Written by guest contributor, "hardybear" of the wonderful Free Range Talk site:
The Rocky Mountain Legal Doobie Debut numbers are in -- and the pot of gold that was hoped for in Colorado's Green Rush did indeed appear at the end of the Recreational Use Revenue rainbow. A chillin' 34 million dollars (presumably much in highly-scented sacks of even colder cash) blew into the State of Colorado's coffers from the sales of marijuana -- sin-taxxed to the max -- in the virgin legalized retail month of January.
For a speedy gauge, the combined tax revenue sales of clothing, shoes and furniture scuppered in for the same period was just shy of double of them there cannabis tax cash millions! Washington state will soon make economic history when their own elevated pot revenues stream in to impress skeptical bean counters.
Where else are you going to come up with upwards of a million in legal revenues A DAY, 48 idiot (including many in Broke Ass territory) states that are still for all intents under Prohibition?
Colorado will be reinvesting a large share of their Mary Jane Monies into the best interests of a wildly needy population: their schoolchildren. Appears that these immodest sums will add up a tad faster than the mighty admirable Box Top$ For Education campaign. As far as good old capitalism goes, here's your sign of a bullish bud future: the First Family of Weed, featured on [msnbc's fair-haired new hope of a lad] 'Ronan Farrow Daily' on Tuesday.
It'd also be great to know that when the eldest nephew here in Vermont [which decriminalized down to a ticketed fine in 2013] wants to enjoy a skosh of some rad Alaskan Thunderfvck on the weekend, that it's safe to purchase and no one is going to end up in a jail cell because we Puritans were still glued to the urban myths and Regressive paranoia channels. Man.
Related wag o' the finger? Jerry Brown, WTF is up with the public mellow-harshing, mann?? And Mickey Hart just barely hailed Governor Moonbeam as a hero -- that's Dead Cred, mannn!?!
New York State, however, is more than a bit behind the high times, Andrew Cuomo only recently gave the grand gubernatorial nod to medical, but having Rx dispensaries and growers in such a key NE state is a mega-win for the Cause. A wowed reporter over at Alternet was actually allowed on some ride-alongs with a high-end bud bike-delivery service that merrily brings ganja to your door in the Big Apple -- called Secret Fleet. The incoming supply pipeline is not optimal. For anybody.
The weed comes to New York on many modes of transportation. “It’s like prohibition,” Brian says. “You ever seen that show ‘Moonshiners’? It’s like that. They’re hiding it in VW vans or putting it in trucks and covering it in manure. Anything they can f**king think of.”