Finally, some common sense on display from government. CNN:
Retail marijuana licenses issued by Colorado -- the first in the nation -- should arrive in the mail by the end of this week, according to the state Department of Revenue's Marijuana Enforcement Division.
The state sent out 348 retail marijuana licenses to prospective retail marijuana establishments on Monday, including 136 marijuana stores, 178 marijuana cultivation facilities, 31 products manufacturing facilities and three marijuana testing facilities.
The state's retail marijuana licensing process includes fingerprint-based background checks and financial checks. The businesses must also receive approval from the local authorities before they may operate.
Thomas Behler, assistant manager at Ganja Gourmet, a medical marijuana dispensary in Denver, said he is happy about the licenses.
"Business should increase exponentially; every 21-year-old on the planet is going to come here," he said. "We already have a successful business, but we are not in it for the money. We are helping people and providing them with a service."
The War on Drugs has been horrible waste of resources, and whatever benefit it provides is completely outweighted by it's negative consequences: the empowerment of gangs, drug violence here and in Mexico, the incarceration of otherwise law-abiding citizens, the errosion of citizen rights and privacy. I hope more states follow Colorado's lead.