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Old 05-20-2014, 04:26 PM  
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Legal marijuana created thousands of jobs in Colorado

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Marijuana dispensaries characterize it as a bit of a gold rush: the sudden swarm of thousands of people from in and out of Colorado trying to get into the state's new recreational marijuana industry.

"Everybody's expanding right now," Elan Nelson, business consultant for Medicine Man, one of the largest marijuana shops in Denver. "Really, we're just trying to keep up with demand."

Since retail sales of recreational marijuana began in January, the state has seen a small boom in jobs. The Marijuana Industry Group (MIG) estimates there are currently about 10,000 people directly involved with marijuana, with 1,000 to 2,000 joining in the past few months and more expected as high demand for recreational marijuana continues. MIG says it's hard to separate how many of those 10,000 jobs are tied to recreational marijuana and which are exclusively on the medical side, but at least a few thousand jobs came during and after the preparation and start of recreational sales.

In total, the industry makes up only about 0.4 percent of all employment in a state with more than 2.6 million jobs. But these are thousands of people who could otherwise find themselves on the unemployment line. And for Colorado, they're revenue-generating jobs that might not have existed at all if the state didn't allow recreational or medical pot.

The estimate also doesn't include other groups indirectly involved in the industry, including construction workers, accountants, plumbers, electricians, and attorneys. And it leaves out restaurants and other businesses who might benefit from out-of-state visitors going into Colorado to try out legal marijuana.

The marijuana industry doesn't expect its growth to slow any time soon. And there's good reason for that: at least during the first three months of retail sales, marijuana revenue grew from $14 million a month to $19 million a month.

t the same time, Colorado's economy is showing other positive signs of growth — both a good sign for marijuana businesses and an indication that pot isn't scaring away others, despite previous warnings from business leaders. The state's estimated unemployment rate in April was 6 percent, down from 6.2 percent in March and 6.9 percent the year before.

"I don't think we're all of that, but I think we're playing a role," says Mike Elliott, executive director of the MIG.


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Old 05-20-2014, 11:53 PM   #31
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But these are thousands of people who could otherwise find themselves on the unemployment line.
Undoubtedly for not passing a drug test.
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Old 05-21-2014, 06:34 AM   #32
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They could create more jobs and give a huge boost to the economy AND help the environment if we legalized GROWING HEMP.

Say what you want about Marijuana, but the criminalization of hemp is one of the most ridiculous laws we have on record. All it does is harm everyone except the timber industry and those being bribed by the timber industry.
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Old 05-21-2014, 07:43 AM   #33
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Old 05-21-2014, 06:17 PM   #34
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So, I take it you broke down the headline number for Colorado?

Which sectors have added employees vs. which ones have lost? Where would these pot jobs even be categorized?

I could keep going on the actual statistics because we all know you don't understand them, but that's enough for you to start with.
Go ahead and break them down then. If you won't, then you're not rebutting my point in the slightest. (Rebuttals require proof alongside critique - it's how adults debate an issue, not angry children such as yourself)


Of course, it won't matter anyway since I specifically noted spending shifts don't result in net adds anyway. Even if you **could** prove there were pot jobs added, my thesis that other industries lost revenue and jobs because of it would still stand.
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Old 05-21-2014, 08:25 PM   #35
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Go ahead and break them down then. If you won't, then you're not rebutting my point in the slightest. (Rebuttals require proof alongside critique - it's how adults debate an issue, not angry children such as yourself)


Of course, it won't matter anyway since I specifically noted spending shifts don't result in net adds anyway. Even if you **could** prove there were pot jobs added, my thesis that other industries lost revenue and jobs because of it would still stand.
I'm not the one misusing employment statistics and making claims on those misused statistics.

I'm also not going to tear into Colorado's employment situation because frankly I don't care enough to do so. I do know that Colorado has had at least one city ban fracking and there have been other concerns with fracking. Do you think it's possible that there has been a reduction in gas/oil jobs and that's why their net number is not up more? (Hint it's very possible and because you haven't taken the time to investigate it and want to make claims based on a headline number, I'm just pointing out how stupid you are again.)
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Old 05-21-2014, 08:32 PM   #36
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Citys banning fracking. Thats pretty damn serious stuff there. Unemployment here we come. And when you add "other concerns"?


And you are one to jump BEP?


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Old 05-21-2014, 08:39 PM   #37
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Citys banning fracking. Thats pretty damn serious stuff there. Unemployment here we come. And when you add "other concerns"?


And you are one to jump BEP?


Nitwit. Rock on.
Yet another glaring example of your stupidity.

We've been monitoring MLPs for our compliance department. This came up during the due diligence process (from the MLP fund).
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Old 05-21-2014, 08:45 PM   #38
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Yet another glaring example of your stupidity.

We've been monitoring MLPs for our compliance department. This came up during the due diligence process (from the MLP fund).
"We". **** all. We doesn't involve little ****wads in the mail room.
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Old 05-21-2014, 08:46 PM   #39
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"We". **** all. We doesn't involve little ****wads in the mail room.
Angry drunk is angry. Go sell more thrifty nickel ads hayseed.

Oh and we is my boss and I. Put that in your pipe and smoke it hayseed.
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Oh and we is my boss and I. Put that in your pipe and smoke it hayseed.
I'm impressed. Your boss, Director of the mailroom and office maintenance, and you, sub assistant for flush and mail pickups…..working together on the firms compliance. Sweet. Like you would ever have access to anything related to compliance.
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:33 PM   #41
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I'm impressed. Your boss, Director of the mailroom and office maintenance, and you, sub assistant for flush and mail pickups…..working together on the firms compliance. Sweet. Like you would ever have access to anything related to compliance.
I take great joy in knowing that you will die a bitter and lonely man.
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I wonder if the arrest rate in CO for drugs such as meth, crack, etc, have changed.
Also, DUI stats.
This is where the most important part of the legalization is because for years we've been told its a gateway drug (but cigarettes and beer are ok) and it will be interesting to see how the effects arrest rates for other drugs as well as violent crimes associated with other drugs.
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:49 PM   #43
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I'm not the one misusing employment statistics and making claims on those misused statistics.

I'm also not going to tear into Colorado's employment situation because frankly I don't care enough to do so. I do know that Colorado has had at least one city ban fracking and there have been other concerns with fracking. Do you think it's possible that there has been a reduction in gas/oil jobs and that's why their net number is not up more? (Hint it's very possible and because you haven't taken the time to investigate it and want to make claims based on a headline number, I'm just pointing out how stupid you are again.)
I don't know much about Colorados labor situation other than what the BLS says and since pot legalization passed, they've lagged the US reduction in unemployment.


The good news is, that's more than you could muster up.
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I don't know much about Colorados labor situation other than what the BLS says and since pot legalization passed, they've lagged the US reduction in unemployment.


The good news is, that's more than you could muster up.
You also don't know much about interpretting unemployment data either.
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It's like a fairy tale come true. Regulation is eased, business booms, the economy becomes stronger as jobs increase. The White House said (through Holder I believe) that they are watching Colorado as an experiment of sorts. Here's hoping the experiment continues to be successful.
I wouldn't call it a successful experiment at this stage. However, it's our experiment, so Washington can suck a limp cow cock.
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