Utah authorities on alert as Colorado prepares to open retail marijuana stores

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  • ReadMineFirst Ft. Collins, CO
    Jan. 2, 2014 7:30 p.m.

    Good Grief! Hasn't anyone been watching the OTHER news in my state of Colorado over the past two years? Here's a quick update...numerous devastating wildfires and severe flooding (this past flood has been labeled the 500 yr. flood). All of these catastrophes have destroyed families, homes, churches, livestock and taken numerous lives. Do any of you remember the name Claire Davis? She was the beautiful high school student that was recently killed. So, do you honestly think all of us are happy about the sale of drugs in our state? We are not! We are concerned for our children, our grandchildren, and now, more than ever, we are concerned about our safety on the highways. And, for those of you who think all of this has just been "mother nature" at work...think again.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 12:04 p.m.

    @ sandydog5:

    The market for pot isn't profitable anywhere where its illegal... if you get caught, fined, and then sent to prison for illegally selling it.
    Just something you might want to keep in mind before letting your entrepreneurial inclinations get too carried away.

    @ RLSfanalways:

    Apparently you didn't read the article very well. It doesn't matter if you are related to half the state of Colorado. It's still illegal for them to give it to you or anyone else. And if you (or they0 get caught taking any over state lines, you (or they) can and will be fully prosecuted.

    Plus, as a non-resident, you will be limited to purchasing only 1/4 an ounce at a time while in Colorado... with each purchase being recorded in a state registry... just like using legal narcotic drug prescriptions in Utah and other states. All transactions will be closely monitored for any abuse.

    As such, you'd better do some serious thinking before any such doing... if you want to minimize future regrets.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 11:42 a.m.

    @ Happy Valley Heretic:

    If Colorado made such a smart decision, then why are there only 2 states out of 50 who have such laws? Do you really think the rest of the country is that stupid... while you and Colorado are the only real smart ones?

    So people driving around on the roads and highways in mind-altered stupors are not a hazard, either? When are you going to wake up to reality, Mr Heretic? There is no doubt this type of DUI will now spike in Colorado... along with the many deaths they will cause.

    Oh... and how long have you been a spokesperson for Utah Law Enforcement? From reading your various posts, you certainly appear to be wearing a lot of self-given hats that come without any official authority. What a wonderful service you are to the community.

    @ antodav:

    You should go preach to your own state (Florida) about right and wrong before preaching on a soapbox to Utah about what we should and shouldn't do.
    BTW: Cocaine comes from a plant, too. So by your reasoning, we should legalize that as well. It would appear your thinking has already been altered.

  • RSLfanalways West Valley, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 9:42 a.m.

    I might have to increase my visits to Colorado this year. Good thing I have family that lives there so they can get some for me.

  • JerryBall San Francisco, CA
    Jan. 1, 2014 7:42 p.m.

    Now some states make tax revenues off the sale of cannibus, some make money off the marketing of penitentiary incarceration of cannibus users. Which way is better? The former I think.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 1, 2014 5:00 p.m.

    Utah police raided a house for growing marijuana on a virtual no knock warrant and the home owner fearing these were home invaders shot and killed one police and wounded others.

    All for a drug that there is no clear evidence is worse than alcohol. United States has more people in prison than any other country. This is a great unnecessary expense at a time when we are cutting veteran retirement they have earned and there is serious talk about cutting Social Security the American people have earned.

    And for what? Now Utah law enforcement wants to waste more time and effort, money and possibly lives still going after Marijuan still? This is a poor use of our scarce limited financial resources.

  • marcus816 Snowmass, CO
    Jan. 1, 2014 4:59 p.m.

    Don't worry about us, we'll grow our own. There really shouldn't be any need to import from California considering that the retail price here will probably be lower than the wholesale price in CA. When you consider that we just voted a tax increase to pay for the monitoring and auditing to make sure that all (as much as is humanly possible)ll marijuana sold in CO will be home-grown you'll realize that these police departments are over-reacting to the "threat".

  • davemartin7777 West Valley City, UT
    Jan. 1, 2014 4:44 p.m.

    re: Badgerbadger

    Poisonous mushrooms, hemlock... so much like a plant for which there has never been an overdose death in all or recorded human history.

  • Rabbi McMoe Sonoma, CA
    Jan. 1, 2014 4:27 p.m.

    I've smoked pot for 45yrs and exercise daily. This keeps my lungs blown out so it doesn't hinder my breathing abilities. Anybody stupid enough to think that marijuana is a class one narcotic needs to back to school.The Feds need to attend to other business besides pot smokers. Colorado is a very progressive state and one which I am proud to say that I lived there for 20 years and was also busted there for one once of pot. That was in the 70's but I did not receive any jail time behind it. So even back then, they were ahead of the curve. I trust the good folks of Utah will incorporate the same type law and thinking.

  • Brent T. Aurora CO Aurora, CO
    Jan. 1, 2014 2:54 p.m.

    As one who voted FOR legalizing recreational use in Colorado, wanted to raise my voice here as one who is (not really) surprised and embarrassed by results of passage. My intent was to rid the legal system (law enforcement hours,court time and money) of having to pursue "criminals" engaging in the stupid pursuit of recreational marijuana use, and to close the black market.

    What disturbs me is the idea that the ONLY apparent reason recreational use wasn't more widespread was people were obeying the law. Because now it would seem the majority here feel they have to participate. So while it was expected use might tick up a bit, it is discouraging and (a little) shocking to see such MASS stupidity.

    Worse, my city, feels like they need to engage in allowing the sale within our municipality, to entice such "commerce" and collect the tax revenue thereof. To my city council I have written, if money/tax revenue is the goal, then by all means legalize, regulate and tax gambling/gaming as well as prostitution. Both are quite popular and should reap heaps of revenue. What's a little a vice but some spice?

  • brotherJonathan SLC, UT
    Jan. 1, 2014 12:09 p.m.

    Any law that violates citizen equality to each other is not constitutional. All drug laws enforce your wants or needs on other citizens by making them pay for permission to purchase or possess a commodity, that is what drugs are. Real criminal offences are actions that violate another's rights in some way. Prohibition through a monopoly and its elite citizenship group doctors oppress every citizen's freedom and liberty to treat pain or suffering. The reason most citizens don't speak up and say drug laws are not fair or just is the truth hidden from our conscious minds; our human instinct program protects status quo operations of society. If we honor our code of conduct, the Constitution and share Equal Under All Laws; we the people will treat each other as God intended when he gave our Constitution to us. With liberty and justice for all. "Truth and the logic to back it up."
    Truth is knowledge of what is real. Human conscious reality is constructed by our human instinct program's operations, ask a psychiatrist or doctor of psychology if this is truth or fiction?

  • GK Willington Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 1, 2014 11:34 a.m.

    re: Badgerbadger

    You have to be on something to voluntarily watch a parade on TV.

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 1, 2014 11:26 a.m.

    Time to invest in Frito Lay and whoever owns Hostess now.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Jan. 1, 2014 10:42 a.m.

    The rose bowl parade is having a SSM on a float because it is now legal. Perhaps we should have a weed smoking float too, now that it is legal. They could have a smoking party as they go down the road. Of course it would have to be in Colorado or Washington, but what a great thing for our kids to see in a parade!

    Then we could have a poisonous mushroom eating float too. Mushrooms are natural growing herbs too you know. Hemlock too.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 1, 2014 10:35 a.m.

    ""I think anytime you have a situation where law enforcement has decided enforcing certain laws are not a priority, I think you're going to see an uptick in usage,” Edmunds said."

    You mean like Utah law enforcement not enforcing illegal immigration laws?

  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    Jan. 1, 2014 9:44 a.m.

    *smh* Utah. It's not a "drug." It's a PLANT. A NATURAL HERB that grows out of the ground with PROVEN medical value. This is an enormous waste of taxpayer money and a distraction from real criminal activity that's going on in Utah and elsewhere around the country. Instead of pursuing this nonsensical course, Utah should just legalize it as well and then reallocate that money to some useful purpose—or better yet, give it back to the people.

  • elgreco grand junction, CO
    Jan. 1, 2014 9:27 a.m.

    Better nip that evil weed in the bud, Utahns. The end of the world as we know it! And it's about time!

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Jan. 1, 2014 8:24 a.m.

    Colorado made a smart decision, allowing a plant that has been used for thousands of years by man with little or no social or health problems to be brought out of the shadows into the light.

    Of course Utah Law enforcement sees it as a sacred money cow for the legal system.

    Utah should join in celebration of a freedom restored.

  • sandydog5 Big Bear Lake, CA
    Dec. 31, 2013 10:03 p.m.

    ""There's a profitable market for the substance over there," Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said."

    There is a profitable market everywhere for cannabis, even in Utah.