Colorado Marijuana News

Medical marijuana ban fails in town of Red Cliff

April 2, 2014 — 

RED CLIFF — Voters here Tuesday retained two town council members and rejected a proposed ban on medical marijuana operations.

Anuschka Bales and Tom Henderson, both current board members, were both elected to four-year terms. But the election still leaves the seven-member board short two people. Town clerk Barb Smith said the town will post the vacancies, with a 30-day period for interested people to apply for the board positions.

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County receives marijuana license applications

March 25, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — At the Sweet Leaf Pioneer medical marijuana dispensary in Eagle, Dieneka Manzanares gets calls and visitors just about every day. Many are tourists, looking to buy legal marijuana while on vacation to the Vail Valley. Right now, she has to turn them all away.

Those calls and visits are familiar to Murphy Murray, the co-owner and general manager of the Tree Line dispensary in Eagle-Vail.

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Granby medical workers unknowingly ingest THC in holiday treats

March 24, 2014 — 

GRANBY — A batch of drug-laced Chex-Mix delivered to Middle Park Medical Center staff around Christmastime has tested positive for Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical compound found in marijuana, according to Granby Police Chief Bill Housley.

Though the department knows who delivered the treats and has transferred the case to the District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution, Housley said the District Attorney’s Office is inclined not to prosecute the case due to a lack of intent to deliver the THC-laced treats to the hospital staff.

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Summit County sheriff's marijuana FAQ hits the street

March 24, 2014 — 

Last week, the Summit County Commission and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office released information to help residents and visitors better understand requirements related to the use, purchase and possession of marijuana in unincorporated Summit County since the passage of Amendment 64.

Summit County Sheriff John Minor attended the commission’s most recent workshop on Tuesday, March 18, where he presented a draft document containing frequently asked questions about marijuana. Minor asked the commissioners to sign off on the draft, saying the FAQs would serve as the office’s cornerstone document regarding public use of marijuana.

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FBI balks at marijuana background checks in Washington, but not Colorado

March 14, 2014 — 

SEATTLE — The FBI is refusing to run nationwide background checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in Colorado — a discrepancy that illustrates the quandary the Justice Department faces as it allows the states to experiment with regulating a drug that’s long been illegal under federal law.

Washington state has been asking for nearly a year if the FBI would conduct background checks on its applicants, to no avail. The bureau’s refusal raises the possibility that people with troublesome criminal histories could wind up with pot licenses in the state — undermining the department’s own priorities in ensuring that states keep a tight rein on the nascent industry.

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Western Slope police officers watch weed industry evolve

March 14, 2014 — 

This is the final part in a two-part series focusing on marijuana law enforcement and education.

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Recreational pot is here — now what?

March 13, 2014 — 

Editor’s note: This is the first part in a two-part series about the effects of legalized marijuana on children and law enforcement agencies.

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Vail Resorts issues statement on mountain ‘smoke shacks’

March 12, 2014 — 

VAIL — When a structure on the ski hill comes down, for many it’s a sad moment.

Whether it’s Two Elk, destroyed illegally in 1998, or Jaz’s Cabin, destroyed in the name of the law in 2012, it’s been said it’s like losing a close friend or family member. Breckenridge skiers felt that sadness this week with the destruction of their beloved “Leo’s” cabin, but the dynamite used to destroy it was only the beginning of the explosion, as social media sites blew up with activity in response and Vail Resorts issued a press release on the matter.

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Is legal marijuana harming Colorado business?

March 12, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Led Gardner is worried.

Gardner, a broker with Slifer Smith & Frampton, is concerned that legal marijuana in Colorado may prompt some people ­— specifically some of the valley’s high-end clients — to take their business elsewhere.

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Retail reefer sales brisk in market’s first month

March 12, 2014 — 

DENVER – In their first month of legality, Colorado’s reefer retailers sold $45 million in legal reefer, and generated $3.5 million in tax and fee revenue for the state.

According to the Colorado Department of Revenue, January saw $14 million in legal reefer sales to adults, and another $31 million in medical marijuana sales.

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State launches campaign to discourage pot-impaired driving

March 8, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Colorado made history when we became the first state to legalize marijuana, but the Colorado Department of Transportation wants you to understand that driving under the influence of anything except good karma is a monumentally bad idea.

That includes the newly legalized marijuana, said Amy Ford, CDOT’s communications director.

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Commissioners seek clarity on marijuana science

February 27, 2014 — 

Hot Sulphur Springs — County officials are working to clear the haze of marijuana confusion before they tamp down their marijuana employee policy.

During their regular public meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25, the board of county commissioners had Sarah Urfer of ChemaTox Laboratory, Inc. provide some clarification to the murkiness of marijuana use. She provided insight on best testing practices, how to determine impairment and how to develop policy.

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First Colo. county reports its marijuana taxes

February 25, 2014 — 

DENVER — A southern Colorado county with two recreational marijuana stores has become the first in the state to announce tax totals from the new industry.

Pueblo County finance authorities announced Monday that its two shops had about $1 million in total sales in January, producing about $56,000 in local sales taxes.

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Marijuana legalization plan stalls in New Mexico

February 7, 2014 — 

SANTA FE, N.M. — A proposal to allow New Mexico voters to decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana stalled Friday, putting the measure in doubt — for now.

At a disjointed meeting, the Senate Rules Committee failed to debate the proposed constitutional amendment that would allow for the possession and personal use of marijuana for those 21 years of age and older.

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Grand County considers zero tolerance pot policy for employees

February 5, 2014 — 

HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS — County commissioners may have agreed to allow recreational marijuana businesses, but they may prohibit their own employees from partaking.

Current regulations for county employees prohibit working while under the influence of any substance that could cause harm to themselves or others. County commissioners and staff agree this policy should continue, but things become murkier with marijuana’s legalization in the state of Colorado.

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Marijuana superstore proposed for Eagle

January 24, 2014 — 

EAGLE — A Denver-based group has proposed a $5 million marijuana superstore for Eagle.

Rocky Mountain Pure Retail Marijuana would include a 6,000-square-foot retail operation and a 22,500-square-foot indoor cultivation center to support the store. The proposal was submitted in late December and was reviewed by the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission this week. In a split vote, commission members recommended approval of the proposed operation with a number of conditions. The Eagle Town Board will have the final say regarding the proposal, and the public hearing is planned for Feb. 11.

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Colorado governor praises marijuana banking announcement

January 24, 2014 — 

Gov. praises pot banking announcement

DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is responding with relief to word from federal officials that marijuana businesses will be allowed to access banking services.

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Fraser, Colorado approves recreational marijuana stores

January 24, 2014 — 

FRASER — Grand County residents could soon see the first recreational pot store open its doors in Fraser.

Fraser town trustees passed an emergency ordinance allowing for existing medical marijuana businesses to submit an application to open recreational marijuana stores.

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Marijuana superstore proposed in Eagle, Colorado

January 24, 2014 — 

EAGLE — A Denver-based group has proposed a $5 million marijuana superstore for Eagle.

Rocky Mountain Pure Retail Marijuana would include a 6,000-square-foot retail operation and a 22,500-square-foot indoor cultivation center to support the store. The proposal was submitted in late December and was reviewed by the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission this week. In a split vote, commission members recommended approval of the proposed operation with a number of conditions. The Eagle Town Board will have the final say regarding the proposal and the public hearing is planned Feb. 11.

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Fewer 2013 marijuana arrests in Vail, Eagle County since Amendment 64

January 24, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Local law enforcement wasn’t sure what to expect after Colorado voters legalized pot, but most agencies have been pleasantly surprised a year later.

In November 2012, the passage of Amendment 64 made it legal for people older than 21 to possess up to one ounce of marijuana for personal use. Starting Jan. 1 of this year, the sale of retail marijuana also became legal, with the closest retail shop in Breckenridge.

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What you need to know about buying recreational marijuana in Colorado

December 31, 2013 — 

Here’s a rundown of the doobies and don’ts for retail pot purchases.

Who can purchase recreational marijuana?

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Dillon considers recreational marijuana tax for April 1 ballot

January 9, 2014 — 

The Dillon Town Council is considering plans to present one or two tax initiatives to voters on the April 1 municipal election ballot.

The first initiative, which town officials definitely plan to propose to voters, is a 5 percent excise tax on recreational marijuana sales. Draft language of the ballot question closely follows similar initiatives passed during the November general election by municipalities in Summit County and throughout the state, said town manager Joe Wray on Tuesday during a town council work session.

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Retail marijuana questions remain for Summit County officials looking to regulate pot tourism

January 7, 2014 — 

The Summit Board of County Commissioners has asked staff to work with the sheriff’s office, the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and towns in drafting an ordinance on marijuana issues not specifically addressed by Amendment 64.

The directive was issued following a Tuesday-morning work session with Summit County Sheriff John Minor, 5th Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown and local law enforcement officers at the Old County Courthouse in Breckenridge.

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Summit County officials to discuss pot policy during Tuesday work session

January 6, 2014 — 

County officials and law enforcement officers will discuss marijuana policy Tuesday during a Summit Board of County Commissioners workshop at the Old County Courthouse building in Breckenridge.

Summit County Sheriff John Minor alluded to the upcoming meeting last week following “Green Wednesday,” the first day of legal marijuana sales in the state.

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Colorado marijuana, Day 2: Summit County pot shops see steady business

January 2, 2014 — 

Before the retail marijuana movement, Nick Brown, owner of High Country Healing in Silverthorne, said on his busiest days anywhere between 85 and 90 people would visit his medical marijuana dispensary.

Yesterday, the first day for recreational marijuana sales in Colorado, more than 500 people purchased a total of four pounds of marijuana from High Country Healing.

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Legal weed sales bring long lines to Colorado

January 22, 2014 — 

DENVER — Long lines and blustery winter weather greeted Colorado marijuana shoppers testing the nation’s first legal recreational pot shops Wednesday.

It was hard to tell from talking to the shoppers, however, that they had waited hours in snow and frigid wind.

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Breckenridge retail marijuana shops seeing green as sales soar on first day

January 1, 2014 — 

The lines rivaled any Black Friday, but this was no day after Thanksgiving discount deal. Rather, “Green Wednesday,” the first day of recreational marijuana sales in Colorado, brought out visitors and residents alike to legally purchase pot.

Breckenridge Cannabis Club (BCC), located downtown on Main Street, opened at 8 a.m. to an exuberant line. Customers high-fived each other as purchases were made, and those still waiting for their turn cheered as others made their way back down the stairs, brown paper bags in hand.

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Legal marijuana: Summit County pot shops overrun with buyers on day one

January 1, 2014 — 

On Wednesday, recreational marijuana establishments opened all across Colorado, offering for the first time legal weed to residents and visitors. Shortly after the start of “Green Wednesday” reports began to surface of long lines of people waiting to get their first taste of legal marijuana. It was no different in Summit County.

Nick Brown, owner of High Country Healing in Silverthorne, opened his doors at 10 a.m. By 3:30 p.m. he estimated more than 300 people had been through his shop.

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Iraq war vet among first buyers as recreational pot industry opens in Colorado

January 1, 2014 — 

DENVER — The nation’s first recreational pot industry opened in Colorado on Wednesday, kicking off an experiment that will be followed closely around the world and one that activists hope will prove that legalization is a better alternative than the costly American-led drug war.

Business owners who threw their doors open for shoppers at 8 a.m. are looking for the fledgling industry to generate as much revenue as state officials hope it will. At least 24 pot shops in eight towns opened, after increasing staff and inventory and hiring security.

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Summit County cops report no public marijuana consumption issues on ‘Green Wednesday’

January 1, 2014 — 

A quiet New Years Eve for Summit County law enforcement officers was followed by an even less eventful New Year’s Day, despite it being “Green Wednesday,” or the first day of legal retail marijuana sales in Colorado.

For law enforcement officers throughout the county the theme was the same — there were no retail marijuana-related incidents reported and by press time not one officer in Summit County had even issued a ticket for public consumption.

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