Tag Archives: Colorado

Miracles of Nature

It doesn’t stand out very well, but this Ice Cycle is about 14″ tall and frozen in a standing position by it’s tip to the driveway. It detached from my vehicle’s front wheel well in this upright position when I went to pick my son up at 2:30 and now as I look out at 5:15 it is still standing there. It looks very cool.

Standing Ice Cycle 3.2.2015

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Gardening Toils

Well, my annual futile attempt at having flower beds began today. I planted more bulbs and some wild flower seeds after digging as many of the indigenous, overpowering weeds from my flower bed as I could. I have the worst soil on the planet, and invasive weeds and indigenous grass from hell, but I am determined to have flowers to enjoy in my yard eventually. After 5 years of this dance, I at least have a handful of tulips and 6 Peonies that come up every year. Of course the Peonies only get about 9 inches high when they are supposed to get 3 feet tall and they have never bloomed, but hey! It’s a start. Oh! I do have a handful of wild flowers that I planted 8 years ago, that come up every year and they are getting thicker each year. LOL…. My grandfather would be embarrassed by my outcome, but proud of my persistence.

Growing up spending weekends with my grandparents, watching my grandfather grow anything he planted in his half acre backyard garden, he made it look so easy. Not that it didn’t look like hard work watching him stand out there digging and planting, roto-tilling, picking and pruning, but from the side lines it looked like all you had to do was plant what you wanted to eat, water it daily and wait until it was large enough to harvest. It wasn’t until I was grown and trying to grow tomatoes in Colorado clay and sand that I realized how much of an art form gardening is. My grandfather understood this. He was a farmer from Arkansas who had been raised tilling the soil and harvesting the rewards of his efforts from a very young age. I only wish I had picked up a few more of his tricks so that I could carry on his marvelous green thumb. I miss you Pappah.

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Marijuana is Legal, Or Is It?

The voters may have passed the bill to make marijuana legal in Colorado, but there is still a long way to go before marijuana is legalized. The win this election was just the first step in the process. If anything the new law brought an abundance of new questions to light as to how to implement the law and just how this state law will be received by the feds.

The process of regulating marijuana the same as alcohol may seem simple, but it really is not; for one, how does the current law in regards to Medical Marijuana affect the new law? Under the MMJ law, only dispensaries or Registered Care Givers are allowed to sell marijuana to patients with a MMJ prescription. The new law would make it legal for anyone over age 21 to purchase marijuana from any licensed retailer, such as a liquor store.  How will it be determined what classifies a specific marijuana type as medicinal and only attainable through dispensaries or Registered Care Givers, versus recreational and available through licensed retailers? Additionally, the MMJ law states the card carrier is allowed 2 ounces per day, where the new law says recreational users are permitted 1 ounce per day. Logically it would make sense to treat this question the same as the 3.2 laws on alcohol. Realistically this is a problem as marijuana is not so easily measured. The alcohol content of alcoholic food and beverage items is easily measure before it is sold. Since some plants can be more potent than others no matter what strain they are, this measuring process is not as easy.

Another issue is that marijuana use of any kind is still illegal according to Federal Law. Since Federal Law trumps State Law, this new bill passing is a direct slap in the face to the Federal Legislative process and may cause back lash and an influx of federal intervention in order to avoid other states jumping on board and following in Colorado’s footsteps. Even the MMJ law has been under scrutiny due to this State versus Federal legal standoff. The new law may well be just enough to push the Feds over the edge.

So for those eager and excited to be able to openly go to the corner store and purchase their first bud of legal marijuana, don’t expect to find it in your neighborhood liquor store any time soon. These are simply the tip of the ice berg easy questions. There are a lot more that still need to be answered before marijuana is readily available to the public.