Nov 7, 2012 9:33 PM by Siera Santos,

Marijuana dispensaries overwhelmed with "recreational" inquiries

As soon as medical marijuana centers opened on Wednesday, the phones started ringing.

"It' been pretty intense," said Bridgette Boyd, the manager at Amendment 20.

"Today has been hectic with the phone calls, the constant asking if they can come in and purchase without a red card."

As it turns out, there's a lot of misunderstanding about Amendment 64. Many people are under the assumption that because the amendment passed, it's a free-for-all. But providers are quick to tell them, that's simply not the case.

"People think they can just come up to their local dispensary now and purchase," Boyd explained, "But they don't realize it's a medical marijuana center. You can't just come in and shop."

To deter anyone trying to cash in on Tuesday's "yes" vote, she taped a sign to the front door of the dispensary. It clearly states that no one will be allowed to purchase product without a red card and proper identification.

The president of the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council, Tanya Garduno, explained the confusion is widespread. However, no centers are "allowed to sell recreationally at all right now."

One might think the entire medical marijuana community would rejoice in Tuesday's Amendment 64 victory, but there are opposing views moving forward.

"There are a lot of folks who want to be completely patient-oriented and a lot of folks, who are saying, ‘Hey, let's go recreational,'" Garduno said.

"The industry itself is split 50-50."

Pot will supposedly be regulated like alcohol, but dispensaries are still unclear on what exactly will happen in the months ahead. Regulated legalization is slated to begin Jan. 1, 2013.



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