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Dear Stoner: Why Is the Price of Recreational Weed So Much Higher Than Medical?

Dear Stoner: Why is the price of recreational cannabis usually 50 to 100 percent more than its medical equivalent? I do fully understand that the rec weed is more heavily taxed, but I'm referring to the price before taxes. Isn't it the same weed? Does it cost more to grow it or license it — or is it just another example of price-gouging? I must be missing something here!
DJ From Ohio

Dear DJ: While dispensary owners will say that the high prices are due to the high cost of opening up a recreational dispensary, we don't buy it. Not that we doubt it was expensive to jump through the hoops of state and local licensing — but dispensaries had to pay for licenses for medical cannabis, too, and weren't jacking up prices on pot to $50 an eighth before taxes. It's hard to not see it as price-gouging when they are charging the same price as dealers did ten years ago, when the stuff was still illegal to buy and sell.

We've even heard rumors of price-fixing going on by members of certain industry groups, with dispensaries conspiring to keep prices higher across the board instead of jumping into the price wars that brought storefront medical marijuana prices down over the past few years. Whether that's true or not, at dispensaries that have converted fully to recreational sales, it's still common to find the exact same warehouse-quality eighth you bought for $25 in 2011 now selling for $50 pre-tax. It doesn't cost more to grow than it used to; in fact, in anticipation of legal adult sales, many medical dispensaries expanded their grows and built greenhouses to facilitate the increased production while lowering their overall cost of growing by taking advantage of natural light.

But here's the rub: As much as any logical, thinking person might object to the high prices even before the absurd taxes on recreational cannabis, there are clearly people out there paying it. In June, recreational pot stores made $24.7 million in sales — just $4 million shy of the total medical marijuana sales. There's no incentive for these places to drop the price of their ganja as long as the money is still coming in.

There is some light at the end of the (expensive) tunnel, though: Recreational dispensaries are starting to drop their prices as more and more shops open their doors. While such deals are still rare, we've even seen recreational cannabis prices come down to $200 an ounce and $25 to $35 an eighth.

 
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BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

CONSPIRACY AFOOT?

Dear Human Being,


It seems some evil doers are trying to add language to the Colorado state marijuana regulations that SPECIFICALLY PUNISH GREENHOUSE AND OUTDOOR CANNABIS GROWERS!



CALL YOUR SENATOR, CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN, CALL THE POLICE!!!!


This SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 there is a hearing scheduled in Denver that you MUST attend if you are in any way concerned about the earth, the environment, oppression, the American dream, the marijuana industry or people trying to manipulate the law to their own benefit.



Public Comment Hearing September 2, 2014

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Old Supreme Court Chambers

State Capitol Building

200 E. Colfax Ave., Room 220

Denver, CO 80203


In the NEW PROPOSED REGULATIONS greenhouse owners are SPECIFICALLY NOT ALLOWED TO REQUEST HIGH PLANT COUNTS. The special plant count extension would be reserved only for WAREHOUSE GROWERS in an attempt to protect their territory and their massive antiquated, dirty, indoor, pollution machines.  They will railroad us if you don't stand with us on Tuesday. 



Please read this:


5. Application for Additional Plants.

c. A Retail Marijuana Store THAT OPERATES AN INDOOR CULTIVATION THAT IS NOT A GREENHOUSE OR SIMILAR STRUCTURE may apply to the Division for a waiver of the plant limit described in paragraph E(3) of this rule....


That means ONLY WAREHOUSES CAN HAVE HIGHER PLANT COUNTS. You're not going to stand by and watch this travesty of justice take place are you? You're going to get involved and come to the meeting, right?


STOP PROTECTIONIST SCHEMES, CALL YOUR SENATOR, CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN, CALL THE POLICE!!!!



http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/Rev-MMJ/CBON/1251592984795


Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules for September 2, 2014 Hearing



Public Comment Hearing September 2, 2014

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Old Supreme Court Chambers

State Capitol Building

200 E. Colfax Ave., Room 220

Denver, CO 80203



In the document there are 4 specific places "greenhouses" are mentioned. 

E. 5. C. 1. (Page 16) Discusses not allowing an additional plant count waiver if you operate a greenhouse.

B. 1. (Page 17) Discusses limiting the plant count to 3600 if you operate a greenhouse.

B. 1. (Page 17) Discusses limiting the plant count to 1800 if you are new and operate a greenhouse.

C. 1. (Page 18) Discusses not allowing a plant count waiver if you operate a greenhouse.


All of these NEWLY ADDED CLAUSES are specifically designed to punish people who use any type of natural lighting and rewards those who choose to reproduce mother nature by burning very inefficient high powered sodium lights that put out more heat than light.  Guess what they do with the heat they produce?  They run giant Air Conditioners!


This is a direct attack on the forward thinking marijuana growers who are trying to reduce their carbon footprint and actually become carbon CONSUMERS.  This is a protectionist scheme by parties who prefer to burn cheap coal over embracing nature.  Please help us, we can't get this message out fast enough.  By the time you read this it may already be going on TUESDAY 9/2!



(Sorry for the late notice but This is so important that the "DENVER INDOOR PROTECTIONISTS" are trying to ram this down our throats after the long holiday in an attempt to catch us off guard).


Don't stand by, STOP THEM ON TUESDAY.


P L E A S E   P L E A S E   P L E A S E   PASS THIS ON!!!!

 
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