Marijuana Clubs Approved in Colorado Senate
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Marijuana Clubs Approved in Colorado Senate
Posted by CN Staff on March 10, 2017 at 05:51:21 PT
By Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Denver -- The Colorado Senate on Thursday passed a first-in-the-nation bill expressly permitting marijuana clubs. But Gov. John Hickenlooper is hinting that he'll veto the measure unless it bans indoor smoking. The bill allows local jurisdictions to permit bring-your-own pot clubs, as long as those establishments don't serve alcohol or any food beyond light snacks.The bill doesn't say whether those clubs could allow people to smoke pot indoors. That means it would be possible for a membership club that is closed to the public and has no more than three employees to permit indoor pot smoking.
Sponsors say the bill is necessary because Colorado already has a network of underground, unregulated pot clubs, and towns aren't sure how to treat them.Pot clubs could help alleviate complaints that Colorado's sidewalks and public parks have been inundated with pot smokers since the state legalized recreational weed in 2012."We have a lot of problems throughout this state of people publicly using marijuana," said Sen. Bob Gardner, a Colorado Springs Republican and sponsor of the club bill.The measure sets up a showdown with the Democratic governor, who has told reporters that clubs could invite federal intervention in Colorado's pot market.Colorado is in violation of federal drug law for not making it a crime to smoke pot, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other members of the Trump administration have said states should not be able to legalize pot."I do think given the uncertainty in Washington that this is not the year to be out there carving off new turf and expand markets and make dramatic statements about marijuana," Hickenlooper told reporters Wednesday.Further, the governor seemed to chafe at the fact that the club bill doesn't expressly ban indoor smoking. A separate pot-club measure going into effect in Denver limits smoking marijuana to special patios, meaning people could eat or vaporize pot indoors but not burn it."Smoking is bad for you," Hickenlooper said. "I'm not sure that's a great thing to be encouraging."Lawmakers who support clubs disagree that the bill encourages indoor smoking."These marijuana membership clubs are so private that's they're more akin to being in your living room than to being in a restaurant," Gardner said.Ten Republicans voted against the pot club bill. Some of them said they fear it'll be impossible to stop people from sharing or selling weed inside the clubs, even though marijuana sales in clubs are banned under the bill."How are we supposed to stop that?" asked Sen. John Cooke, R-Greeley.The bill passed on a 25-10 vote and now heads to the House, where its prospects are strong. One possible sticking point is that the bill bars food service in the clubs but allows them to sell light snacks that aren't defined.State liquor regulations already bar the sale of alcohol and marijuana at the same place, so the clubs would look more like Amsterdam coffee shops than pot bars."I'm sure you can drink coffee and smoke marijuana, you just can't drink whiskey and smoke marijuana," Gardner said.AP writer James Anderson contributed to this report.This story has been corrected to show that Colorado's governor says clubs should not allow indoor smoking.Source: Associated Press (Wire) Author: Kristen Wyatt, The Associated PressPublished: March 9, 2017Copyright: 2017 The Associated PressCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #18 posted by afterburner on March 13, 2017 at 07:08:42 PT
Only Love Can Conquer Hate
What's Going On by Marvin Gaye
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Comment #17 posted by Hope on March 12, 2017 at 18:13:03 PT
Garry Minor
I don't try to tell anyone about the advantages or disadvantages of the herb itself. I quit doing that many years ago. People mocked me each time I mentioned some amazing new discovery about the benefits of cannabis. Now I just let them wait and hear it on the news or read it somewhere. I also don't print up and hand them reams of paper involving Storm Crow's List, anymore. "Pearls before swine" and all.
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Comment #16 posted by Hope on March 12, 2017 at 17:38:57 PT
Doubting Trumpsters or Trumpster's Regret
At least they're quieter, and not grinning and high fiving each other so much! What a relief!
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Comment #15 posted by MikeEEEEE on March 12, 2017 at 09:58:14 PT
Off topic: Land of stupids update 
I'm predicting seniors in wheelchairs will be crowding around the White House for justice. Scumbags like Paul Ryan are looking for their wet dream--screwing over hard working seniors, watching them die and eat dog food while these weasels get tax breaks. I'm starting to hear from seniors who voted for trump, they're complaining that they may lose their healthcare. Having regrets about voting for this asshole are the true meaning of these stupids updates. Enjoy the trump disaster, next stupids update weekly, unless these guys really f'up.
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Comment #14 posted by Sam Adams on March 12, 2017 at 09:57:08 PT
I like the sound of this part! made an addition....>>Depart from me, orange one, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels
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Comment #13 posted by Garry Minor on March 12, 2017 at 06:13:27 PT:
FoM - Hope
It's going to be just fine!I understand how You feel though!Since '04 I've felt like I was living in a never ending episode of the Twilight Zone.I don't live in California, Colorado, etc.I live in a small city in southern Indiana.Imagine showing someone you've known most of your life a Cure for the cancers of the world and they smile with a blank look and walk away. Even pastors, police, politicians, judges, news media and rulers.
You know, the people that we're supposed to trust to do the Right thing.Anyway, what first seemed almost impossible slowly began looking better and better.
Like we were slowly cruising home.Then, along comes trump.However, not to worry!Even here in Columbus Indiana most of those that once had a blank stare, now seem to see! Somewhat.Hang in there, Hold on!This might be the best episode of the show yet!A Wise man once told me;"This ain't a dress rehearsal, Garry!"
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on March 11, 2017 at 18:46:56 PT
I don't know about telling myself it will be ok...
Nothing's been that ok yet. Ever. We just get by. I think it's wonderful when we make advances as a people and as a species. We survive. We go forward, we slip back. We pick up and push forward again.I try to be neither optimistic or pessimistic. Just tending to things I can do something about and keeping an eye on the other I can't really do much about but humbly pray in hopes That I Am will intervene on our behalf.
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on March 11, 2017 at 17:22:17 PT
We tell ourselves we will be OK. I think we will. Too many people are on top of this evolving real time 007 movie. I really worry about war though. I am not ready to go through another Iraq war.
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on March 11, 2017 at 15:06:57 PT
No, it's not good.
It's like one of the the worst not good traits a person in a position to be able to touch the lives of others can have.I've been afraid. I've had enough. I am not going to be afraid of these guys. When they mess up... they will pay.
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on March 11, 2017 at 14:21:43 PT
I am following Rachel Maddow closely and the connections are all falling together. To be a good leader you must learn to be a good follower first. Trump doesn't know how to follow just how to be the boss and that is really a scary scenario.Temper Tantrums by the leader of the free world aren't good for our country.
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on March 11, 2017 at 13:19:14 PT
No. I'm not impressed by him as a human being.
Except, where he's managed to maneuver himself. It's all very strange and that , especially. I hope humanity survives it.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on March 11, 2017 at 13:00:55 PT
I just thought it wouldn't be interesting to see one guy put down other people.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on March 11, 2017 at 11:15:25 PT
Me, too! I never saw it.
Never wanted to.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on March 11, 2017 at 09:57:04 PT
I've never watched the Apprentice and always looked at him as a taker. People that don't show any humility and put themselves on a pedestal are people that turn me totally off. I cannot find anything in his eyes that gives me hope that he cares for anyone but himself. I love this Scripture.
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on March 11, 2017 at 09:37:03 PT
I was just thinking...
I never said, even back in the days when he, and I, and many of us here, were very young, that Donald Trump wasn't an amazing some sort of phenomenon. Admirable in many ways. A dedicated businessman, he promoted himself and his businesses big time. Big, Big, Big time! He and his first wife were on all the TV talk shows, night and day, and tabloids and magazine spreads, and there were a lot. I first started to doubt his judgement when Marla showed up. Over the years, there were several events that built up to my basically being repelled by "The Donald". The "Birther" business put my confidence in his judgement over the edge. The wrong edge.How he "Promoted" himself into the position he is in now is nothing short of phenomenal. He's in a position of great power in the world. It really is an amazing turn of events.Donald Trump is like Ringmaster of the world.I'm mesmerized! I can't look away! What next?I never said, ever, that he wasn't amazing.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on March 10, 2017 at 17:43:39 PT
Comment 1 
Oh my gosh!
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on March 10, 2017 at 07:13:37 PT
"Smoking is bad for you," Hickenlooper said.
Yes, cigarette smoking is so bad, it killed my father and 4 of his brothers, my uncles!But, in Colorado you can still smoke cigarettes everywhere, and each year 40,000 people die in the US every year from 2nd hand CIGARETTE SMOKE!But, if you are debating ideologues, why bother with the FACTS?And so now, finally clubs are allowed, but smoking pot indoor is still not?Patently absurd! This is what you get when politicians are completely devoid of knowing and acting on the empirical truths and facts!Round and round we the people go!
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on March 10, 2017 at 06:37:42 PT
Dr. Scwhag
He's still up to his old tricks! say the governments only pot farm has moldy samples and no federal testing standards>>>Sue Sisley, a primary care physician in Scottsdale, Arizona, recalls the moment she picked up the carefully wrapped package fresh from the delivery truck. Nearly two years after Sisley and her colleagues were awarded a grant to study marijuana as a treatment for 76 military veterans suffering from chronic post-traumatic stress disorder, her shipment of the drug was finally in hand.But minutes later, as she opened the packets to weigh the drug Š as required by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration Š her enthusiasm turned to dismay. It didnÕt look like marijuana. Most of it looked like green talcum powder.
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