Colorado’s pro-pot initiative could threaten medical marijuana paradise

05/10/2012

in Cannabis,Global Policy News

Colorado’s pro-pot initiative could threaten medical marijuana paradise

A Fort Collins, Colo., medical marijuana grower walks through her warehouse in 2010. (Chris Hondros/Getty Image)

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A ballot initiative in Colorado that could make the state the first to effectively legalize marijuana has an unlikely bunch of people very nervous: owners of the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries.

Despite an expected surge in demand, some fear passage of the initiative, called Amendment 64—which legalizes the buying and selling of up to one ounce of pot at a time for customers over the age of 21—could goad the federal government into a crackdown on the dispensaries, ending their industry’s three-year miniboom.

If the amendment passes, the “best-case scenario [is] you get a million new customers,” the owner of one medical marijuana store in downtown Denver told Yahoo News. “It would be wonderful.” But he asked not to be named, spooked by the prospect of bringing attention to his store in case of increased federal action.

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