Washington now 2nd state to legalise ganja sales

| 10/07/2014

(CNS): Washington became the second American state to begin selling ganja legally for recreational use this week, joining Colorado, where the drug is on sale without prescription.  Prospective buyers lined up outside dispensaries Tuesday to become the first Washingtonians to legally buy marijuana. Although federal officials still consider pot to be a Schedule 1 narcotic, residents in Colorado and Washington voted in November 2012 to relax the national prohibition within state borders. Nearly half of the United States currently has provisions in place allowing for medicinal marijuana to be lawfully dispensed.

However, the state is expected to be facing an immediate shortage as state bureaucracy has been accused of holding up the licensing process impacting production and harvest.

While Washington State plans to eventually provide more than 300 retail licenses, this week began with just 24 businesses permitted to sell recreational marijuana. Of those, just a few were open on Tuesday.

"Supply is going to be tight as this market launches," said Brian Smith, communications director for the Liquor Control Board, the agency charged with regulating the nascent retail marijuana market. "This is an emerging market that doesn't exist anywhere in the world. It's a lot different than Colorado. And just like Colorado did when it first opened up, it had some shortages, but Washington's supply system is very robust and in a little bit of time all those suppliers will be feeding into the retail chain and there will be a lot."

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The vast majority of people who have tried drugs have a really positive experience of drug use.  I am not going to be preached to by someone who has never tried anything.

    • Nature Spy says:

      We don't need no more trouble, we don't weed no more problems. Society is not educated enough, minds are weak and shallow and for many there is no tomorrow. 

  2. Anonymous says:

    So lets ask the big important question. So when all the weed heads out there asking to consider to legalize this drug that makes them crazy, how will they afford it. If at present the idiots are too lazy and always high to find a job that they turn to stealing to get high. I ask how does that change the fact that it would be more available to purchase , which simply means, while more people are out working, the more weed heads would be out there stealing and finding ways to get the high.

    The few weed heads that think they need it so bad and care so much for the sick people that they keep saying that this drug can even cure "smallispennisseepelipsie". I do not need any weed head to fight on my behalf that it be legalized. That weed head can move to Colorado, where they can live high for the time they can afford it.

    Until those weed heads can get a time from being high, they will feel the pain and losss that other families have to face when we loose someone close to us from wasted on weed. I am sick and tired of hearing about how safe it is.

    ALL YOU WEED HEADS OUT THERE. BE CONSIDERATE, WHILE YOU ARE HIGH ON POT. THERE ARE MOTHERS AND FATHERS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND EVERYONE IN BETWEEN CRYING TEARS THAT THEY HAVE LOST YOU. YOU MIGHT NOT SEE IT WHEN YOU HIGH AND GET ANGRY WHEN YOU LOW. BUT IT IS ADICTIVE AND YOU ARE A DRAG TO THEM. PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE AND GET HELP. WEED MAKES YOU CRAZY. CALL IT HIGH IF YOU WANT. BUT TOO MANY CRAZY PEOPLE OUT THERE HAVE STARTED SMOKING WEED AND THINK THEY CAN BREAK THE HAbBIT WHEN THEY CHOOSE. BUT NO WAY BRA. YOU GET HOOKED AND YOU LOOK LIKE A WEEDHEAD.

    What would happen in our schools where the children already are high and have a little fear of being caught with ganja. Yes we can pretend the schools are clean. But the fact remains. They are a lot of messed up children that use ganja for no reason other than to show off. The schools already have enough weed head children making hell out of what used to be an enviroment for learning. What more would we expect if it was legal.? One minute we saying that cayman do not need to follow the world with certain trends, but now we want cayman to legalize ganja? For who? For what purpose? How does that help with the education? How does that help anyone?

    We do not need people going to work high as a kite and saying its legal. Jus a minie sa, let me smoke a spliff. They will be so adicted and waste so much money on getting high, therewill be no time left to work. Every problem they will turn to ganja. If it is ilegal now and when they smoke it that it makes them crazy? Better to be crazy legally than illegal crazy right?

    Did it help Bob Marley? He died of cancer, He might have been alive today if he was not high all the time. Or maybe, just maybe would be alive if he did not smoke weed? Weed Kills.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Nobody wants to talk about all the prescription-heads, xanax-heads, alprazolam-heads, that be walking around the workplace like a bunch of zombies. Cannabis hasn't half the side-effects as prescription DRUGS!

  4. Anonatymous says:

    As a victim of many so-called ‘innocent’ smokers, I say give them ganja, but only if you give me+other decent citisens the same Colorado gun-rights!

  5. MEM says:

    I think marijuana can be okay for responsible adults, however I know a few things that marijuana happens to do to less "structured" individuals. It gives a sense of comfort in otherwise bad situations, it provides the "illusion of happiness" which can therefore cause a person who would have perhaps strived to get out of their situation to become contented in it because they smoke the marijuana which gets you high, happy and hungry, regardless of where you are or what's happening. Heck, smoking a spliff after a funeral can lighten that load even. So when people on the lower socio-economic end of the scale who are already unemployed and living in a crab hole get their hands on marijuana it assists them with remaining perfectly contented in their dismantled situation, diminishing the natural human drive to want to do better. They wake in the morning to unlivable surroundings, get up, roll a joint, go outside and smoke with the neighbors who also live in deplorable conditions, everyone hangs out, laughs, plays dominos, hussles money for some beer, sells about $10 worth of the marijuana they do have to buy a plate of food to kill their munchies, then retires to their crab hole to sleep off the rest of the high before awakening in the evening to "chill on the block"…. this is pretty much how all our lil cayman "thugs" live their daily lives, no drive to look for a job and many that have parents who assist them with attaining and selling the drugs…

    • Anonymousand says:

      And while you’re at work breaks into your hom$e and steals your nice computer – oops, no more CNS posts.

  6. Ants Nest says:

    If we legalized weed half the police force wouldn’t be needed.

  7. Anonymous says:

    We just need Doctor Shetty to say its good for medical tourism and it will be legalized. Anybody have his number?

  8. Anonymous says:



    If cigarettes remain legal, you will never convince me that weed shouldnt be. 

  9. B. Earl Lee Breathing says:

    bottom line

     

    alcohol has killed 5 very close friends of mine….and im 22

    it also has made me witness my mother get beaten half to death on several ocassions

     

     

    weed now?

    i seen 2 breddas argue over a missing lighter once

    but constructive thinking and self realization is prevailing whilst *under the influence*

     

    im not here to stand for marijuana, but its not a drug for 1,

    2. it can be abused – but then again what substance cant?

     

    yes, im talking to you as you shake your head and reach for the advil

    perception is everything

     

    pease and bacon grease

  10. Anonymous says:

    Africans should legalise the herb coz truly its our native cultural ciggaret

  11. Anonymous says:

    I have two realitives lying in their graves because of ganja who was introduced by a relative. Thank God he too is also in the grave. The first person who introduces ganja or whatever to a youth sould be put out to a firing squad. Have you ever witnessed the fools whenever they are smoking how stupid they sound when they are laughing and talking? The good ole sensible Caymanians are never going to go along with it BO BO. Politicians are not so stupid as to even think about debating that one.

    • Anonymous says:

      there you go the first 2 recorded deaths in the entire world to be killed by weed. I have lost countless friends and family to alcohol, but that is ok? how many people have been killed in the name of religion, lets make that illegal too.

    • Anonymous says:

      @ 2:11 are you serious?  you sound stupid !!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      What i would like for you to do is explain to us how ganja killed them,i bet you a million dollars that you couldn’t.

      • Anonatymous says:

        Be logical and factual please. I knew these people. You didnt.
        And – do you really have a Million to bet and lose?
        Please.. grow a brain!

    • Anonymous says:

      I am sorry for your loss but can you please tell us how pot is to blame? 

    • Anonymous says:

      Oddly enough ganja has never killed anyone.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Ganja is such a bad topic in Cayman,the worse thing to talk about in these islands,the hatred and ignorance of this plant is shocking,i bet that same sex unions will happen in the Cayman islands ages before ganja is legalised.

  13. Noh Kredibillitee says:

    If you have never smoked weed, then you have no business commenting, but if you have (like me) let me tell you, this stuff will destroy the social fabric of our society. People will be living from hit to hit and their spark of life will be snuffed out.

    Why don't people ever tell the truth any more? Have we become so political that we cannot call a spade a spade? Well it might look like a fork in the evening, Bollocks! Legalized marijuana will be the undoing of us all along with (soon to come) gay marriage and legalized paedophilia.

  14. Anonymous says:

    We nned to get with the programme – if people can do it at home, they will expect to live the same way on vacation. Our Cayman tourist will all end up in Jamaica or elsewhere,what with lights out at midnight and no bedtime spliff.

  15. Whodatis says:

    No one should ever be criminalized for consuming marijuana.

    Unfortunately, thousands of our young men (and women) have been and as a consequence also ostracized by our society.

    A great irony is the way we have sent so many 16 year olds down the path of lifelong criminality for partaking in a practise that a significant portion of tertiary educated westerners enjoy.

    In my opinion, it is one of the greatest injustices we have done to our own people.

    • Anonymous says:

      But let's blame it on Tony Blair anyway.

    • Anonymous says:

      So Mr. British man and hater of British Kind. Did those young adults have a choice, or were they forced to follow that stupid practice? There is no such thing as a practice that is so innocent such as smoking weed. We need dicipline. Ganja is ilegal. The more we make it clear the more children we will save. Making it legal will not help any children. However after 5 to 10 years of having it show on a ploce record and then having it removed from a police record is a whole different topic.

      There are more children that choose not to partake in that stupid practice, than the few idiots that try weed and fill up the prison and / or destroy our schools when they are allowed to mingle with the other thousands of good students.

      Go take your weed to London and fight for your cause. Leave Cayman alone with the weed crap talk. We do not need it legal. It serves no purpose. Let the tourist go to Jamaica where they can share the weed and pass it around to the whole families. We do not need weed head tourist. We need wholesome families that want a family vacation.

      If they have to smoke weed to enjoy a vacation with the family, we do not need them here at all.

      • Whodatis says:

        If ever there was someone in dire need of some weed it is you my friend.

        😉

        Thanks for replying though.

        • Anonymous says:

          Who ever you think you are or what that is. When you have any family of yours smoke Ganga and turn into a weed head and steal from your mother and father and brother and sister to get high. When you have a family member that start to smoke ganja and deny why they look so crazy. When you come home and do not find your electronics.  When you watch as the ganja takes over your family member. When you see how it affects your own life then you can talk. So whodatis. You have no idea. You are an idiot and if you want to smoke it and say that you want it to be legal to save my uncle from cancer. I say shut the crap up and go blame your sorry donkey problems on the Queen. When you have a dead family member because of smoking weed. Then you talk. In the mean time when your kids come home looking like zombies. Smoke it up with them. Share the spliff and see how it feels. 

          Weed heads are not concerened with any benefits of ganja plant. They are concerned with getting high. If Ganja is ilegal and people have to commit crimes to get the money to purchase the weed, as cheap as it is now. How will they afford it when it is legal.? I hope that you will be the victim one day, not in a dead way, but alive to experience so you can witness reality of what weed can do to a family. 

          Show me one way  or the other how it would help anyone in cayman. Again I repeat. There are far more children that has never and do not have any intentions of trying the weed than the few half breeds that making it seem that it has to be legal. They need help to get off from being adictted, not access to more weed.

          I hate weed like I hate cancer. So dont even try to tell me weed can cure cancer and you want to help me. I do not need your weed help. After the high is gone. Cancer is stil there.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I dare any current member of the LA or future political candidate in Cayman to put this matter out there for debate…………I bet he/she will be the first and last one to try it. Damn those X's can speak loudly !!!

  17. Anonymous says:

    The Ganja/Drugs Lobbyists in Cayman are out in force on this issue/story so the decent sensible Caymanians/Residents better start speaking up and show them that the majority is not always silent !!!!!!!!!!

  18. Anonymous says:

    I've been anti drugs for years. Now I've decided that maybe we should legalize it. Why? Because the ones going to jail will smoke and drink and inject and snort themselves silly and kill themselves in the process. They will no longer shoot each other because they are too high to get the ambition to do it. Or shoot themselves because of the hallucinations from whichever drug of choice. Why stop at marijuana? Why not legalize it all? Make it a tourist attraction. Come to the Cayman Islands and get high. Everything is legal here. What happens here stays here. Don't put it in your suitcase!

    Hand out free needles for the junkies. Lower the price of wrapping papers. Have longer restaurant hours. 

    For the high end user, allow them to work as 'functioning' drug addicts. Don't drug test them unless performance fails. 

    I say let people do what they want to do. Goodness knows it would be wonderful for some of them to remove themselves from society with an overdose. Less strain on society feeding them. 

  19. Anonymousl says:

    when is cayman going to ban alcohol if we cannot legalize a little weed? alcohol causes more social problems especially abuse against women and men.

    • Anonymous says:

      If legalisation of Marijuana means that more people are going to be roaming the streets stretching their dirty hands out to me begging for change then I pray that it will never be legalise on this island.  Too many spaced out  beggars at large.  To many stories that don't even make sense. One told me one day that he had some conchs in his sister's fridge and she would not let him get them out until he paid her for the electricity to keep them frozen.  He was out trying to sell the conchs unsight and unseen. Very strange story.  Then there are some trying to hang on to good jobs, but spends most of their day in the bathrooms catching a nap while others can't sit still, either grouchy or too happy.  It seems to effect some different from others but they all look a little off so we all know when you have had a smoke.  I help genuinely unfortunate people but once i see the spaced out stare or the incessant grins for no apparent reason I just move on. 

      • Anonymous says:

        that's crack you idiot and the streets are full with it. you can't get a decent draw, but the coke running rampant.

      • John says:

        They are already reaching out and taking your money.  You just can't see it.  Everytime someone is locked up for smoking a spliff then you and I are the ones who are paying for their incarceration.  

        • Anonymous says:

          I rather pay for it by that means than to have them rob my person or break into my home. Weed use is likely to advance the user to stronger substances-cociane etc. 

  20. Anonymous says:
    no factual statements in your response whatsoever! allow me to present the facts:
     
     
    The Netherlands
    -As a modern, highly developed nation with a thriving economy, excellent standard of living and an important presence on the world stage, The Netherlands is a shining example of how a developed country can enjoy an enviable level of success whilst maintaining a liberal attitude towards cannabis.
     
    -In fact, by treating its citizens as adults, lawmakers in The Netherlands have managed to contradict the speculation of many anti-cannabis activists in a number of key areas:
     
    -Decriminalisation doesn’t mean increased usage: The average usage percentage of cannabis in The Netherlands is lower than in Italy, The USA, Canada, Australia and Spain, despite the fact that it is readily available: This goes to show that legalisation does not automatically mean that usage rates will skyrocket.
     
    -Drug-related deaths won’t necessarily sky-rocket: The Netherlands is known to have one of the lowest rates of drug-related deaths in Europe.
     
    -Cannabis decriminalisation doesn’t equate to a lower standard of living: In fact, Dutch citizens have a lot to be proud of, living in a country which regularly ranks within the top 15 countries on the planet based on GDP (PPP) per capita.
  21. Knot S Smart says:

    For Cayman first we would need the Statistics Department to give us the Harmonized Customs Tariff  unique to Cayman 8-digit code…

    Then Customs will add their 150% customs duties, then the churches will have to take time out of their busy raffle schedules (not gambling), and hurricane shelter building, to make a decision on the ganja issue…

    And then finally our politicians will have to approve a ganga subsidy for those who are dependant on handouts from social services, and our students who are not making the grade…

    Dont worry smokers – ganja use will be approved here soon… Like next never…

    In the meantime I hear smoking the leaves of the breadfruit tree gives a pretty good hit too…

  22. Anonymous says:

    Ganja is a big no no in Cayman,the biggest evil ever,taboo,a topic never to be discussed by govt.officials or anyone else.Jamaica,our next door neighbour,with relatives and friends will soon legalise ganja use. My question is how will this affect the Cayman Is.? What about Caymanians visiting JA? What about European tourists visiting Cayman from JA with small amounts of ganja in their possession? Are the RCIPS going to demand every single Caymanian returning from Jamaica to take a urine test? Its time for the C.I. govt and its people to engage in the ganja discussion,i am in no way suggesting that we should get up tomorrow morning and legalise ganja,what i am saying is that its time for the debate to begin,Bermuda is moving forward with discussions,no sense in living in denial or sweeping this subject under the rug.lots of important questions to be asked,how will Jamaica’s legislation of ganja affect our ties/cooperation, tourism,immigration,economy etc. Its time to get discussions started,time to move forward.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Lessons learned from Colorado – increased tax revenues, decreased crime, job creation, government expenses down, prison costs down, legal costs down and the police can focus on real crime.

    • Anonymous says:



      Decreased crime ?……..that's what you call a false positive. Naturally if you decriminalise a crime you will have less crime reported !

      • Anonymous says:

        Between January 1 and April 30, violent crime and property crime in Denver — the most populated city in Colorado, in terms of both people and weed dispensaries — dropped 10.6 percent compared to that same span one year earlier, official statistics reveal. Homicides have dropped to less than half of last year’s levels, and motor vehicle theft has shrunk by over one-third. Is that a false postive? seems pretty positve to me.

  24. Anonymous says:

    So what is the purpose of this post.  NOT FOR CAYMAN TO FOLLOW.

    Thank you, as we do NOT need this for our country.

     

  25. Anonymous says:

    c'mon Cayman. legalise it, tourist-ise it, tax-ise it, get them farming jobs going. don't let a handful of rich christian 'elitist voters' dictate the future of Cayman any longer. just look at the mess that they have us in ya now! 14 burglaries in one day?? when you could have a $250 Million dollar a year industry. what are we waiting for? everybody know alcohol is the real gateway and domestic violence drug and 100 times more fatal.  

    • Anonymous says:

      The Christian community had nothing to do with the Burglaries – The Bible that we Christians read clearly says "Thou Shalt not steal"  They did it because they have no ambition.

      • Anonymous says:

        I've lost count how many "christians" managers have diverted funds to thier christian cronies, and not consider it stealing, because when they prayed real hard about the immoral act they were given approval from thier imaginary friend because they had suffered in other ways that made thier actions balance out the universe.

      • Anonymous says:

        well I've checked with all the aethiests and it wasn't any of us. Therefore it must have been a christian

    • Anonymous says:

      LOL. So now Christianity is to blame for the burglaries? Well that takes the cake! Back when most of Cayman's population went to church crime was practically non-existent.  

  26. Maiden Plum says:

    Ganja fi life.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Come on Cayman lets get with the programme and save lives!!!!

  28. Anonymous says:

    What we are witnessing here is the demise of a nation that was once great. Unprecedented debt that continues to devalue the US dollar; open borders allowing unprecedented numbers of illegal aliens to enter the country…..1200 per day in Texas alone; unprecedented number of American citizens giving up their citizenship; reduced military which will see the end of the US Superpower status; and now legalised ganja which opens the door to legalising other types of drugs in the fullness of time similar to Holland. It really is a shame. So the nation that was once great cried out for change and they got exactly what they asked for !!! I hope that Cayman will not miss the lessons from this !!!! 

    • Anonymous says:

      Compare the crime rate and incarceration rate of Holland to USA.

      If you can be objective you'll see that Holland had the right idea long ago…and USA is finally acknowledging the same.

      "The War on Drugs" does not work! Legalise it!

       

      • Anonymous says:

        What Holland has created is a nation of Zombies with a relatively small percentage of its population really productive. It is not correct to say that the War on Drugs does not work……….I will give you this……the War on Drugs will never end but neither will the War on Terrorism……….I don't hear you clammering for us to give up that war !!! This whole "legalise it campaign" which you promote is designed to dumb down people and make them modern day slaves in their own countries.

        • Anonymous says:

          The war on drugs "will" end….at least in more modern societies.

           

        • Anonymous says:

          You seemed to have mixed up the Netherlands and zombie movies.  

        • Anonymous says:

          You really wonder what goes through the head of someone who is this stupid when it comes to deciding to vote.

      • Anonymous says:

        So what other crimes should we legalise next?

        If you want to legalise it then fine but anyone committing anycrime due to its use should face double the time. And from what iave heard it kills the brain cells so marujana users should ot be eligible forsoci services etc

        • Anonymous says:

          Yeah I also heard being gay was the work of the devil. Don't believe everything you hear..

        • Anonymous says:

          Uh, no, weed does not kill brain cells.

          • Anonymous says:

            It does. There is a chemical compound in the drug which in frequent and high usage destroys brain cells. That feeling of your brain wet or relaxation is the result of the cells dying. I'm ok with it being legalized because then the people who want it will use it more often and more frequently. Either making themselves dumb as a vegetable, useless to them self or advance to a stronger drug then overdose and remove themselves from society. How is that a bad thing? This is no different than alcohol and smoking which both destroys brain cells. You can die from alcohol poisoning and you can get cancer from smoking. With weed you can do both at the same time! Kill your brain cells and destroy your lungs! It isn't the chemicals in the smoke it's just the smoke that's inside the lungs that shouldn't be there. Think stuck in a house fire that's smoke filled. Inhaling that smoke is dangerous.  It's wonderful to know so many people want this for such a little society. A society that the stereotype is the lazy caymanian. To want a drug that induces relaxation. Another way of making you feel lazier. It is truly brilliant! 

            • Anonymous says:

              Ibelive all the individuals who are in support of this are not actually living in the Cayman Islands or have any affiliation with us, but are simply looking in from the outside and out of envy want our paradise to be come like their own back yard- violent and destroyed.