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Marijuana: The Oregonian Positively Promotes Pot

Thank you Oregonian for free advertising.

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(PORTLAND, OR) - I thought I was hallucinating when I read the latest Oregonian story March 17, 2013, boldly advertising marijuana as medicine under the risqué title: 'Rocky Mountain High'. Of course they were writing about marijuana in Colorado, but as the saying goes, "Say anything but spell the name right."

Oregonian writer Noelle Crombie, shows that she has a sense of humor, however obtuse. She had another article simultaneously about "Pot Confections" which are selling in the millions of dollars. Colorado tax collections were $5.4 million, last year. She had hundreds of comments on her article, mostly uncomplimentary.

We in the marijuana advocacy group applaud The Oregonian's free advertising which contrary to their belief, will actually educate possible marijuana patients that if it is in the Oregonian, it must be "somewhat" OK.

Colorado, like most states, foolishly allowed the marijuana business get totally out of hand and now they might be taxing the use of marijuana into the "mile high" atmosphere of Denver. If they tax it too much, the dispensaries, controlled by the state, will not be able to pay the hired help and make profits instead of ongoing losses. Those who can will shift back to the "Mexican black market" which can control the price at any level despite what Colorado may do.

One Colorado marijuana official already says that the agency is "underfunded and overwhelmed". Colorado's medical program has plans for 40 officers. The cost of these could force the taxes on marijuana to be higher than the "rocky mountain high" of the title.

Colorado is planning for 300 licensed dispensaries. I think this is too many for even Colorado and many of these will require "back door sales" to survive financially. In effect, the "marijuana officers" will spend so much time monitoring the legal grows, that they will have no time or effort for the illegal businesses.

Thank You Oregonian for the Positive, Helpful Advertising!

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