AirTHC Aims to Connect Weed-Friendly Homeowners and Travelers

COLORADO: Presumably, folks visiting Colorado for a bit of “weed tourism” will want somewhere to enjoy the fruits of their travels. But until more cannabis cafes proliferate, what’s a vacationing stoner to do? It can be hard to hide the smell of marijuana in a hotel, and most Airbnb hosts make no mention of their pot policies. Plus Colorado law prohibits smoking weed in any public places. Enter airTHC.

Building on Airbnb’s short-term rental model, airTHC connects travelers with marijuana-friendly vacation rentals, “ensuring that you’ll have a private space of your own to smoke—legally—while you stay in Colorado.”

As with Airbnb, both property owners and potential renters fill out a profile. “As you stay in places you acquire a reputation,” Jordan Conner, airTHC’s co-founder, told CBS Denver. “You will also be able to contact the person before they come and stay in your place.”

So far, more than 30 property owners have signed up with airTHC. The owners plan to launch to renters “in the very near future,” co-founder Greg Drinkwater says.

Recreational Marijuana Stores Slow To Open, Driving Up Prices

COLORADO:  Six weeks after recreational marijuana sales started in Colorado, most would-be retailers still haven’t been licensed to sell it. As a result, the price of recreational pot has skyrocketed as shops jump through bureaucratic hoops to open their doors.

On a recent afternoon, outside LoDo Wellness Center in Denver, most customers leave the shop with smiles on their faces and a small bag of marijuana in their hands.

But customers like Justin Riddle have a different perspective.

“I didn’t buy anything, because it’s too expensive,” Riddle says. “That’s ridiculous, I can just go to my dealer right down the road and (expletive) get it, $10 a gram.”

 

Recreational Marijuana Stores Slow To Open, Driving Up Prices

COLORADO:  Six weeks after recreational marijuana sales started in Colorado, most would-be retailers still haven’t been licensed to sell it. As a result, the price of recreational pot has skyrocketed as shops jump through bureaucratic hoops to open their doors.

On a recent afternoon, outside LoDo Wellness Center in Denver, most customers leave the shop with smiles on their faces and a small bag of marijuana in their hands.

But customers like Justin Riddle have a different perspective.

“I didn’t buy anything, because it’s too expensive,” Riddle says. “That’s ridiculous, I can just go to my dealer right down the road and (expletive) get it, $10 a gram.”

 

D.A.R.E. Curriculum Drops Pot

WASHINGTON:  The students who graduated Monday from Kennewick’s D.A.R.E. program will be the last to be taught the potential dangers of marijuana.

Nearly 100 fifth graders at Sunset View Elementary accepted their diplomas after the ten week course, which discourages kids from tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. But D.A.R.E. officer Mike Meyer says the national D.A.R.E. organization has removed the discussion of marijuana from the curriculum.

“The new curriculum starts as of December for us here in Kennewick. It does not bring up the subject of marijuana at all.” [Read more…]

Cash-Only Cannabis: Colorado Pot Shops Work Through Financial Hiccups

COLORADO:  While the sale of recreational-use marijuana is now legal in Colorado, its status as illegal under U.S. law is leading to complications for vendors, who can’t use the federal banking system to do business.

When so-called “pot shops” opened up legally in Colorado last week, one thing they couldn’t offer shoppers was the ability to pay via credit card.

Due to differences in state and federal law regarding marijuana’s legality as well as legal concerns of the banking industry, these groundbreaking businesses, which drew national attention and more than $5 million in sales in the past week, can’t use the federal banking system. Which means that they’re stuck doing business—everything from taking customer payments to paying employees—in cold, hard cash.

“There is absolutely no justifiable reason to allow this threat to public safety to continue in those states where the regulated sale of marijuana has been made legal,” Betty Aldworth, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), said in a statement ahead of the launch of Colorado’s legal dispensaries.

 

Colorado Recreational Marijuana Sales Exceed $5 Million In First Week

COLORADO:  Colorado marijuana dispensaries made huge sales in the first week of legal recreational marijuana.

Owners of the 37 new dispensaries around the state reported first week retail sales to The Huffington Post that, when added together, were roughly $5 million.

That’s a lot of green for Colorado’s legal weed.

Colorado, the first state to allow retail recreational marijuana sales to adults age 21 and older, has projected nearly $600 million in combined wholesale and retail marijuana sales annually. The state, which expects to collect nearly $70 million in tax revenue from pot sales this year, won’t have its first official glimpse at sales figures until Feb. 20, when businesses are required to file January tax reports, according to Julie Postlethwait of the state Marijuana Enforcement Division. [Read more…]

Colorado Rep. DeGette Touts Legal Marijuana In Fundraising E-mail

COLORADO: Less than a week after the first state-sanctioned sales of marijuana began in Colorado, a U.S. lawmaker from the state is using the issue to raise money.

Rep. Diana DeGette (D), who represents Colorado’s 1st district and is chief deputy whip in the House, sent an e-mail to supporters on Monday arguing that “the world didn’t end” after sales of pot for recreational use began on Jan. 1.

“I’m working hard to make sure that Congress passes legislation to respect states and the overwhelming majority that voted to legalize marijuana in 2012,” she says in bolded text in the e-mail.

“The Congresswoman is pleased that the first few days have gone smoothly,” a spokesman said in a follow-up statement. [Read more…]

Actor Chong Draws A Crowd To Celebrate Marijuana Legalization

COLORADO:  It’s been history in the making for marijuana enthusiasts since the recreational use of the drug became legal here Wednesday and comedian Tommy Chong wasted no time Saturday coming up with a new twist on a historical quote to celebrate the new law.

“This is one small stagger for a stoner and one giant leap for stoner kind,” Chong said with a laugh during a visit to Marisol Therapeutics, where hundreds of his fans gathered to meet him. [Read more…]

Pot luck: Owners Of Colorado's Latest Multimillion Dollar Industry

COLORADO:  It’s a bona fide industry that is officially only five days old – but represents hundreds of millions of dollars.

As Colorado comes close to closing out the first week of its ‘green rush’, with recreational marijuana stores legally allowed to sell the drug from January 1 under revolutionary new state laws, official sales figures and profit margins have started rolling in. [Read more…]

Long Lines On First Day Of Colorado Legal Pot Sales

COLORADO:  Long lines and blustery winter weather greeted Colorado marijuana shoppers testing the nation’s first legal recreational pot shops Wednesday.

It was hard to tell from talking to the shoppers, however, that they had waited hours in snow and frigid wind.

“It’s a huge deal for me,” said Andre Barr, a 34-year-old deliveryman who drove from Niles, Mich., to be part of the legal weed experiment. “This wait is nothing.”

The world was watching as Colorado unveiled the modern world’s first fully legal marijuana industry — no doctor’s note required (as in 18 states and Washington, D.C.) and no unregulated production of the drug (as in the Netherlands). Uruguay has fully legalized pot but hasn’t yet set up its system.

Colorado had 24 shops open Wednesday, most of them in Denver, and aside from long lines and sporadic reports of shoppers cited for smoking pot in public, there were few problems.