Legal Weed in Colorado - Ricardo Baca

  • Aired:  12/05/13
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Ricardo Baca discusses his responsibilities as the Denver Post's marijuana editor and describes how pot will be taxed and regulated in Colorado. (5:19)

>> WE HAVE SOT PHISH FANS HERETONIGHT.

AND THE DARK, SHADY I HAVE OFLEGAL POT IS BECOMING SO

MAINSTREAM THE DENVER POST JUSTANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL HIRE A

POT EDITOR.

IT WILL BE EASY TO IDENTIFY THECOLUMN BECAUSE IT WILL JUST BE A

HANDWRITTEN NOTE ASKING FOR ANEXTENSION.

FOLKS, COME ON, IF WE ARE ALLADULTS.

>> ALL OF US KNOW WHERE THISLEADS.

THE POT EDITOR IS JUST A GATEWAYJOB TO A METH EDITOR.

WHOSE COLUMNS ARE 2-CENT METERSWIDE, 30 FEET LONG AND WRITTEN

WITH A BROKEN CHICKEN BONE.

YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE HIGH TOTHINK THIS IS A GOOD IDEA.

HERE NOW TO TELL ME IF IT IS AGOOD IDEA IS THE NEW POT EDITOR

OF THE DENVER POST, RICHARDBACA, MR. BACA, THANKS SO MUCH

FOR JOINING US.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>> Stephen: MR. BACA, FIRST

QUESTION, ARE YOU A COP? BECAUSE IF YOU ARE A COP AND YOU

DON'T TELL ME THIS ISENTRAPMENT.

>> I HAVE NEVER BEEN A COP, NO.

I AM A.

>> I HAVE BEEN -- 20 YEARS.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

AND HOW DO YOU GET THIS JOB AS AJOURNALIST?

>> WE WERE ALL SITTING AROUNDONE NIGHT AND WENT, YOU KNOW

WHAT WOULD BE GREAT? TO GETPAID TO DO THIS! WELL, YOU

KNOW, WE HAVE BEEN COVERING THEBEAT PRETTY INTENTLY.

>> Stephen: OH, I BET YOUHAVE.

I BET YOU HAVE.

ARE YOU HIGH RIGHT NOW? ARE YOUHIGH RIGHT NOW?

>> I AM DEFINITELY NOT HIGHRIGHT NOW.

>> ARE YOU SURE? MY FACE ISN'TA GIANT BEAK? AM I FREAKING YOU

OUT RIGHT NOW? HUH? WE AREGOING DOWN THE HALLWAY AND

TAKING TURNS.

YOU ARE NOT HIGH NOW, BUT DO YOUSMOKE POT AT ALL?

>> I DON'T SMOKE POT.

I DO EAT IT, THOUGH.

>> Stephen: OH, OKAY.

>> OH.

OH.

OKAY.

HOW IS THIS GOING TO BEREGULATED, SIR?

>> WELL, PRETTY INTENSELY BY THESTATE, YOU KNOW, THE STATE HAS A

HISTORY WITH REGULATING MEDICALMARIJUANA, SO THEY ARE KIND OF

TAKING WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNEDTHERE AND APPLYING IT TO

RETAIL/RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA,WHICH BECOMES LEGAL ON JANUARY

1ST.

>> Stephen: IS IT GOING TO BETAXED?

>> HEAVILY, YES.

SO IF YOU BUY MEDICAL MARIJUANA,IT IS ABOUT A FIVE PERCENT TAX

AND NEW RETAIL MARIJUANA WILL BEA 25 PERCENT TAX, WHICH INCLUDES

-->> Stephen: 25? A 25 PERCENT

TAX ON A DOOBAJ?

>> THAT'S ABOUT RIGHT, IS IT NOTWORTH IT, STEPHEN?

>> Stephen: IT IS MORE TAXTHAN TOKE LIBERALISM IN MY

OPINION, WHY DON'T YOU JUST MAKEIT 85 PERCENT AND GIVE ME YOUR

CAR WHEN YOU ARE HIGH.

THEY WILL NEVER KNOW THEDIFFERENCE.

TAKE IT!

>> A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE ISDEFINITELY GOING TOWARD THE

BUILDING OF SCHOOLS, I BELIEVEIT IS THE FIRST 40 MILLION

RAISED FROM RECREATIONAL SALES.

>> Stephen: WHAT WERE YOURRESPONSIBILITIES AS THE POT

EDITOR FOR THE DENVER POST BE?

>> I AM HIRING A POT CRITIC FROMCOLORADO, IF YOU KNOW ANYBODY.

>> Stephen: YEAH, YEAH, I KNOWA FEW PEOPLE BUT I NEED THEM IN

MY EDITING ROOM.

>> YOU CERTAINLY WANT AREVIEWER, YOU WANT A CRITIC OF

POT.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: ANYBODY YOU LIKE?

>> I GOT ONE VIA TWITTER.

>> Stephen:.

>> Stephen: DUDE, I AM BAKEDOUT OF MY SKULL.

>> YOU WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED.

>> Stephen: IT GIVES KIDS ANEXCUSE ALL OVER THE NATION WHO

GET CAUGHT SMOKING POT THEY CANJUST TELL THEIR PARENTS, MOM, I

AM PREPARING FOR A CAREER INJOURNALISM.

>> WE ARE NOT ENCOURAGING THAT,ABSOLUTELY NOT.

>> Stephen: WHAT IF THEY HAVEA FRIEND THAT GOES TO VACATION

TO COLORADO AND HOW MUCH CAN YOUBUY.

>> IF YOU ARE A RESIDENT YOU CANBUY AN OUNCE A DAY AND IF YOU

DON'T, YOU CAN BUY UP TO AQUARTER OUNCE PER DAY.

>> Stephen: THAT'S A LOT OFPOT! A QUARTER OUNCE A DAY?

>> IT IS A LOT OF POT.

>> Stephen: WHAT CONFUSES MEMOST IS IF EVERYBODY IN THE

STATE CAN HAVE A QUARTER OUNCEOF POT IN THEIR POCKET HOW WILL

YOU INDISCRIMINATELY ARRESTYOUNG BLACK MEN? ON WHAT

GROUNDS WILL YOU IMPRISON THEM?

>> IF YOU ARE A CITIZEN OFCOLORADO YOU CAN HAVE A QUARTER

OUNCE, BUT UP TO TWO OUNCES FORMEDICAL.

>> Stephen: WE WILL TALK ABOUTTHE ARRESTS.

IF SOMEONE DID GET ARRESTED ANDIS IN JAIL NOW FOR POT

POSSESSION IN COLORADO, ONJANUARY 1ST WHEN IT BECOMES

LEGAL DO THEY GET TO GET OUT OFJAIL?

>> I DON'T BELIEVE SO.

I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THATQUESTION.

>> Stephen: CAN WE AT LEASTBRING THEM POT IN JAIL TO MAKE

IT A BETTER EXPERIENCE?

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>> YOU MIGHT BE ON TO SOMETHING.

MAYBE THE STATE IS PLANNING ONDOING THAT. I AM NOT SURE.

I DOUBT IT THOUGH.

>> Stephen: A POLITICIANS WHOCAMPAIGN IN COLORADO WILL HAVE

TO STOP BY THE STATE FAIR ANDJUDGE THE TASTIEST BUD.

>> THEY WILL HAVE LIKE A -->> VOTE FOR ME! THANK YOU SO

MUCH FOR JOINING US, RICARDOBACA, THE DENVER POST MARIJUANA

EDITOR.

WE WILL

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