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January 27, 2014 - 2:54 pm

It’s now legal to buy pot in two different ways in Colorado. You can get clearance to use it for medicinal purposes, or you can just go to a dispensary and buy your pot and pay sales and other taxes along the way.

BuzzFeed reports that many in Colorado are just keeping on buying their pot illegally.

But some people like Mario, a 31-year-old graduate student who works part-time at a restaurant, are still turning to the black market for their weed.

Sitting in a vegetarian café near his Denver apartment that has a bathroom covered in graffiti like “Urban Farming Is The Future!”, Mario said he feared being on a medical registry while still in school.

A lifelong Colorado resident, Mario, a slight man with glasses and a goatee, who asked that his last name to be withheld, has yet to step foot in a dispensary. That’s because he can get an ounce of weed for $60 from a coworker whose family member has a home grow. Granted, that’s an unusually low price, as high-quality green generally costs an average of $237 an ounce, according to priceofweed.com, a self-described “global price index for marijuana.”

Purchased legally, without a medical card, that same amount would put him out around $400.

“I’m afraid that information could get somehow compromised,” he said about his fears of his loans being affected by being on a medical registry. “The last thing I’d want is to get my federal funding cut off.”

Heaven forbid.

On the other hand, Mario’s fear of getting on any government list makes sense and should be encouraged.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Marijuana is not alcohol. It takes a high level of skill to make your own booze that is as good as what you buy in the store. Anybody can grow good weed. The states that legalize weed hoping for a big revenue bonanza are going to be sorely disappointed. If legal weed costs too much then people will grow their own.

Prediction: In a few years time weed will lose it legal status since the government can't make any money on it.
38 weeks ago
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Liberals don't understand economics and math is hard.
38 weeks ago
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"DUH!"

Again and again and again, on blogs and comment sections all over the web where I ran across discussions on "legalization," I'd ask this question:

Will legalizing drugs end the illegal drug trade?

No one, and I mean NO ONE got the right, and simple, answer. No one. I got everything from "of course it will!" to some mealy-mouthed prevarications about "well . . . maybe there'll still be SOME illegal trade for some reason, blah, blah, . . . . puke."

Sorry folks. It takes a Government to legalize something, and invariably that means a whole host of qualifiers that marginalizes thousands, or even millions of people.

Nevada may have "legal prostitution," but the vice squads in Vegas and Reno are plenty busy busting hookers and pimps. Why IS that?

You want to "legalize" something, fine, but be prepared for the ramifications.
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I made a similar arguement in many venues. My angle was that sooner or later someone is going to sue a legal seller of pot for responsibility of his own actions after smoking pot, just like the drunk sues the last bar that served him a drink before killing someone as a drunk driver. To get insurance against this, the legit businessman will have to raise his prices, and thus the blackmarket weed will be cheaper, and drive him out of business.

But it looks like the end result is happening without my scenario, and faster.
38 weeks ago
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People still make illegal hooch (no tax stamps) and they smuggle cigarettes across state lines from low tax states to high tax states, not to mention Cuban cigars, although the volume on those is lower. $400 an oz. legal v. $60 illegal? You don't have to be Warren Buffett or Ben Bernanke to figure out those economics. And there's the gubmint making those lists! Sign here if you have a firearm. Sign over here if you like to get small.
38 weeks ago
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Colorado suddenly makes it illegal once again and now you're on a list.

"Still buying weed, buddy? HOW? Or have you sworn it off in keeping with the law? We have a warrant. You have the right to remain silent."
38 weeks ago
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31 year old grad student who works ad a barista part time and lives off the gov't benefits while smoking weed. This, America, is the type of "superior intellectual leader of the people" who had been America's "leadership" and "elite" - in other words, government beaurocrat - since the 70s.

He never, most probably, did an ounce of physical work in his life, knows nothing about the world (what his like-minded professors blabber doesn't count), and cannot actually *do* anything properly, from flying a fighter plane (like Bush Sr. & Jr.) to changing a flat.

From mom's basement through grad school to the IRS - that is his one and only career path. And you wonder why you're in trouble? Because you're ruled by vindictive, self-important children (of all ages), that's why!
38 weeks ago
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Some people get their weed for $60 and some get it for $400. This is a shocking example of not only inequality but forcing poor people to break the law to be able to afford their right to get faded.

I see income-based subsidies on the horizon if these states have one ounce of compassion and fairness...
38 weeks ago
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I live in Colorado. I also predicted just this turn of events several times at several PJM venues. Just please do not talk too loudly about the subsidies. We still have a Democrat governor and both Houses of the Legislature held by Democrats. We have already seen that they cannot resist raising taxes for any idiocy that comes along.

Subotai Bahadur
38 weeks ago
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Marijuana is not alcohol. It takes a high level of skill to make your own booze that is as good as what you buy in the store. Anybody can grow good weed. The states that legalize weed hoping for a big revenue bonanza are going to be sorely disappointed. If legal weed costs too much then people will grow their own.

Prediction: In a few years time weed will lose it legal status since the government can't make any money on it.
38 weeks ago
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Yep, that's what bootleggers thought ... a kettle, a fire, some copper tubing, a little corn mash, ... naw, it cain't be this easy to make some 'shine! Why, we'd haveta go around wearin' white coats and lettin' the likker sit in oak barrels or some such horse$hit afore anybody'd buy our stuff!
38 weeks ago
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There was some do it yourself production of alcohol during Prohibition, we were a much more rural coutnry then, but most bootlegged liquor was smuggled in from Canada or Mexcio. Organized crime took over the wholesale distrubutiion of illegal booze. That is why the mob still controlled the wholesale distribution of alcoholic beverages for 50 years after the end of Prohibition. People make it sound that making somehting legal causes criminals to get out of the business just because it's legal. In some areas what is left of the Italian-Jewish mob still does.
37 weeks ago
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Yep, make it legal, then overprice and overtax it. Sure way to keep the black market alive and thriving. Do away with the Mexican drug traffic? Nope.

Why do you think there's a good business in black market cigarettes and alcohol? People who want their sins will gravitate to where they get the biggest bang for their dollars. Human nature.

Governments have yet to figure this out, or they know it and count on getting a fair amount of money from the legitimate market. Just creates more government bureaucrats.
38 weeks ago
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This is true for anything that is overtaxed, and is the logical flaw in the "make it legal and tax it", as a way to "fight the black market", from prostitution to booze. If the government suddenly decided that beanie babies are a social pest and taxed them severly, the sole result would be a huge beanie baby black market.

The only people who think that making the legal product cost twice as much will fight the black market are cowardly, Overpaid people inherently obedient to anything the government says - in short, beuroceats of the pajamaboy sort, the typical demicratic voters.

P.s. I will never spell "burocrat" (to use Reagan's deliberate misspelling) correctly.
38 weeks ago
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How about spanglicizing it to "burrocrat"?

/Since they all are "burros" (donkeys), in more than one sense of the word
38 weeks ago
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Wow, look at that. The black market for weed is still viable even after it has been legalized. Who knew?

This guy may be paranoid (I thought there were no side effects to weed?), but at least he still knows his economics of weed.
38 weeks ago
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Liberals don't understand economics and math is hard.
38 weeks ago
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They say pot makes you paranoid. But just because your paranoid doesn't mean one day they won't be out to get you.
38 weeks ago
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