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(C|Net)   Microsoft exec to create "Starbucks of marijuana." Overpriced, over hyped, and with unnecessary variation, but also easy to get anywhere? Okay, that could work   (news.cnet.com) divider line 39
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2013-05-31 07:01:19 AM
Meh.  I go to a small independent marijuana shop.  You've probably never heard of it.

/At least in this state, I hope you haven't!
 
2013-05-31 07:25:24 AM
Hey I saw this on Weeds!
 
2013-05-31 07:51:03 AM
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2013-05-31 08:01:56 AM

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I see that my work here is done.
 
2013-05-31 08:14:56 AM
Partnered with Vincente Fox.

So let me get this straight.  Homie is going to import Mexican weed (Sh*t weed) to sell at Starbucks like head shops, on every corner.

This guy is going to make a hundred billion dollars.  And just like Starbucks, I'll *never* try it.

/Plane trip to Colorado is cheaper than buying enough sh*t mexican weed to get me buzzed.
 
2013-05-31 08:16:02 AM

born_yesterday: Meh.  I go to a small independent marijuana shop.  You've probably never heard of it.


I go to a small independent shop to. Usually the van is parked down by the river.
 
2013-05-31 08:20:36 AM
A bit too ambitious for today.

You're supposed to talk up all the jobs that can be created, not go straight to importing from Mexico.
 
2013-05-31 08:56:37 AM
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2013-05-31 09:05:20 AM
Regular black coffee at Starbucks isn't any more expensive than a gas station and it's usually at least fresh.  It's the Iced Frappe Mocha Caramel Vanilla whatever that's six bucks.
 
2013-05-31 09:07:30 AM
'The Starbucks of marijuana'?  Do they burn it before serving it to you?  Will the baristas be even more disengaged?

I think the billion dollar idea here is selling overpriced munchies to stoned hipsters and yuppies.
 
2013-05-31 09:07:37 AM
If they can accomplish a standardized national distribution network, good for them
 
2013-05-31 09:11:53 AM
I hope this fellow enjoys unsolicited visits by the DEA and FBI because he's going to become very familiar with them.
 
2013-05-31 09:13:11 AM
Can't wait to see what the Baristas write on the bags.
 
2013-05-31 09:21:45 AM
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2013-05-31 09:22:07 AM

Third Day Mark: Partnered with Vincente Fox.

So let me get this straight.  Homie is going to import Mexican weed (Sh*t weed) to sell at Starbucks like head shops, on every corner.


Incorrect.  Washington State law stipulates that the cannabis sold in Washington has to be grown in Washington.  Colorado law requires producers, distributors and sellers be state residents (I'm assuming that includes growers, but in any case it'll probably be local anyway to avoid that interstate transport problem).

This guy is going to make a hundred billion dollars.  And just like Starbucks, I'll *never* try it.

It's not for you.

/Plane trip to Colorado is cheaper than buying enough sh*t mexican weed to get me buzzed.

Unlike coffee, cannabis is terribly easy to grow on your own.  They'll have to be very inexpensive or add a lot of convenience or other value to compete with a dedicated army of backyard producers.
 
2013-05-31 09:26:18 AM
"I would like a medium joint of marijuana, please"
"Would you like to try our new Mocha Frappe Lighting Express?"
"Can't a guy just get a regular old joint of marijuana anymore?"
"What size?"
"I told you, medium."
"We don't have medium.  We have 'skank', 'schwag', and 'chronic'."
"Jesus, the one in the middle."
 / Stuff doesn't burn as well when the barista spits in it.
 
2013-05-31 09:36:53 AM
...import from Mexico....


*closes window*


buy American.
 
2013-05-31 09:44:34 AM

Wireless Joe: Unlike coffee, cannabis is terribly easy to grow on your own.  They'll have to be very inexpensive or add a lot of convenience or other value to compete with a dedicated army of backyard producers.


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2013-05-31 09:44:55 AM
Mexican shweg? ick. If anything get it from BC. Does that mean that here in Canada there will be a Tim Horton's of marijuana once they get rid of Deceivin' Stephen Harper and legalize?
 
2013-05-31 09:48:15 AM

Astorix: Mexican shweg? ick. If anything get it from BC. Does that mean that here in Canada there will be a Tim Horton's of marijuana once they get rid of Deceivin' Stephen Harper and legalize?


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2013-05-31 09:49:48 AM
The blue screen of death will be interesting.
 
2013-05-31 10:17:57 AM

Wireless Joe: Unlike coffee, cannabis is terribly easy to grow on your own. They'll have to be very inexpensive or add a lot of convenience or other value to compete with a dedicated army of backyard producers.


The marijuana growers like that now are what are called enthusiasts.  Normal people just don't got time for that and would gladly pay a premium to have the consistent quality guaranteed by a popular brand label.  That's Starbucks' target market.
The enthusiast growers will continue to grow their own, but they're the equivalent of the people who grind their own organic imported coffee beans or if they absolutely must go to a coffee shop they'll go to a small locally owned one and wouldn't be caught dead in a Starbucks.  Those people exist, but Starbucks isn't missing their business at all.
 
2013-05-31 10:18:49 AM
Strawberry Coughice? Bing Bud? Skype Walker? Pineapple Exbox?
 
2013-05-31 10:24:07 AM
 
2013-05-31 10:31:28 AM

MichiganFTL: Strawberry Coughice? Bing Bud? Skype Walker? Pineapple Exbox?


WINdoze, Improve Your Outlook, Exhale, Roach Clippy, Front Page Snooze, PowerBlunt
 
2013-05-31 10:37:11 AM
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2013-05-31 11:02:20 AM
Corporate PIG!!

/When do they open and where do I apply?
 
2013-05-31 11:18:06 AM

serial_crusher: Wireless Joe: Unlike coffee, cannabis is terribly easy to grow on your own. They'll have to be very inexpensive or add a lot of convenience or other value to compete with a dedicated army of backyard producers.

The marijuana growers like that now are what are called enthusiasts.  Normal people just don't got time for that and would gladly pay a premium to have the consistent quality guaranteed by a popular brand label.  That's Starbucks' target market.
The enthusiast growers will continue to grow their own, but they're the equivalent of the people who grind their own organic imported coffee beans or if they absolutely must go to a coffee shop they'll go to a small locally owned one and wouldn't be caught dead in a Starbucks.  Those people exist, but Starbucks isn't missing their business at all.


Agreed.  I always likened it to growing your own vegetables or making your own beer/liquor/wine.  Sure it isn't that hard, and doesn't really cost that much, but someone like me who works 45-55 hrs a week doesn't really have the time to do it.  Plus, growing a plant takes time and people will want to smoke NOW.

People will still grow on their own and if they're good enough they could become their own dispensary.  Just how some home brewers started as a hobby and then opened their own brewery (perfect example is Monday Night Brewing here in Atlanta).
 
2013-05-31 01:53:04 PM
Will everyone inside be playing hacky sack (footbag) instead of sitting on laptops/e-readers trying to look cool?
 
2013-05-31 02:12:11 PM
"Imported from Mexico" hahahahaha. He really is going to make the Starbucks of marijuana. Sell a shiat product at a premium...and the sad part is folks are going to eat this up.
 
2013-05-31 02:17:15 PM
Chris Rock was right...there will be Weedbucks!

Next up, McCokeald's. Happy Meal and an 8-Ball, thank you.
 
2013-05-31 02:45:58 PM
Once it's legal everywhere, potheads are going to get really bored because they won't be able to spend all their free time talking about legalizing it, passing out disingenuous fliers about the uses of hemp (yeah, right. You want it legalized so you can make pants.)

Not having to hear the same tired crap from potheads anymore is reason enough to legalize it. For goodness sakes', legalize it so they'll shut the hell up and stop making lame weed references all the time.
 
2013-05-31 03:21:29 PM

ZeroCorpse: Once it's legal everywhere, potheads are going to get really bored because they won't be able to spend all their free time talking about legalizing it, passing out disingenuous fliers about the uses of hemp (yeah, right. You want it legalized so you can make pants.)

Not having to hear the same tired crap from potheads anymore is reason enough to legalize it. For goodness sakes', legalize it so they'll shut the hell up and stop making lame weed references all the time.


Word. You said it man. I get tired of people talking about weed. Now that the ball is finally rolling maybe they'll shut about it. Just like how people no longer talk about beer. It'll be just like that.
 
2013-05-31 06:48:40 PM
I can just see the names of their strains now...

- Blue Weed Of Death
- Fatal Exception
- ME Haze
- ARF (Abort, Retry, Fail)
- Three Finger Salute
- Oh Gee Crash
- C Blank
- Critical Stop

/maybe they should go for a tea house instead and specialize in baked goods (cookies, brownies, cakes, fudge, etc)
 
2013-05-31 07:26:58 PM
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There's plenty of pot clubs already that look like a Starbucks.
 
2013-05-31 08:28:04 PM
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2013-06-01 12:24:40 AM

BAMFinator: The blue screen of death will be interesting.


From Blue Screen of Death to Green Screen of Duuuuuuude.

/looks at mouse
//no, really looks at it
 
2013-06-01 03:23:36 AM

L33t Squirrel: BAMFinator: The blue screen of death will be interesting.

From Blue Screen of Death to Green Screen of Duuuuuuude.

/looks at mouse
//no, really looks at it


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2013-06-01 01:38:17 PM
Will they label them with http status codes?

200 - OK [Mexi-schwag]
300 - Multiple Choices [this could be a hybrid]
304 - Not modified [like, non-hydro]
410 - Gone

[Alas, no 420 code]

... and the best one:

502 - Bad Gateway [the irony, man. the irony.]

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/I used to have a weed problem.
//Still do, but I used to, too.
\\\Slashy change of pace
 
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