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    Who Is Launching A Cannabis Affiliate Program?
    Marijuana: Colorado Stores Make $1m In A Day I see that Colorado did $1 million on the first day of sales in stores. Perfect time to buy online and collect in store. So who has approached the stores to offer an affiliate program? Colorado is a bit far for me to go and ask them but I'd be happy to handle the affiliate program on a rev share.
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    Even if there's an issue with the banks or accepting payment, the items can be reserved online and collected and paid for in store. All the customer needs is an order number. I cannot see any problem legally advertising that service online to Colorado residents. In fact the more I look at this, the more it makes commercial sense.

    Contact the stores, set up a site and take orders, to be redeemed in store, then set up an affiliate program for the site.
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    Here's the Colorado Marijuana Retail Code

    http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite...&ssbinary=true
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    Please note that page 111 of the rules state:

    R 1107 –Advertising: Internet
    A Retail Marijuana Establishment shall not engage in Advertising via the internet unless the Retail Marijuana
    Establishment has reliable evidence that no more than 30 percent of the audience for the internet web site is
    reasonably expected to be under the age of 21.
    See also
    Rule R 1114 – Pop-Up Advertising.
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    So providing all users register on a site using current ID, then you have satisfied R1107 and can advertise Marijuana online to Colorado residents.
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    If anyone is interested in tapping up the stores, building a registered users site to order online but collect and pay in store and launching then please tap me up. Plenty of scope for white labels and advisory advertising within the rules. Definitely something launching a program for. Lots of scope and potential I reckon.
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    Marijuana sales and smoking are still against federal laws, how do you get around that?

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    Not against State Laws and the rules clearly allow advertising to Colorado citizens aged 21+. The products are not available outside the State, cannot cross State lines, can be advertised to State citizens and does not have to be advertised to the entire US as it's very easy to run segmentation marketing for example.

    Colorado is using State's Rights on this by making Marijuana legal and the Federal Government cannot act against anyone within Colorado State lines if the rules that the Colorado Legislature produced are followed to the letter.
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    Another example Chuck is online gambling. This was heavily hit by the Federal Government and online gambling according to them is still illegal, even though they are looking at easing restrictions. This has not prevented individual States from allowing online gambling in certain States to licensed operators.
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    It would appear that Investors are not shy of weed. Pot stocks light up - Jan. 7, 2014

    The business of legal marijuana is booming in Colorado -- and investors are catching a contact high.

    Yes, there are pot stocks. Nearly all of them are thinly traded penny stocks available only on over-the-counter exchanges, but shares of companies that service the growing cannabis market have been blazing in recent weeks.

    Of course, investing in small companies that are not listed on a major exchange can be risky. There are still many regulatory questions surrounding recreational marijuana use, which is still technically a violation of federal law.

    But many investors are clearly high (sorry!) on the potential for marijuana as an investment. High Times magazine recently launched a private-equity fund that is reportedly seeking to raise $100 million. The HT Growth Fund plans to build a portfolio of investments in marijuana-related businesses over the next two years with an average investment of $2 million each, according to its website
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    This was on the news yesterday:
    Colorado's retailers may be allowed to sell marijuana but under federal law, the state's banks cannot knowingly do business with them. This has forced marijuana merchants in the state to operate almost solely in cash.
    That includes:
    But even then, Colorado marijuana shop owners would still have a plastic problem. Official Visa, MasterCard and American Express rules prohibit the use of their debit and credit cards to purchase pot.
    So looks like the online component is out for now.

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    Use bitcoin...

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    25% of the pot purchased in Colorado is with plastic - they simply treat the transaction the same way as an ATM withdrawal and charge the shopper an extra $2-3 processing fee. Little more difficult to do online, but not impossible...

    BTW, it's been estimated that the State will collect about $290K in tax revenue from the first day alone - and that was with only 24 shops being open.

    15% Excise Tax at the "Wholesale" level goes to schools and 10% Sales Tax goes to the state coffers to "regulate" said sales...
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    And due to that I expect several states to follow suit, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii. There was a promo for a news report I heard on the car radio but had to leave before it aired. It said that airlines are advertising pot trips, didn't hear who was doing it.

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    It's far more effective at increasing state revenue than nexus laws, that's for sure.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Hamrick View Post
    There was a promo for a news report I heard on the car radio but had to leave before it aired. It said that airlines are advertising pot trips, didn't hear who was doing it.
    Spirit Airlines - "The non-smoking light is off - in Colorado"...
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    Are they allowing it on the flight?

    It's far more effective at increasing state revenue than nexus laws, that's for sure.
    We need a PR campaign with that as the motto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Hamrick View Post
    Are they allowing it on the flight?
    No. Smoking, anything that requires a flame, on domestic flights has been prohibited by the FAA since the late 1990's...
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    Also heard it reiterated that smoking of pot is prohibited at DIA as its federally controlled. Didn't catch a whiff while there last month although it doesn't stop anyone on the ski lifts even though most are on BLM land.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prosperent View Post
    It's far more effective at increasing state revenue than nexus laws, that's for sure.
    Unfortunately, the Liberal Colorado Government wants that, too - can never have enough "tax and spend".

    Funny, Colorado had a surplus in their coffers of around $1B before the floods hit last year - yet they want MORE...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Hamrick View Post
    This was on the news yesterday:

    That includes:

    So looks like the online component is out for now.
    Far from it Chuck.

    Order online using verifiable ID to register to view the products in the first place and place an order online whereby you are given a unique order number. Then trot along to the store closest to you that is participating on the site, give your order id which the clerk will input and pay in cash at the store. The sale transacts (set to pending whilst customer on way to collect) and verified as a transaction when he/she pays at the participating store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Hamrick View Post
    Also heard it reiterated that smoking of pot is prohibited at DIA as its federally controlled. Didn't catch a whiff while there last month although it doesn't stop anyone on the ski lifts even though most are on BLM land.
    Colorado Springs airport allows you to posses the legal limits. However, you can't smoke it in the airport and unless you're flying to another city in Colorado it's not suggested you take it on the plane.

    DIA, as of this morning's news, is still trying to figure out what their "possession" rules are - still can't smoke it. DIA is owned and operated by the City and County of Denver - It's not Federal.

    The ski resorts are being strict about pot smoking, as you said, most are on Federal land. However, that doesn't appear to have stopped anyone before...
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Jupp View Post
    Far from it Chuck.

    Order online using verifiable ID to register to view the products in the first place and place an order online whereby you are given a unique order number. Then trot along to the store closest to you that is participating on the site, give your order id which the clerk will input and pay in cash at the store. The sale transacts (set to pending whilst customer on way to collect) and verified as a transaction when he/she pays at the participating store.
    I'd just like to add that the concept of reserving online (thereby crediting a pending transaction) and paying for and collecting from in store is not a new concept. Most major High Street stores offer this as a payment option. You do not need to pay online at all if you don't want to but you can place your order online and pay/collect in store. Given that payment by card is an issue, then this is an obvious solution and affiliates (and merchants) could make a syndicated effort to commercialize online advertising and sale of pot in Colorado and as was mentioned, possibly in other States soon too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Jupp View Post
    Here's the Colorado Marijuana Retail Code

    http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite...&ssbinary=true
    Sales over the Internet. A Licensee is prohibited from selling Retail Marijuana or Retail Marijuana Product over the internet. All sales and transfers of possession of Retail Marijuana and Retail Marijuana Productmust occur within the Retail Marijuana Store’s Licensed Premises.
    Pretty much ends the online sales conversation...
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