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Partly because of the staffing shortage, more than a year after the division was established on July 1, 2011, it has yet to license all of the dispensaries around the state. Despite collecting more than $11.8 million in its first fourteen months of existence, as of October 23, the MMED had licensed just 266 medical marijuana centers around Colorado, and still had 277 licenses pending in the system. Those centers that were in business before July 2011 have been allowed to remain open in the interim — which means that some dispensaries have been open for years without paying licensing fees, while others that were issued licenses in September and October of 2011 are already being asked to cough up renewal fees.

If it passes, Amendment 64 has the potential to bring in far more money — and create much more work for the Department of Revenue.

Last month, the Colorado Center on Law and Policy estimated that the state could come out $60 million ahead in the first year after Amendment 64's passage, by cutting police costs and increasing tax revenue.

But how pot businesses would pay those taxes is another hurdle. As the medical marijuana industry discovered over the last few years, banks and credit unions insured by the feds have become wary of doing business with MMJ enterprises. That led state senator Pat Steadman to introduce a bill last year that would have created a state-run credit union for the medical marijuana industry. His idea was shot down in committee, though, and he ultimately conceded that the banking fix for marijuana businesses isn't going to come at the state level, but the federal. "The solution doesn't lie at the State Capitol in Denver," he said at the time. "This is a problem with federal law and federal law enforcement agencies. We have been searching and searching for some kind of work-around. The bill we came up with has the potential, but for various reasons, I'm not sure it's all there."

U.S. Representative Jared Polis attempted to remedy the problem at the federal level with the Small Business Banking Improvement bill last year, but the proposal never reached the floor.

Tvert and other supporters of Amendment 64 know there could be bumpy times ahead if the proposal passes — but no rougher than the times this state has already been through. "Like alcohol prohibition, marijuana prohibition has been wasteful and done more harm than good," Tvert says. "Colorado repealed alcohol prohibition before the federal government did, and we can repeal marijuana prohibition just the same."

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homersimpson
homersimpson

i can't believe it's not butter and cookie dough.

IcePick
IcePick

I'm gonna call it, Aaron... it's just you and me here....

 

Obama wins the Presidency and A64 wins too.

 

Congratulations.

IcePick
IcePick

Who is Donkey Hotay? 

 

Here's the answer:

 

Donkey Hotay  [ Show all posts ]

Email:asawyer@us.ibm.com

Real Name:Aaron (Sawyer)

Posts: 1,396

Registered: 12/19/2005 06:25PM

Last Activity: 11/28/2007 05:38PM 

 

And to see proof that this is the same Donkey Hotay, here are the highlights:

1) he works at IBM, who has a plant in Boulder on Diagonal Blvd

2) he is a rockies fan

3) he writes like a lawyer 

 

Read his posts for yourself, you will quickly see that Aaron Sawyer IS Donkey Hotay. 

 

Profile:

http://forums.macresource.com/profile.php?1,404 

 

Forum Posts in the "  'Friendly' Political Ranting" section:

http://forums.macresource.com/search.php?1,author=404,match_type=USER_ID 

 

Here are posts from another forum by Aaron "the idiot Donkey Hotay" Sawyer:http://tinyurl.com/cldyphk

wstott
wstott

Who would expect a  journalism award quality article from the pot columnist of a free weekly. Could this be journalism? There is that word again! Breathes give us the Information and background, overviews of the stakeholders, and the story as of today, The reader comes away better informed and with more depth. This is the job of journalists. The malleable message of the 30 second sound bite and the two minute news story does not an informed electorate make. We need every issue covered this way. How good is this article? If you are pro or con on the issue, you still come away with facts and history to defend your position.   

patricia.calhoun
patricia.calhoun moderator editor

just a reminder that we'd love to publish some of these comments in our print letters to the editor section....ideally with the author's real name/town (we don't publish e-mail addresses). Or feel free to submit a fresh letter to patricia.calhoun@westword.

 

C'mon,  Kevin, Ice pick, weib999x -- and dare I say it, donkeyhotay? Any takers?

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

 @patricia.calhoun Patricia, it's obvious that the presence of the Donkey increases site traffic, because arguing with them is addictive.

 

What do you think of the Donkey's debate style?

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

 @patricia.calhoun When you get donkeyhotay to reveal their real name, please let us know.  That is currently the $10,000 question.

IcePick
IcePick

 @DonkeyHotay  @nemopunk15 

"Gotta love R Lee Ermey"  Yea, you know who he reminds me of? Aaron Sawyer, though Ermey appears much smarter.

patricia.calhoun
patricia.calhoun moderator editor

 @DonkeyHotayThe value of a person willing to sign his/her real name to an opinion is priceless...still, readers do it every day, and I encourage anyone willing to stand up for his/her thoughts to do so!

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

@IcePick

Could it be too good to be true?  I don't want to jinx it.

 

 

The Rocky Mountain High just got a whole lot higher. On Tuesday night, Amendment 64 -- the measure which sought the legalization of marijuana for recreational use by adults -- was passed by Colorado voters, making Colorado the first state to end marijuana prohibition in the United States.

With about 36 percent of precincts reporting at the time of publishing, 9News and Fox31 report that Amendment 64 has passed.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/06/amendment-64-passes-in-co_n_2079899.html?utm_source=Alert-blogger&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Email%2BNotifications

 

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

 @IcePick Donkey = a Continuation of Criminal Prohibition against Marijuana Users and Growers and an endorsement of Reefer Madness hysteria regarding the HARMS and DANGERS of marijuana.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @IcePick You're lying again, scumbag. Pay attention. Look it up.

IcePick
IcePick

 @DonkeyHotay You didn't answer.  Where did you answer?  What was the answer?  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @IcePick  -- asked and answered you pig-ignorant drooling retard.

IcePick
IcePick

 @DonkeyHotay 

You know damn well you who are, Aaron Sawyer... employee of IBM.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @IcePick  Who is Aaron Sawyer and why are you so infatuated with him ?

IcePick
IcePick

 @sfsailor  @DonkeyHotay 

While he may seem to be Corey Donahue, he is not.  His name is Aaron Sawyer and he worked for a fortune 500 company in Boulder who many call 'big blue'.

sfsailor
sfsailor

 @DonkeyHotaySo you are denying you fled to avoid serving your prison sentence/s? I am the person who told you, Corey, almost years ago while we were walking near the Capital, that you have no critical thinking skills, and that I was shocked at this as you claim to have a Master's degree. hth. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @sfsailor "You are clearly Corey "Nut-tap" Donahue - the convicted sexual offender who fled to Boliva [sic] to avoid serving his jail time."

 

You = clearly a clueless imbecile

 

hth

sfsailor
sfsailor

 @DonkeyHotay  Your online name, DonkeyHotay; is a play on the way "Don Quixote"  sounds.  Your previous posts from 1-2 years ago, on Disgus, gave away your living place as near Boulder (which turned out to be your sisters apartment). Your posting as DonkeyHotay all but died out in September and October - the same time you fled to Boliva. Your postings started right back up after you where apparently (no one has checked this) granted asylum.You are clearly Corey "Nut-tap" Donahue - the convicted sexual offender who fled to Boliva to avoid serving his jail time. When you fled from America, you also forfeited all of the bonds your acquaintances had to put up to bail you out of jail all those times from your stint terrorizing the Denver Occupy movement... In the end, when you fled, the people who bailed you out must have  lost over $10k.So, Corey, what gives you the right to chime in on anything in Colorado? You fled from here physically.... And why is Westword letting you, a known, fleeing and fleecing felon have a soapbox? If WW is not going to have any standards here- what's next??? Is WW going to have a forum where pedophilies can come and taunt their victims? Seems like sound Corey Donahue style logic to me...

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @IcePick  @kevin_hunt  

 

Says the Village Idiot who's also claimed I was Laura Kriho, Kathleen Chippi, two different guys from Wyoming, and whatever current delusional nonsense he happens to entertain in his schizophrenic mind.

patricia.calhoun
patricia.calhoun moderator editor

 @DonkeyHotay irony is never lost on me. It's one of my favorite things. But the simple fact is that, unlike a food critic who can write under her real name and make reservations under a fake one, an MMJ reviewer must do the reverse: Use the real name to get into the place, and so a fake one for the reviews.

 

what's your explanation.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @patricia.calhoun 

 

And the irony of this on a blog written by "William Breathes" is lost on you, Patty?

 

 
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