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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: CannaBiz

Re: “Cannabiz: Troubles with state task force

I'm still waiting on my MMJ Patients Bill of Rights that states that I have the right to not be fired just for being a patient, the right to not be evicted just for being a patient, the right to drive my car and realistic standards for DUI, and the right to own a gun since I have never been convicted of a crime or institutionalized for mental illness. I am a tax paying American citizen and I deserve these rights! I was almost fired because I wrote a letter to the CS Indy. I don't go to work under the influence, but because they are a non-profit, they say they have to follow Federal Law. When is the Federal law going to match our State Amendment 20, and when are my State Reps going to give us these rights instead of just being concerned with the legalization and collection of the taxes and fees generated from this industry. It's time they stepped up and did their jobs! MMJ PATIENTS RIGHTS ARE NEEDED TODAY, NOT IN ANOTHER TEN YEARS!!!

Posted by gurudori on 12/21/2012 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Cannabiz: Troubles with state task force

Be sure to join in the boycott of Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance members. They want the feds to come to CO and bust you for your legal Marijuana.

You can find a list of members here.


The have clearly stated that they don't want Marijuana or Medical Marijuana and the associated monies, so don't give them even a penny.

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Posted by Are you kidding me ? on 12/20/2012 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Cannabiz: Ali Hillery found not guilty

historic. epic. what a week. congrats, Ali and the RMM family. glad we could be there. keep the miracles coming. KC

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Posted by on 12/13/2012 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Cannabiz: Ali Hillery found not guilty

Hurrayyyy!!!! Congrats to Ali! This is great news! You deserved this win-- Kudos to your legal team for thumping Dan May hard, and thanks to the jury for voting with both their brains and their hearts!

Dan May-- you're fighting a battle you cannot, and will not, win. Your days of playing evil dictator are over. I've never been so happy to watch a person's career crumble as I have been to watch yours! You wanted to be Attorney General? I'd kiss those dreams goodbye. No one wants a person in office who A) Can't understand or follow the law; and B) Can't manage to win a single case against a bunch of pot smokers. I bet that really pisses you off.


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Posted by Jo Dawgie on 12/13/2012 at 1:14 AM

Re: “Cannabiz: Ali Hillery found not guilty

Happy for Ali! Very sad that she had to go through this. Dan May, karma is coming for you!

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Posted by Elisa Osborne Kappelmann on 12/12/2012 at 11:47 PM

Re: “Cannabiz: Ali Hillery found not guilty

Dan May has been getting away with harassment since he's been in office...It's our duty to let the public know about his wasteful spending habits and harassing of sick people and business owners! This must stop NOW! Dan 0 MMJ 7

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Posted by Audrey Hatfield on 12/12/2012 at 10:49 PM

Re: “Cannabiz: Ali Hillery found not guilty

Dan May is now 0 for 7 in his assault against medical marijuana. At some point we can hope that he and his minions in the police department will quit wasting millions of dollars on a mission that is based solely upon his personal beliefs.

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Posted by Are you kidding me ? on 12/12/2012 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Cannabiz: Ali Hillery found not guilty

If you sincerely believe that prohibition is a dangerous and counter-productive policy then you can stop helping to enforce it. You are entitled—required even—to act according to your conscience.

* It only takes one juror to prevent a guilty verdict.
* You are not lawfully required to disclose your voting intention before taking your seat on a jury.
* You are also not required to give a reason to the other jurors on your position when voting. Simply state that you find the accused not guilty!
* Jurors must understand that it is their opinion, their vote. If the Judge and the other jurors disapprove, too bad. There is no punishment for having a dissenting opinion.

We must create what we can no longer afford to wait for and end the most destructive, dysfunctional, dishonest and racist social policy since Slavery.


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Posted by Malcolm Kyle on 12/12/2012 at 4:24 AM

Re: “Cannabiz: Marijuana challenges city

HB-1043 is for MMJ Caregiver Registration, NOT 1284, as reported. The entire MMED registration process is ILLEGAL under Colorado Constitutional Law Article 18 Section 14 (Amend.20, 2000)

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Posted by Timothy Tipton on 12/08/2012 at 9:35 AM

Re: “CannaBiz: DA changes course

Unlike Colorado Massachusetts law requires that dispensaries operate as non-profits.

Posted by mmjviceroy on 12/02/2012 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Cannabiz: CSPD returns Crouse plants

Regarding the "First to Legalize" promotion... It is being run by the group that was most vocal against the passing amendment 64. They collected donations for a competing bill, amendment 70, yet could not even muster up the money to print off petitions to get signed.

Now they see a means to profit from the passing of the A64. Please do not support their profiteering actions. They are just making a living from the cause without really doing anything beneficial.

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Posted by Are you kidding me ? on 11/21/2012 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Cannabiz: CSPD returns Crouse plants

Pretty sure they were refusing to return his Medical Marijuana because they knew that they had ruined it during storage. Returning dead plants and ruined Medical Marijuana will expose the city to significant the multiple hundreds of thousands range.

Why don't they just man up and say "sorry we put you through 2 years of hell and then ruined your medicine." It's the government. After wasting untold hundred of thousands of dollars pushing this sham of a case through the courts, they will waste even more untold thousands by forcing Mr. Crouse to sue the city in order to recover for the damages caused.

This is only one of several actions from Dan May and CSPD that will be resulting is suits filed against the city for damages. The will of the people is stronger than the personal agenda of our biased District Attorney. The courts are proving this out in repeated instances.

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Posted by Are you kidding me ? on 11/21/2012 at 9:58 AM

Re: “CannaBiz: A business-focused conference

it was an amazing event. thanks, Chris and the MMJBusinessDaily for inviting us to speak during the 2 days. it was one of the most business focused events to date for marijuana in Colorado and our nation.

Posted by on 11/14/2012 at 1:40 AM

Re: “CannaBiz: Is the Wal-Mart of weed near?

Licensing adds only about a thousand dollars per month, nutrients a few hundred dollars more.

Not only do I "think" people are 'doing it' but I "know" people who are producing for less than $500 per pound today in commercial production facilities. This is why the large producers are able to continue dropping the price and, ironically, it's the main reason any of the single mom-and-pop stores are still in business at all. Here in Co Springs there are two dispensaries that already sell at $20 per 1/8th.

"Seriously, if marijuana could be grown and sold for $2.97 an 1/8th, don't you think somebody would already be doing that?"

Just because you are not aware of actual production costs you assume nobody else is, this is not logic. You've demonstrated the math yourself, why do you still question it?

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Posted by mmjviceroy on 11/04/2012 at 10:09 PM

Re: “CannaBiz: Is the Wal-Mart of weed near?

Yeah, there are no other expenses involved, like nutrients, licensing, insurance, taxes, etc etc etc... Seriously, if marijuana could be grown and sold for $2.97 an 1/8th, don't you think somebody would already be doing that? Give it a shot, see where you land.

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Posted by Are you kidding me ? on 11/04/2012 at 5:17 PM

Re: “CannaBiz: Is the Wal-Mart of weed near?

Dear "Are you kidding me ?"

Clearly you are the one who needs a math refresher. You first tried to come up with numbers that wouldn't work and in the process you successfully demonstrated that even an idiot like you could produce 113 pounds in this site for as little as $297 per pound, close to what I estimated. Great job proving my point with your insane numbers:

Your estimate:
rent: 5000
electric: 12240 ($0.10 x 340 x 12 x 30)
labor: 10300 ($12/hr x 40 hrs x 5 people)
cooling: 6000 (some magical number you came up with)
total $33,540
divided by 113 pounds
$297/pound or $2.31 per eighth.

Thanks again for proving my point.

Yes, it will take a ton of money but nobody said it would not. If you can build my garden for less than $50/sq ft I'll hire you. That's $500,000 in build-out alone. (Figured I'd help you since the math thing seems beyond your grasp).

Further, you should know, there are MUCH MUCH bigger gardens in Colorado than 10,000 sq ft already operating. There is one company alone who controls almost 5 acres of indoor grow space, and they are driving the price down in their several retail store fronts.

Now tell me again why the price per eighth is still above $25 in most stores. Don't waste your time because it won't be for long, I can promise you that.

And shame on you for not actually bothering to do actual calculations before attacking someone with an actual business and an actual business plan. Go crawl back under your bridge, troll.

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Posted by mmjviceroy on 11/04/2012 at 10:57 AM

Re: “CannaBiz: 60 Minutes comes to Colorado

you have to wonder why is it taking so long government and drug companies we all knew it works

Posted by erniebacca on 10/25/2012 at 9:08 PM

Re: “CannaBiz: Is the Wal-Mart of weed near?

Chris does not really seem to have the business acumen to make this fly. First off, he is bad at math and has no viable business plan.

He want's to put 340 lights into a 10k warehouse. 340 1,000 watt bulbs is 340 killowatt hours 12 hours a day x 31 days @ 10 cents a kwh. That's $12 k just to power lights. That many lights are going to require a ton of AC, probably another $6k in just electric for that, not to mention the thousands for giant AC units and installation. 5 people to run the garden, trim your mythical 113 pounds a month, then transact your 14,000 1/8ths is laughable.

Of course the plants in his "budget" include no medium or nutrients to grow the plants with. He also seems to be missing the capital investment... just a ballast, bulb, and hood will run about $500 each, so there is another $170,000 . Don't forget to pay the licensed electricians to install all that. You can't legally do it yourself if you want to actually get a certificate of occupancy. Additional equipment will probably run you as much as the lights. ETC ETC...there is so much that you are not seeing,

So in short you will need the better part of a million bucks to get this off the ground. Remember, it's going to be months of construction, then more months to crop out the first round. None of those initial months have any income. Hope you have enough in the bank to get you over the hump. Oh, and maybe you didn't know that you have to have this cash up front. Banks will not loan to you. Independents will not loan to you either. A recent court ruling indicated that contracts made in this industry are null and void due to the illegality of the venture. Nobody but the mob will loan you money with only a hope that you will pay them back.

How do you get the number of patients required to support this operation.For each 6 plants you must have one patient assigned. Will a patient drop their current dispensary and sign up with you when you have nothing to sell them but a dream of cheap meds grown with ladybugs?

Perhaps Chris did not notice all of the Dispensaries closing down due to lack of profits at the even the current prices. But no worries, I'm sure he can do it better than the experts already in the industry.

LOL... good luck Chris! And shame on you Independent for posting this blather from a delusional wannabe pot farmer without doing any real background research.

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Posted by Are you kidding me ? on 10/13/2012 at 11:02 AM

Re: “CannaBiz: Is the Wal-Mart of weed near?

"$3 an 1/8th? with 10,000 square feet of retail space, $30,000 in licensing fees?"

The article states very clearly that the cost to grow is only $400 to $700 per pound which equates to $3.12 to $5.47 per 1/8th.

In a 10,000 foot space you could run 340 lights easily producing 113 pounds plus per month (and much more). The rent should cost less than $5000. Five full time employees at $15/hr would run another $12,900 per month. Electricity might run $7000. Licensing only runs about $12k not $30k so that's:

$5000+$12,900+$7000+$1000 = $25,900 in expenses per month

$25,900 / 113 pounds = $229 per pound or $1.79 per eighth.

Prove the math wrong, please.

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Posted by mmjviceroy on 10/11/2012 at 10:10 AM

Re: “CannaBiz: Is the Wal-Mart of weed near?

$3 an 1/8th? with 10,000 square feet of retail space, $30,000 in licensing fees? good luck with that. it's amazing how fools and folly go so well together.

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Posted by on 10/11/2012 at 8:19 AM

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