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RussellAP

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08-27-2013 01:47 PM

With Marijuana laws easing nationwide, perhaps we aught to think about cashing in.

I know and respect the views of the LJ community about this substance, however I am satisfied in my own mind that there is absolutely nothing at all wrong with it and therefore I have no problem supplying what I can if I can make some money from it. I am in business after all.

I’ve decided to market some pipes. I have a good design and a steady supply of material and I can make about a dozen of them a day, sans finish.

For those of you out there who are looking to make some money with your woodworking, consider this emerging market.

I have a local hardwood store with rosewood in a crate, all cut and planed and only 3.25$. I can get about 4-5 pipes out of one piece. Can’t beat the profit margin there.

Thoughts?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 08-27-2013 02:06 PM

It may well be an emerging market, but I would suggest that folks proceed with caution. Where I live, there are still laws on the books against selling “drug paraphernalia”. Of course one could argue that the pipes they are selling are intended for use with legal tobacco, but that doesn’t prevent law enforcement from arresting you and creating all srts of trouble for you, even if the charges would ultimately not stick.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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chrisstef

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#2 posted 08-27-2013 02:09 PM

As far as I know as long as there is no residue within the pipe its a legal entity but like anything else its subject to those who enforce the law. Just ask Tommy Chong, im pretty sure the law really threw the book at him over selling water pipes.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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RussellAP

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#3 posted 08-27-2013 02:09 PM

CharlieM1958, I think as long as you don’t market them as having anything to do with marijuana, you’re okay. How people use them is their business.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#4 posted 08-27-2013 02:19 PM

Be cautious…Central Lockup is a tough place…even for a Lumberjock

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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Loco

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#5 posted 08-27-2013 02:36 PM

Another “Land of the Free” dilemma.
Thanks for reminding me to pick up some urea.

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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rhett

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#6 posted 08-27-2013 03:01 PM

”CharlieM1958, I think as long as you don’t market them as having anything to do with marijuana, you’re okay.”

Except you started a forum topic on the internet, with the premise of cashing in via pot smokers….

I think it is a good idea, though one might be advised to check on the toxicity of certain woods when heated to combustion.

-- It's only wood.

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Makarov

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#7 posted 08-27-2013 03:16 PM

Living in the stoned state of WA, where the voters took away the state laws covering pot and the streets of Seattle smell like it. I have to remind you it is still a federal offense and the feds will make an example of you if they can. If they bust the pot distributor and find an invoice from you for a dozen pipes your at the least going to get audited by the IRS. Not worth it to me

-- "Complexity is easy; Simplicity is difficult." Georgy Shragin Designer of ppsh41 sub machine gun

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Bluepine38

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#8 posted 08-27-2013 03:22 PM

The problem with making money off marijuana is to make big money you have to advertise. Here in Missoula,
Mt. we had people that advertised, made big money and the feds, thanks to all the publicity they generated,
took them down and they lost all that big money. Some small quiet operations that were just trying to help
people were ignored, they did not make big money, but they are still going. Might be a moral someplace in
there. Since I have a light case of asthma and cannot even inhale with cigarettes, I do not worry about it.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Blackie_

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#9 posted 08-27-2013 04:40 PM

I have a first hand experience with Left handed cigarettes as I smoked during my younger years a very…. long time ago, they are still a mind altering drug as is drinking so being a motorcyclist, I have to consider the fact that I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near someone smoking a joint while behind the wheel so it’s a negative for me and wouldn’t put myself anywhere close in the social path of pot smokers.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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jmartel

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#10 posted 08-27-2013 04:54 PM

”Living in the stoned state of WA, where the voters took away the state laws covering pot and the streets of Seattle smell like it. ”

Sorry, but the streets here don’t smell like pot at all. Maybe in some areas, but as soon as you walk half a block away, it’s gone. The U-district is probably the worst place with the smell, and even still it isn’t really all that bad.

And WA is far from being a stoned state. The vast majority of people are not high at all. Most workers still get drug tested and still are not allowed to use pot.

Yes, it’s legal here (can’t buy/sell it till December, however), but it’s not anywhere close to being a problem that most people make it out to be.

-- End grain is like a belly button. Yes, I know you have one. No, I don't want to see it.

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Puzzleman

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#11 posted 08-27-2013 05:30 PM

Whether you do smoke or not is not the focus of this discussion. It is about noticing trends and taking advantage of them. I thoroughly believe that if you can create something that will fit into a emerging market, you have a great chance to ride the money wave for a while.

I have noticed that the wedding business has been picking in states that marry gay people. I have increased my marketing of my wedding gift products to store that are along the borders of the state. This has resulted in increased sales for me. Has also resulted in leads in other states. Seems that the businesses that cater to gay weddings talk to each other. More accounts have been picked up as a result. This is not about my sexual orientation. It is about seeing a trend and capitalizing upon it.

russellAP, if you can find a market for your pipes, GO FOR IT. As long as you do not offer illegal goods, you are good. Get in on the ground floor and make some money. If you don’t do it, someone else will.

-- Jim Beachler, Chief Puzzler, http://www.hollowwoodworks.com

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grizzlymunchin

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#12 posted 08-27-2013 05:34 PM

Russell if you wanna make pipes and sell them it’s fine with me I don’t smoke or drink Im sure there are more drinkers than there are smokers and myself I would rather be around a stoner than a drunk,> STONER SEE THE LIGHT<> DRUNK SEE 3 LIGHTS< ching ching chong chong ching chang

-- woodshop by the cornfeild

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Jorge G.

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#13 posted 08-27-2013 05:42 PM

From a neuro psychology point of view (my wife is one) there is a measurable decline in thought processes with those who are heave pot users. Having said that, it also applies to alcohol so whatever is your drug of choice it will do harm when abused.

The irony of it is that pot smokers finally get to legally smoke pot, but now you cannot smoke anywhere but your home….lol.

Well I am rambling, I think the pipe idea is good.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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Randy_ATX

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#14 posted 08-27-2013 05:54 PM

I don’t have a problem with what you propose – it’s not going to make anyone smoke who isn’t already set on smoking. I am curious about your statement that you plan on marketing them – can you elaborate on your marketing strategy?

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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moke

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#15 posted 08-27-2013 05:56 PM

For all you that were smokers in your “younger days” things have changed radically. The THC level of pot today is about triple what it was ten to 15 years ago. ( better weed through hybred plant research) So there are considerably more issues now than there were back then. But the real issue is the synthetic marijuana. There are hundreds of strains, some with HUGE power and the “geeks” ( their term not mine ) that are chemical engineers dropouts, are developing more at an alarming rate. I attended a class 6 months ago and they said there were about 800 strains, but within a year there will be 2000.

There was a youngman that smoked some in our area and was “over the top high” for a week, he was hospitalized about 3 days into it for two broken hands and a broken wrist from punching things. Many of these strains make you “bulletproof”. This is not an uncommon story in these circles.

Most strains are smoked through a pipe, so I am not sure I would want it on my conscious that I made the pipe that a kid used to ruin or seriously negatively impact his life for the sake of a few dollars in my pocket….

Russell, I have read and respected your abilities, but you and I really differ here,
Just my humble opinion…
Mike

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