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(Huffington Post)   Meet Sean Azzariti, the first person in Colorado to buy legal pot. Bonus: He's a veteran   ( huffingtonpost.com) divider line
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2014-01-01 11:46:14 PM  
Take away his benefits!  Take away his pension!  Make sure he can never do anything with his life!
 
2014-01-02 12:01:34 AM  
I'm sure he's happy that you plastered his name and face on national news.

/way to narc the man out for something legal
 
2014-01-02 12:03:06 AM  
For those about to toke, we salute you!

www.wearyourbeer.com
 
2014-01-02 12:16:54 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-02 12:48:06 AM  
Wow. 21% tax?!? I hope they never legalize it in Oregon.
 
2014-01-02 12:54:41 AM  

The First Four Black Sabbath Albums: Wow. 21% tax?!? I hope they never legalize it in Oregon.


They will. Tax revenues are more addicting to a politician than meth.
 
2014-01-02 01:31:56 AM  
A veteran of buying pot? Of course he'd be the first to buy it once it's legal...
 
2014-01-02 06:09:28 AM  
I hope this helps him. I really do.
 
2014-01-02 06:11:54 AM  

twistedmetal: I'm sure he's happy that you plastered his name and face on national news.

/way to narc the man out for something legal

The first customer was 32-year-old Sean Azzariti, an Iraq war veteran who campaigned for marijuana legalization

Under a canopy of cameras, Azzariti bought an eighth of an ounce of the marijuana strain Bubba Kush and a package of marijuana-infused candy truffles.
"We did it!" a beaming Azzariti said at the end of the purchase.


/tfa
 
2014-01-02 06:22:07 AM  
...by the dawn's early light..

*tears up*
 
2014-01-02 06:24:36 AM  
Just saw this on the news...1/8 for $60. I wonder if the ppl in Kansas realize god will send them a tornado at some point to show his displeasure over this?
 
2014-01-02 06:24:43 AM  
$540 an oz!?

I truly am in the wrong business
 
2014-01-02 06:28:38 AM  

madcan34: $540 an oz!?

I truly am in the wrong business



Don't worry. The second it goes national, Marlboro Greens will start rolling off the line, driving the price way down. At that point, some tokers will complain that weed has become too mainstream and the people who brought you Fark Beer Snobs will proudly present Fark Weed Snobs.
 
2014-01-02 06:32:57 AM  

stoli n coke: madcan34: $540 an oz!?

I truly am in the wrong business


Don't worry. The second it goes national, Marlboro Greens will start rolling off the line, driving the price way down. At that point, some tokers will complain that weed has become too mainstream and the people who brought you Fark Beer Snobs will proudly present Fark Weed Snobs.


Craft Joints
 
2014-01-02 06:38:26 AM  
'hero' tag?

really subby?

maybe if he would've applied some of his hero soldiering to the war on drugs the country wouldn't be such a moral wasteland.
 
2014-01-02 06:41:40 AM  
A friend of mine is sitting in jail because of this stupid "experiment". I hope prohibitionists die a slow, painful death of something treatable with medical MJ.

/go veteran man, hope it helps put the nasties behind ya
//miss you a lot, Ana. A whole farking lot.
 
2014-01-02 06:46:12 AM  

8tReAsUrEz: A friend of mine is sitting in jail because of this stupid "experiment". I hope prohibitionists die a slow, painful death of something treatable with medical MJ.

/go veteran man, hope it helps put the nasties behind ya
//miss you a lot, Ana. A whole farking lot.


...Meh just be thankful your friend isnt sitting in prison because of "this stupid experiment." Jail is a Sunday afternoon compared to the realities of prison.

/ Ulua Matti to your last New Years of being locked up Brotha!
 
2014-01-02 06:46:43 AM  
Mr. Azz, he's an Azzman!
 
2014-01-02 06:51:34 AM  

madcan34: $540 an oz!?

I truly am in the wrong business


Well, he did get some edibles too...

At that price there should be quite the impetus to just grow your own. The average novice growers might not be able to pull of some exotic ultra high potent pay strain, but a good buzz can be had for next to no money, and just a little effort
 
2014-01-02 06:59:53 AM  
Just because the state isn't prosecuting anymore doesn't mean it's legal.

The Feds will probably wait until these companies have made a few million each, then swoop in and seize them.
 
2014-01-02 07:03:51 AM  
$60 for an 1/8th after taxes is why there were only 38 people waiting in line, not thousands.  Most of them can get it cheaper on the streeets.  Same reason why most people buy guns on the street, not in stores.

Way to go legalization!
 
2014-01-02 07:05:36 AM  

stoli n coke: madcan34: $540 an oz!?

I truly am in the wrong business


Don't worry. The second it goes national, Marlboro Greens will start rolling off the line, driving the price way down. At that point, some tokers will complain that weed has become too mainstream and the people who brought you Fark Beer Snobs will proudly present Fark Weed Snobs.


Oh heck yeah. I'll proudly dedicate some space in my garden to growing heirloom weed strains for myself and my friends, alongside the heirloom tomatoes and such I grow now.
 
2014-01-02 07:05:39 AM  

adm_crunch: Just because the state isn't prosecuting anymore doesn't mean it's legal.

The Feds will probably wait until these companies have made a few million each, then swoop in and seize them.


Alas, this.
 
2014-01-02 07:06:38 AM  

dforkus: madcan34: $540 an oz!?

I truly am in the wrong business

Well, he did get some edibles too...

At that price there should be quite the impetus to just grow your own. The average novice growers might not be able to pull of some exotic ultra high potent pay strain, but a good buzz can be had for next to no money, and just a little effort


That price exists because the only supply right now is limited.  The medical clinics all told their customers to stock up before the law went live, in case of shortages.  So there has been a run on weed before the law took effect and right now prices are 2-3x what they will be when things settle back down.
 
2014-01-02 07:11:06 AM  

toyotaboy: $60 for an 1/8th after taxes is why there were only 38 people waiting in line, not thousands.  Most of them can get it cheaper on the streeets.  Same reason why most people buy guns on the street, not in stores.

Way to go legalization!


OK, first of all that's cheaper than it is where I live for good quality stuff. Around here it's like $75 for that eighth. Second, this was literally the first day it was for sale. Relax, give it some time and the price will come down.
 
2014-01-02 07:14:48 AM  

ChubbyTiger: adm_crunch: Just because the state isn't prosecuting anymore doesn't mean it's legal.

The Feds will probably wait until these companies have made a few million each, then swoop in and seize them.

Alas, this.


The Justice Department already said it's going to respect the state laws where it has been legalized.
 
2014-01-02 07:16:28 AM  
20% tax is the whole point of legalization.  Legalize it, then tax the shiat out of it.  As long as you don't create an underground market, it will be a great thing for government coffers.
 
2014-01-02 07:17:07 AM  
Hero ? Really?
 
2014-01-02 07:19:22 AM  
24 hours late but hey, why not.

Yesterday was fun.
 
2014-01-02 07:20:30 AM  
Funny how they did not pick somebody more representative of your average stoner.

i.huffpost.com
 
2014-01-02 07:21:15 AM  

stoli n coke: madcan34: $540 an oz!?

I truly am in the wrong business


Don't worry. The second it goes national, Marlboro Greens will start rolling off the line, driving the price way down. At that point, some tokers will complain that weed has become too mainstream and the people who brought you Fark Beer Snobs will proudly present Fark Weed Snobs.


There already are Fark Weed snobs. Have you ever seen them in a weed related thread? They will claim that everything everybody else is smoking is Mexican Ditch Weed except for the stuff they smoke because they get it from their guy who grows it himself, and they know this for a fact.
 
2014-01-02 07:27:08 AM  

ongbok: There already are Fark Weed snobs. Have you ever seen them in a weed related thread? They will claim that everything everybody else is smoking is Mexican Ditch Weed except for the stuff they smoke because they get it from their guy who grows it himself, and they know this for a fact.


Like a guy I used to buy from about 20 years ago used to say, "It'll get you high"
 
2014-01-02 07:27:44 AM  

4seasons85!: I hope this helps him. I really do.


So do I.
 
2014-01-02 07:42:36 AM  
It's still against Federal law, which will not be changed.
 
2014-01-02 07:45:38 AM  

madcan34: $540 an oz!?

I truly am in the wrong business


I'm unclear on how you're getting that number... From the receipt, I see $40 for the 3.5 grams (approximately 1/8 of an ounce), so that would be $320 per ounce, without tax, or about $387 after tax... Even if you incorrectly counted the entire $60 he handed over as the cost of the eighth, that would still only work out to $480 per ounce, so I'm baffled as to how you came up with $540...
 
2014-01-02 07:45:50 AM  

haolegirl: Just saw this on the news...1/8 for $60. I wonder if the ppl in Kansas realize god will send them a tornado at some point to show his displeasure over this?


That's what I was paying in college 15 years ago, so seems okay to me.
 
2014-01-02 07:48:43 AM  
The next step will be some normalization of the business practices.  Running entirely cash-only, as the dispensaries are currently having to do, is a royal pain-in-da-butt.  I mean, there are other businesses with tens of thousands of dollars of cash to handle, but apparently even the normal armored car companies are scared that they might be hauled into federal court for racketeering/abetting (and they could, in say Jan. 2017 under a new president and AG, for actions they took in 2014 which were federally illegal).
 
2014-01-02 07:50:55 AM  

RobSeace: so that would be $320 per ounce


They really probably could have gotten away with $420/ounce.
 
2014-01-02 07:59:26 AM  
If smoking pot is heroic to you, good luck in life. You need it.
 
2014-01-02 08:03:24 AM  

Rueened: It's still against Federal law, which will not be changed.


I'm curious what the military policy is on this. I'm thinking strictly forbidden to use it, even if the solider can 'legally' get it?
 
2014-01-02 08:05:03 AM  
I don't get why people are hyping that he's a veteran. They are just ordinary people like anyone else at the end of the day. I once sat next to a guy in the mid 80's that toked up on a plane while we were coming back from a patrol out of Holy Loch (the stewardess noticed and she was all like "Hey, nice stuff" which got a chuckle out of both of us). He was stone cold sober at sea but once we were in off crew he was a party animal. I worried a lot more about the guys who were making bilge wine out at sea than him. Especially that one guy who got so drunk that he blew a shiatter on himself while he was the guy in charge of blowing the tank in the first place. His division kept it on the down low but they never made bilge wine again that I was aware of.

Personally I was, and still am, of the opinion that as long as you are off the clock and there's no chance of you being high or whatever and affecting me or anyone else because of it then have at it. I'll look the other way because I know that different people need to blow off steam in different ways. I did ask that guy toking up to not do it again around me though, I didn't need the guilt by association that would've come from it. He got it and it never happened again.
 
2014-01-02 08:06:02 AM  

RobSeace: I'm unclear on how you're getting that number... From the receipt, I see $40 for the 3.5 grams (approximately 1/8 of an ounce), so that would be $320 per ounce, without tax, or about $387 after tax... Even if you incorrectly counted the entire $60 he handed over as the cost of the eighth, that would still only work out to $480 per ounce, so I'm baffled as to how you came up with $540...


Pot man... pot. Never do math while doing pot.
 
2014-01-02 08:08:23 AM  

hasty ambush: Funny how they did not pick somebody more representative of your average stoner.

[i.huffpost.com image 375x500]


Your average stoner looks like any of us. You'd be surprised how many people smoke...

jaytkay: If smoking pot is heroic to you, good luck in life. You need it.


I wouldn't get your panties in a knot over it; the guy's an Iraq combat vet - I'm assuming that's what the tag was meant for
 
2014-01-02 08:09:29 AM  

johnnyrocket: Rueened: It's still against Federal law, which will not be changed.

I'm curious what the military policy is on this. I'm thinking strictly forbidden to use it, even if the solider can 'legally' get it?



My understanding was that Veteran means he served in the past tense.
 
2014-01-02 08:13:05 AM  

johnnyrocket: Rueened: It's still against Federal law, which will not be changed.

I'm curious what the military policy is on this. I'm thinking strictly forbidden to use it, even if the solider can 'legally' get it?


Zero tolerance. Plain and simple. Codeine at a low level is legal in most of Europe for over the counter medicines. Take the wrong over the counter pain killer or cough syrup and it'll get you a ticket home with at best a general (less than honorable) discharge if they catch it in your system or even on your person. I see no reason why that wouldn't apply to weed as well.
 
2014-01-02 08:17:06 AM  
I can get a quarter pound on the street for 350.00.

May not be as potent as what he bought, but close to it.
 
2014-01-02 08:17:21 AM  

johnnyrocket: Rueened: It's still against Federal law, which will not be changed.

I'm curious what the military policy is on this. I'm thinking strictly forbidden to use it, even if the solider can 'legally' get it?


I would not be surprised at all if that were the case. A quick Google found this. [PFD]
 
2014-01-02 08:17:45 AM  

jaytkay: If smoking pot is heroic to you, good luck in life. You need it.


my guess here isn't that "smoking pot is heroic". it's that 1. the extreme criminalization of mj over the decades has been vast overkill so this guy, with the help of 10s of 1000s of others, fought to get laws changed, and 2. this guy is an iraq war vet, and to some folks every war vet is a hero
 
2014-01-02 08:19:39 AM  

JustFarkingGreat: hasty ambush: Funny how they did not pick somebody more representative of your average stoner.

[i.huffpost.com image 375x500]

Your average stoner looks like any of us. You'd be surprised how many people smoke


this
 
2014-01-02 08:19:54 AM  
I love all the people complaining about how it's going to have an effect on productivity and cause criminal acts to increase...

We went through this at work the other day. As of April 1 2014 it will be legal for GPs in my province to write prescriptions for medicinal pot.  This is worrying as we find that often workers can find a Doctor to write just about any note that they want to the point of absurdity like pointing out specific job titles like, "Samuel cannot work on the 23B palletizer due to back strain."  So we know that we will have a surge in the number of people who want to be able to smoke pot at work.

The thing is we don't need to change any policies. We already have a drug policy that states that if you are on medication then impairs you then you have a duty to report that you are or may be impaired.  All of the existing rules, regulations, and laws that are in place now are written with with much stronger drugs and alcohol in mind so they more than cover what's needed.  If your state or business doesn't have these sorts of rules in place now then they already have a massive problem.  MJ being legal is tame compared to alcohol being legal and if you/your business survived that for many years you should be just fine.
 
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