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Recreational Marijuana

Flying PigWhile there have yet to be any eyewitness reports of pigs flying, marijuana for recreational use is now legal in Colorado.

The first in the world to do so, Colorado legalized marijuana for personal use on January 1st, 2014.

Regardless of your knowledge of marijuana, or lack there of, there is much to understand about Colorado’s recreational marijuana laws, products, and progression.

What you need to know

Recreational Marijuana is being handled and controlled much like how Alcohol is from a government perspective. Like a liquor store, a dispensary must have all the required licenses, documentation and control.

While these measures may seem excessive, they are all in place to ensure employee and customer safety as well as preventing illegal enterprises from setting up shop.

Dispensaries; recreational and medical alike, are all expected to provide value to their communities and uphold their duty to provide quality products in compliance with state regulations.

Much like the sale of alcohol, you must be 21 years of age or older to buy recreational cannabis products. Unlike alcohol, you’re limited in the amount you can ultimately purchase.

For instance, a Colorado resident is allowed to purchase up to a full ounce of cannabis whereas an out-of-state resident will only be allowed to purchase up to a quarter ounce. Before any non-Coloradans get upset about this regulation, keep in mind that a quarter ounce provides even the seasoned smoker with an abundant amount of weed.

For those with their medical cards (Colorado residents only) you’re limit is 2 ounces unless otherwise pre-approved for increased amounts.

Keeping with the theme of comparing dispensaries to alcohol-establishments, there are regulated hours in which you can purchase cannabis for recreational and medical purposes.

Excluding Denver where cannabis cannot be sold after 7 pm, recreational shops are allowed to operate between the hours of 8 am and midnight.

While there are time restrictions, the beauty of legalized cannabis as that there’s always tomorrow!

Medical Marijuana vs Recreational Marijuana

Weed’s legal. Now what? What should you get? Lucky for you, there is an incredibly wide variety of products to entice the seasoned cannabis fan.

Stop with your friends to pick up some top-shelf flowers for a fun night in, or grab yourself a vaporizer pen before you hit the slopes for some skiing (use responsibly).

While there is a large selection of recreational products to choose from, most dispensaries operate under medical and recreational licenses. But don’t get confused, as they are separate from one another.

The key differences between medicinal and recreational cannabis comes down to dosage, quantity, and price. Medical patients are allowed access to larger quantities of cannabis and higher dosages per purchase.

In regards to pricing, recreational cannabis is typically more expensive than medicinal often to cover the overhead costs of acquiring and managing a licensed, recreational marijuana facility.

As this industry progresses and business owners recoup overhead costs, expect recreational prices to drastically decrease to number closer to their medicinal counterparts.

Pot Etiquette & What’s legal

HiResThere’s nothing better than walking the streets of Denver while smoking a joint. Am I right? Wrong.

It is still illegal to consume cannabis in public places. While police may not strictly enforce it, it’s still illegal and obnoxious to other people who may not want to be around it.

A good alternative to lighting up in public is either consuming an edible or using a trendy vaporizer pen, as they emit no odor or smoke.

If you’re visiting from out of state, please take note that while cannabis may be legal here, it’s not anywhere else and therefore is absolutely, 100% forbidden from being transported across state lines. Don’t even try it.

Don’t be afraid to not know what you’re talking about when you finally are in a dispensary. Bud Tenders are extremely knowledgeable and can be very helpful for the first time shopper.

Are you one of those people who think they “drive better high”? You’ll be looking at thousands of dollars of fines and possible jail time if you’re caught behind the wheel.

Colorado recently released an ad campaign highlighting this very issue with poignant slogan of “Drive High, Get a DUI”. Heed their warnings because they are not taking this issue casually.

Industry of Progress

We’ve come a long way over the years and have everything to thank to the all of the activists who fought for this legislation.

We’ve measured the success of medicinal marijuana through the patients it helps and have translated that to a responsible, sound structure for retail use.

The days of needless incarceration for petty marijuana offenses are in the rear view mirror and we can only hope other states follow suite.

It will take the continued support of patients, doctors and activists alike to carry out this progressive vision. Given the status of the industry today, the future looks bright.

 

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Safety First

Cannabis Safety tips for the budding Cannasseur

SAFETY FIRST sign with clipping pathOne of the greatest aspects of this industry is it’s seemingly limitless room for innovation. From delectably creative edibles to artfully extracted concentrates, “Ganjapreneurs” have found innovative ways to provide a variety of cannabis products or marijuana inspired technology. With the myriad of pot-products to choose from it’s important to go in with some knowledge to avoid any not-so-chill experiences.

Breaking Brownie- What You’ll Find in a Dispensary

That sweet, captivating aroma will be the first thing you notice upon your first dispensary visit. Upon check-in, you’ll then be let into the designated area where you’re free to peruse the available products and make a purchase.

Flowers (marijuana buds) will be the main attraction of any dispensary so it’s always best to see what’s available. Don’t be afraid to smell, inspect, and inquire about each strain to be sure you’re getting a good product.

Edibles come in many forms. Find your favorite candy bars recreated or discover a connection never before thought possible. Edible marijuana and infused products are a great alternative to smoking while also delivering a strong high. Just keep in mind that Edibles are very potent and should to dosed appropriately.

Concentrates are an extremely effective way of delivering large doses of THC and CBDs that offer an array of healing benefits. However, concentrates are extremely potent. When trying waxes or other concentrates, it’s important to keep in mind that a little goes a long way.

Balms, roll-ons, patches, and skin products all have their place in a dispensary. Given their tested healing benefits, patients find it to be an extremely effective and healthier alternative to pharmaceutically made products. With some products delivering a high, others are produced to only deliver the medicinal benefits of THC , CBDs, and CBNs without the high.

Driving High Will Not Fly

iStock_000008959124SmallWe all can rejoice now that Amendment 64 has passed and Cannabis is now legal for recreational use. Since we all fought so hard to see this through, we now must use our best judgment to ensure we don’t lose this privilege. So when it comes to driving, it’s in your best interests to pass on grass until you get to where you’re going.

Let it be clear; driving high is illegal. Just like driving under the influence of alcohol, you will get a DUI if you are deemed high. Keep in mind; testing for THC ‘intoxication’ is still in it’s beginning stages and not at all accurate so let that be a deterrent to driving while stoned. If you’re one of those people who fancies themselves a “better” driver after consuming cannabis, you can feel enlightened enough to make the right decision not to.

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Medical Marijuana

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A Brief History of Colorado’s First Medical Marijuana Law: Amendment 20

Since the passing of Amendment 20 in November 2000, Colorado has been leading the way for other states to adopt sensible medical/ recreational marijuana legislation.

Today, we are granted the luxury of having physical stores where we can safely buy cannabis and other marijuana-related products. Find pot shops that fit your budget or pony up for the ultra premium strains. Either way, you have the comfort of variety and security; but it wasn’t always like that. When Amendment 20 passed, we didn’t just have these fully-stocked dispensaries offering any canna-goodie under the sun. Caregivers were actually bound by plant limits that could only treat so many patients. Things needed to change. Caregivers were finding it increasingly difficult to accept that so many patients were going  untreated. In 2007, they finally reached their breaking point. With the help of Sensible Colorado, they successfully sued the state over their counterproductive restrictions on plant/patient limits. This monumental ruling not only made it easier for patients to get their medication, but it also primed Colorado for the Dispensary boom. Two years later, the ruling was yet again challenged by the Colorado Department of Public Health. They were trying to have the 5 plant limit reinstated. Fortunately, Sensible Colorado along with hundreds of activists and patients put up a fight. By a one-vote margin, the “Green Rush” began.

MMJ Today

Anyone who possesses a medical marijuana card in Colorado would have a seemingly endless amount of options for cannabis dispensaries, specific cannabis strains, and infused products. While this may seem like a dreamland for some, for many, it can be a bit overwhelming.

For the new Medical Marijuana or “MMJ” patient, it’s nice to do a little research before going into your first dispensary, but it’s certainly not required. Your dispensary’s “budtender” will be more than happy to assist and inform you about the variety of products available.

Obtaining Your Medical Card

If you’ve come to the conclusion that you’re ready for your medical marijuana card, the process is not as intimidating as you may think. Colorado is home to hundreds of licensed physicians who understand and support the medical cannabis initiative and will work with you to determine your needs. With just a quick visit to a cannabis-friendly doctor and the filing of necessary paperwork, you’ll be given your temporary documentation that allows you to visit dispensaries immediately. However, temporary documentation only allows you to purchase cannabis during government office hours ONLY. Once your “red card” has arrived, you’ll be allowed to shop anytime within designated store-hours.

Your Guide to Cannabis Products

Has it been a while since you toked up? It might be in your best interest to know that cannabis has gotten quite strong since back in the day with a number of innovative, and highly effective products to go with it. Cannabis has about 80 compounds that are used for their healing medicinal benefits. Of those 80, there are five compounds that we put our main focus into. These compounds consist of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabinol (CBN), β-caryophyllene, and Cannabigerol. For more information on the properties of cannabis and it’s medicinal application, click here.

For those who pass on smoking and prefer taking the culinary route, you’ll be amazed at the vastly creative assortment of cannabis-infused goodies. From gluten-free coconut chocolate bars to medicated gummy bears, there’s a treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth’s palate. Need relief in other areas? Discover a broad selection of salves, balms, lotions, hair products, and more. You’ll never know what they’ll come out with next!

Becoming a Cannasseur

Being a Cannasseur is not just enjoying the finest Cannabis in the Southwest, it’s a lifestyle. Cool, calm, and collected, we treat our cannabis with the same respect as we treat ourselves. Consume responsibly, Cannasseurs.

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