In 1989, Joanne Palmer left a publishing career in Manhattan and has missed her paycheck ever since. She is a mom, weekly columnist for the Steamboat Pilot & Today, and the owner of a property management company, The House Nanny. Her new book "Life in the 'Boat: How I fell on Warren Miller's skis, cheated on my hairdresser and fought off the Fat Fairy" is now available in local bookstores and online at booklocker.com or amazon.com.

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In 1989, Joanne Palmer left a publishing career in Manhattan and has missed her paycheck ever since. She is a mom, weekly columnist for the Steamboat Pilot & Today, and the owner of a property management company, The House Nanny. Her new book "Life in the 'Boat: How I fell on Warren Miller's skis, cheated on my hairdresser and fought off the Fat Fairy" is now available in local bookstores and online at booklocker.com or amazon.com.

Joanne Palmer: A growing opportunity

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Joanne Palmer

Joanne Palmer's Life in the 'Boat column appears Wednesdays in the Steamboat Today. Email her at jpalmer@springsips.com

Find more columns by Palmer here.

— Dear Mom and Dad,

I am so excited. I had to write and tell you about my new job in Steamboat Springs. I know you will be happy for me : once you get used to the idea.

This job is a perfect fit for me. I'll be using my business degree, and I get to live somewhere I love - Steamboat Springs.

Before I tell you what it is, let me fill you in on the job scene here. It's gone from bad to worse. Due to the economy, there just aren't a lot of jobs right now. I've been looking for full-time, year-round work for months, and the best I could come up with is mowing lawns for one of the landscape companies. That gave me a great tan and really toned my arms, but summers are short here and my job will end soon.

Besides, I've always wanted my own business. Remember when I had those lemonade stands as a kid? I loved that. Then in college, I worked every summer at a fast food sandwich place where we had to weigh cold cuts. Believe it or not, that experience is really going to come in handy in this new venture.

Anyway, a friend and I have opened the first local medical marijuana dispensary! Isn't that great? Mom, since you're a nurse, I know you'll appreciate my desire to help other people. And Dad, remember how you encouraged me - well, forced me - to take an accounting class? I can use that knowledge to keep track of my business expenses on QuickBooks.

We've learned a lot of math and science, too. Apparently, this product was once sold by the "nickel bag," but now it's all done in pharmaceutical measure, and whereas some of our focus groups keep babbling about "hits" and "tokes," we only know about doses.

Gosh, it's so fun to be an entrepreneur. I love it. But there's more to it than I thought. Right now there are only 34 registered medical marijuana patients in Routt County, but I am confident that number will grow. And Dad, I can only see my market share increasing because as the boomers get older their medical needs may dovetail nicely with our business, and it'll help return them to the happy days of their youth. Right now, we're trying to decide between four names, and I wanted to get your input. Here they are:

The Hemp Hut, The Bong Barn, Mountain Mojo, and Reefer Rx and M&M's 2

Our business consultant hasn't approved any of our business names yet, and he keeps making us rewrite our business plan, but frankly we're starting to suspect he's only thinking about his own billable hours. In case you don't understand the reference to M&Ms, that's what we hear people crave after they smoke marijuana. Well, brownies and ice cream, too, but we couldn't fit all of that onto one sign.

Oh, one thing I forgot to mention. One of the advantages of this business is the startup costs are so minimal. It's really cool because we can grow our own inventory.

Think about it. If I started a T-shirt shop, I'd have to go on buying trips - airfares are expensive right now - and buy thousands of dollars worth of shirts. For this, all I have to do is buy a few heat lamps, dirt and flower pots.

Lastly, wouldn't this be great? To increase our presence in the business community, we've been talking to the local Chamber about doing a business mixer with us : as a joint venture.

Comments

freerider 4 years, 7 months ago

Hey JoAnne , maybe you should turn your sarcasm towards Big Pharma , phamaceudicals killed over 150 thousand people last year . Marijuana = 0 ....that would be 0 ever in the history of the world , Again that would be ZERO . Did you not hear me ZERO ????? I have a friend that's dying of cancer , maybe you would like to turn your cheaky , flippant comments towards him , would you like his phone number so he can give you his point of view on this subject ?? If your concerned about a medical marijuana dispensary in Steamboat then you should attempt to join the the ranks of people that live in this century instead of the Dark Ages , that would be when people were denied health care , tortured , and generally abused as human beings , the current system of a drug war farce only supports terrorists and criminals . It's a health issue , Holland has half the drug abuse of the USA .

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TWill 4 years, 7 months ago

Since when has Joanne Palmer's column ever been of any other social significance than goofy tales of an un-athletic soccer mom?

Why choose this subject to make a splash in the "real-issue" arena?

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bandmama 4 years, 7 months ago

Joanne, thanks again for letting us laugh!!! You rock! In response to the first two comments....... shoot, forget it. I thought that MJ had some benefits for depression. I guess it isn't working for them.

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bcpow 4 years, 7 months ago

Clearly some people need to relax outside and smoke one.

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Tracy Barnett 4 years, 7 months ago

WOW! Are we overly sensitive or what??!!!! Perhaps a "chill pill" would be in order for freerider and LTFO. Do they sell that at the MJ dispensary? I believe it was Shakespeare that wrote "Thou do protest too much".

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housepoor 4 years, 7 months ago

i'm with you mimgram, they need to lighten up i like hemp hut

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trump_suit 4 years, 7 months ago

Anyone who does not think this is funny need an attitude adjustment...... Doesn't matter what you think about the topic, this is just funny. Well done Joanne :)

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Doug Matthews 4 years, 7 months ago

YOW! I think Freerider has been takin' a few too many free rides.... Speaking of living proof that too much marihuana use leads to drain bamage! This is HUMOR column nutjob- if we can't laugh at the issues in our community, then we are in a sad state of mind. And yes, we all know that casual marihuana use only contributes to lung cancer, increased obesity and decreased competence in the workplace.... but a few years ago I personaly watched as a man on a backhoe, who was working while stoned, crushed and killed a coworker. Afraid you can't claim zero fatalities here bubba.

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NchronicPain 4 years, 7 months ago

Shame on you, Joanne. This is a disgusting waste of words.

And Zorro, wake up, BUBBA..... Marijuana does NOT cause lung cancer, it's actually been proven recently to fight lung cancer. And most people vaporize now anyways, which is totally harmless. And increase obesity???....wrong again, it speeds up your metabolism.....read into it. Now, I never recommend anyone medicating and operating a backhoe. It was not the marijuana to blame there, Bubba..... it was the dumb@#$ on the backhoe.

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mmjPatient22 4 years, 7 months ago

PREACH ON Nchronic!!! This "author" apparently chose poorly when she came to the fork in the road between publishing and ANYTHING ELSE.

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