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‘Pot Rush’ taxing supply

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A Greener Side emloyee measures marijauna for a patient. The store said there is no shortage of smokeable pot.
CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/FILE A Greener Side emloyee measures marijauna for a patient. The store said there is no shortage of smokeable pot.

Call it the “Pot Rush” of 2014.

People who have lined up to buy legal marijuana at two Pueblo County stores and elsewhere in Colorado this month are taking a toll on the supply of the green stuff.

Mike Stetler, of Marisol Therapeutics, said his Pueblo West store still has an adequate supply of “edibles” — meaning marijuana brownies, butter and other food items.

But when it comes to “smokable” pot, Stetler has seen his back inventory, well, go up in smoke.

“We’re not rationing or anything, but we’re selling what we can harvest each day,” Stetler explained Wednesday. “But that’s a good thing, right? When you have to work to keep up with demand.”

Pueblo County’s other recreational pot store — The Greener Side — didn’t report any inventory problems Wednesday.

“No, we’re doing fine in keeping product on the shelves,” a clerk said Wednesday.

Stetler said several Denver-area marijuana stores are having inventory problems and Colorado law doesn’t allow stores to buy wholesale marijuana from other growers.

He is growing more marijuana but it takes 120 days for a plant to be productive.

Stetler, who obtained the first medical marijuana license in the state, said current state regulations aren’t allowing for a very smooth transition into recreational sales.

He has plants dedicated to medical marijuana users while he expands his recreational business.

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