Okay folks. I did it. I finally went to a pot store here in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado this afternoon so my husband could buy some legal weed! Having lived through the good ol’ days when an ounce could net you three, five, ten years in the penitentiary, I still almost can’t believe what just happened.
The name of the store is “Terrapin Care Station.” It’s located at the corner of Canyon Boulevard and Folsom Street in the downtown area of town (very prominent intersection), in a building that used to house a Dunkin Donuts shop. (From sugar and fat to pot. Hey, why not?)
There’s plenty of parking on the south and west side of the building (probably 25 spots) but only two were open when we drove up.
There was a guard outside the front door. I couldn’t tell if she was armed because she had a jacket on.
There was another guard inside the front door (he also had a jacket on so I couldn’t see if he was armed either) who checked our IDs to make sure we were over 21 even though we very obviously are. Groups entering were limited to a maximum of three.
We were to told to “take a number” from one of those round red machines you see at the deli where you pull the tab and a little piece of paper breaks off with a number on it. Then we were offered a “menu” explaining the various forms of pot available. It listed “Sativa Dominant,” “Indica Dominant,” and “Edibles.” The edibles included candy, chews, brownies and 100 mg drops (Indica and Sativa).
There were approximately 15 people, all with numbers, in the front main waiting room. The back half of the space is walled off and can only be entered via a door that remains locked. That’s were the pot is.
The “Sativa Dominant” type was advertised as an “energizer” as opposed to a downer-type and had the most comprehensive list, with 12 varieties named things like “Train Haze,” “Glass Slipper,” “Chrenobyl #1,” (not a misspelling) and “Coal Creek Skunk.”
When our number was up we were ushered through the usually-locked door into the back room. Once through the door (which was locked behind us) we saw approximately four stations where other customers were being helped, as well as another security guard. I’m not positive but I’m pretty sure he was armed.
We were told to go to station #3. The woman who escorted us in then proceeded to talk to us about the varieties. I told her my husband was interested in buying seeds but she said seeds were only sold under the auspices of medical marijuana, which they weren’t licensed to sell and for which one needs a license to purchase, which my husband doesn’t have.
After a bit more discussion my husband decided to buy 1/4 ounce of “Glass Sipper” and 1/4 ounce of “Agent Orange.” The “Glass Slipper” was advertised as moderately strong while the “Agent Orange” is in the strongest class. The pot was presented to us in two white, opaque plastic jars a little larger than a medium-sized prescription bottle. We bought the smallest amount possible of both and the tab, including taxes, was $48.00. They only accept cash (because banks haven’t been given carte blanche by the Feds to transact money from the sale of dope yet.)
Once we’d made our purchase we were escorted out into the main waiting room through the momentarily unlocked, locked door and we left.
The whole process took about 15 minutes.
I tried marijuana for the first time in approximately 1969. I remember buying a “nickle bag” which I think was an ounce (for $5) and I pretty much smoked the whole thing over the course of a day or two but didn’t feel a thing.
I smoked pot on and off for the next five or six years but didn’t really like it and haven’t smoked it since. Still, it’s really something, after more than 40 years, to walk into a store, buy legal marijuana, and not sweat bullets the whole way home…or even after getting home.
It’s beyond about time.
Jeff Zucker left NBC Universal last year to head CNN without, apparently, any idea of how he was going to resuscitate it:
Despite the mishmash of shows and documentaries that will air in the 10 p.m. hour for the time being, [CNN's president Jeff] Zucker told TV Newser that CNN is committed to news:
The fact is CNN is actually offering more hours of live news programming today than we have at any point in the last five years. So the two [live news and documentaries] are not incompatible. We are always there when news happens. We’re in Ukraine this week, and Crimea, in tremendous numbers, offering round-the-clock coverage, far more than anyone else.
That may be true when it comes to breaking news, but it does seem to conflict with what Zucker said in December when he told Capital New York that “we need more shows and less newscasts.”
Sounds like he doesn’t know what CNN needs.
What CNN needs is bold, decisive action. But instead, Zucker has taken a more haphazard approach that will only ensure that they will remain in the cable-news ratings cellar for some time to come.
Sheesh. I’ve never heard a corporate honcho sound so lost.
It’s going to be interesting to see how Colorado enforces its news laws against driving while stoned on marijuana/THC. It’s my understanding that medical marijuana does not induce a high so how are they going to handle that?
Anyway, here’s a new ad released yesterday by the Colorado Department of Transportation. Note the apparent demographic the ad is aimed at — middle age-ish men. It’s pretty funny actually.
Wow, this is fascinating, 19,000 miles!
A great white shark called Lydia is set to make history. First tagged a year ago off the Florida coast, she’s on her way to becoming the first tracked white shark to cross the Atlantic.
Lydia is being monitored by the marine nonprofit Ocearch as part of its ongoing project to help researchers and scientists gather previously unattainable data on shark movement, biology and health. The 14-foot-6-inch great white has migrated more than 19,000 miles since being tagged.
The Ocearch team uses two different kinds of electronic tags, Skomal explained. One is a pop-up satellite tag that can archive data such as depth and light levels. The tag can be programmed to release from the shark and then float on the water surface to transmit data back to the scientists.
Another is a real-time satellite tag, which connects to a satellite whenever the shark comes to the surface, providing data about the shark’s movements so scientists — and the public — can follow a shark’s migration patterns over a long time. This is what Lydia has.
I can’t wait to hear more about what’s learned here.
We’ve all heard it: Unions donate as much money to political campaigns as wealthy donors like the Koch brothers. The Kochs donate to Republicans and unions donate to Democrats so it all works out in the end, right?
No, because that’s not true:
A larger version of this graph and more here.
My Tweet of the Day: The outline of the country of Monaco superimposed on a map of Newark Airport. To say the least, it’s tiny:
On Wednesday the District of Columbia’s “Water and Sewer Authority” warned residents to boil their water due to a power outage at a pumping station. Pretty amazing when people in a nation’s capital have to boil their water.
Today, the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs notified its employees that its headquarters building,
…located at 810 Vermont Ave., NW are CLOSED. Telework-ready employees must follow VA policies.
Due to an apparent collapse of the DC sanitary sewer line connected to the building, for the safety and welfare of employees, 810 Vermont Ave., NW in Washington, DC is CLOSED in accordance with direction from Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Poetic justice, isn’t it, that these things are happening in Washington? Maybe (not holding my breath) they’ll spur our inept leaders into taking some action.