In Colorado, people are doing exactly what the world expected them to do since becoming the first state in America to legalize recreational marijuana: smoking lots of weed.
However, those bong-hittin’ bastards are apparently approaching their civil duty as the American stoner class with such rabid enthusiasm that many retail pot shops fear there is not enough weed in the entire state to keep up with the local cannabis cult’s demand for the doobie.
“We are going to run out,” said Toni Fox, owner of the 3D Cannabis Center, in a recent article in the Colorado Springs Gazette. “It’s insane. This weekend will be just as crazy. If there is a mad rush, we’ll be out by Monday.”
Officials speculated for more than a month prior to the first day of legalization that the retail marijuana trade would find it challenging, if not impossible, to keep up with the savage demands of those consumers eager to take advantage of the first official overthrow of marijuana prohibition in the United States.
And while Colorado predicted that a ravenous combination of local residents and curious tourists would have little trouble of quickly smoking the entire state out of its initial weed surplus, many are shocked by the magnitude by which outsiders have infiltrated the land and left it barren and buried in smoke. Since January 1, tourists have accounted for more than half of the state’s retail pot sales.
This, of course, has some people concerned that high demand and depleting supplies will create a stoner screwball effect, causing vicious price hikes for the marijuana enthusiast. In fact, some stores are reportedly already charging in upwards of $500 per ounce.
Others fear that diminishing supplies could mean a return to the black market for those smokers that vowed to go legitimate just under a week ago. Some street dealers say that even with a substantial surplus of legal marijuana, consumers are destined to return to black market once the novelty finally wears off. “People will get real tired of paying the taxes real fast,” said a Pueblo street dealer named Tracy in a recent article in the Chieftain. “When you can buy an ounce from me for $225 to $300, the state adds as much as $90 just for the tax.”
Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in High Times, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.