well for another person. I can’t wait for the day when we know for sure, based on testing of 1,000 or more people, which strain and what cannabinoids do what. It will be a blessing to us all…

In the meantime, the “vertical integration” laws that helped put me and thousands of other cannabusiness out of the industry, will most likely be thrown out. The HB 1284 regulation said that cannabis dispensaries must grow 70% of their own weed. It meant thousands of dollars in costs, because some dispensaries never grew their own weed, but had several growers who supplied their product. The government put them out of business, and now that they’re gone, and less than a hundred dispensary owners are left, the regulations are gone. I don’t think the “regulations” were even designed to “regulate”- they were designed to “eliminate” competition for the Perfect Corporations business to succeed. Maybe with Vertical Integration, and the 70/30 rule gone, more opportunity will arise for SMALL Colorado Cannabusinesses who truly care about patients’ needs and don’t sell “winterized” butane hash. But on a positive note it looks like Colorado voters will get to decide how much tax will be added to cannabis retail sales. I’m guessing the voters will keep the tax low :-)

I’ll be sure to write again just after 4-20 to let you know how it all went, and go to a rally for cannabis legality wherever you are – and share in the moment – when we honor those who have come before us – whom have fought for this plant.

Happy 4-20-2013!!

-Capn Cannabis

 

P.S.  David LaGoy, “Damien” passed away on March 22nd 2013. His courage helped pave the way for the medical marijuana community we have in Colorado today, and all dispensaries should realize Damien is the reason they can operate, after he sued to stop the state from only allowing 5 patients per caregiver. When he won, and caregivers could have hundreds of patients, the true Green Rush began. Dispensaries popped up all over Denver, began paying taxes and becoming accepted, and they were so entrenched by the time anyone wanted to do anything about it that we still have them today. We all owe David a lot. I thank him – and may he be remembered always. Rest in Love David LaGoy.