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

http://www.vox.com/2014/5/20/5734394...bs-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 05-22-2014, 09:40 AM   #61
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heh so I didn't even need to tear into the data because I saw a fatal error in your "analysis".

The bright line date of January 2014 doesn't make any sense. The law to legalize recreational weed was passed in December of 2012. The build out to be ready for implementation would have started in 2013 and not when the first recreational stores opened (which already existed as medical dispensaries for the most part.

Going back to Jan 2013, the Colorado unemployment rate was 7.2%. A year later it was 6.2%.

At the national level, the unemployment rate in Jan 2013 is 7.9%. A year later it was 6.6%

Considering Colorado started with a lower unemployment rate, it's not surprising that it didn't decrease by the same magnitude as Colorado was closer to full employment than the national economy at the beginning of my time frame (which is more reasonable and justifiable). The unemployment rate for Colorado currently stands at 6.0% while the national rate is 6.3%.

Please carry on though like you have a clue. It's amusing to watch you embarrass yourself on such a regular basis.

You stupid shit, the original article clearly notes January 2014 as the beginning of the retail pot industry in Colorado and the jobs since then. Read the articles and you won't keep faceplanting like this
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Old 05-22-2014, 09:44 AM   #62
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You stupid shit, the original article clearly notes January 2014 as the beginning o the retail lot industry in Colorado and te jobs since then. Read the articles and you won't keep faceplanting like this
Yes, because everyone hired for recreational marijuana was hired on January 1 and all the weed that was sold since then was grown in a day.
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Yes, because everyone hired for recreational marijuana was hired on January 1 and all the weed that was sold since then was grown in a day.
Don't backtrack from the article. They start January 2014. You goofed badly, douche. Own it.
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Old 05-22-2014, 09:52 AM   #64
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Don't backtrack from the article. They start January 2014. You goofed badly, douche. Own it.
Are you ****ing retarded?

Yes, recreational pot began being sold on January 1st. That means the hiring and everything associated with it would have been done prior to January 1st.
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Old 05-22-2014, 10:10 AM   #65
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I wouldn't call it a successful experiment at this stage. However, it's our experiment, so Washington can suck a limp cow cock.
Fair enough. It's a work in progress that I find promising.
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Old 05-22-2014, 11:33 AM   #66
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Are you ****ing retarded?

Yes, recreational pot began being sold on January 1st. That means the hiring and everything associated with it would have been done prior to January 1st.
Dear stupid: the article specifically states a decrease from March to April. Email the author if you don't like his point. But it IS his point and I addressed it. Try it sometime, rather than going off on wild tangents the article and I don't even discuss.



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Old 05-22-2014, 11:38 AM   #67
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Dear stupid: the article specifically states a decrease from March to April. Email the author if you don't like his point. But it IS his point and I addressed it. Try it sometime, rather than going off on wild tangents the article and I don't even discuss.



You have the attention span of a baby goat.
Sorry, but cherry picking time frames is a red flag that an argument is bullshit.

Yet another thing you fail to understand.

Also, debate on a subject is not confined to whatever article you cite.

Yet another thing you fail to understand.
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Old 05-22-2014, 12:38 PM   #68
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No it wasn't. It was written on parchment. Hemp paper was popular, and it's likely that some drafts for the Constitution were written on hemp. But the real constitution is not.
Nope. It was originally drafted on hemp paper which was 90%of paper at the time. Hence written on hemp.
But transcribed as a copy on parchment.
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Old 05-22-2014, 12:42 PM   #69
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Oh, and hmmm, fish you and your ilk think it was written on rubber.
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I would argue that it will be a material boon due to the cost savings of reduced incarceration and probation/parole costs and the positive tax revenues. But that would be taking the entire picture into account, something putin's pussy is loathe to do.
This is the most interesting aspect of the situation. I'd be very interested in seeing how this plays out over time and if you see a substantial reduction in total incarcerations or instead see other charges take the place of MJ charges.

My guess is that the rate of incarceration won't change significantly.
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Nope. It was originally drafted on hemp paper which was 90%of paper at the time. Hence written on hemp.
But transcribed as a copy on parchment.
Drafts of the Constitution are not the same thing. "The" Constitution was not written on hemp. Which was your claim.
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This is the most interesting aspect of the situation. I'd be very interested in seeing how this plays out over time and if you see a substantial reduction in total incarcerations or instead see other charges take the place of MJ charges.

My guess is that the rate of incarceration won't change significantly.
Yes, I just don't think there are enough hard drug users to make up for mj arrests (since mj arrests are the largest category of drug arrests).
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Dear stupid: the article specifically states a decrease from March to April. Email the author if you don't like his point. But it IS his point and I addressed it. Try it sometime, rather than going off on wild tangents the article and I don't even discuss.



You have the attention span of a baby goat.
Is that an insult or a compliment? I, for one, don't know the attention span of a baby goat.
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Anecdotally, I haven't noticed any societal change in Colorado that could be attributed to legal marijuana, though I have one thing I'm watching..
I don't know if it's a change for Colorado, but I tried to order a pizza the other night and if I wasn't high too it would have been pretty aggravating.

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wrt to the costs that can be saved by decriminalizing pot:

$9B is spent annually by law enforcement/courts/prisons/parole/probation for pot offenders.
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