Colorado Marijuana News
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
Here’s a rundown of the doobies and don’ts for retail pot purchases.
Who can purchase recreational marijuana?Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, new marijuana regulations take effect and the Breckenridge Police Department announced this week it would have zero tolerance for any marijuana-related violations.
Anyone 21 years old or older is allowed to purchase, possess, transport, display and consume recreational marijuana within the boundaries listed below, according to a Breckenridge Police Department news release.Learn more »
DENVER — The first batch of Denver businesses approved to sell recreational marijuana got their licenses Friday, the owners mugging for pictures and saying they never thought they’d see the day when they’d get a permit to sell pot.
Applause broke out and cameras whirred when the first license was issued from the city’s Department of Excise and Licenses. The city awarded eight licenses for retail shops, 30 licenses for pot growers and four licenses for makers of cannabis-infused products such as pot brownies.Learn more »
Next week, Colorado will usher in a new era when retail marijuana establishments are able to open for business on Jan. 1.
Amendment 64 already allows residents 21 years of age and older to legally carry up to 1 ounce of marijuana on their person — or up to one-quarter of an ounce for non-residents — but Summit County law enforcement officers are preparing for a spike in pot-related arrests in the coming year when the once-illegal drug becomes easier to purchase. They fear people might misunderstand Colorado’s new marijuana laws and smoke pot publicly, which is still illegal.Learn more »
Four of five current medical marijuana dispensaries in Breckenridge have submitted paperwork to either the town or the state to start the process of opening retail operations, Breckenridge Chief of Police Shannon Haynes said.
The Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) began accepting retail applications Oct. 1, 2013. Approved stores can begin selling to adults over 21 on Jan. 1, 2014.Learn more »
DENVER — Legal marijuana sales in Colorado are set to start on Jan. 1, or so the law says. Knowing when the recreational pot shops will actually open, however, is anyone’s guess.
The state’s 160 hopeful pot shops are so mired in red tape and confusion that no one knows yet when or if they’ll be allowed to open. Not a single shop will clear state and local licensing requirements until about Dec. 27.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — Ganjapreneurs have high hopes for marijuana tourism, and it’s headed for the High Country.
The Marijuana Business Daily claims that once Colorado visitors can buy recreational reefer from retailers, “marijuana tourism could rival Colorado’s multibillion-dollar ski industry.”Learn more »
The Dillon Town Council this week reignited the debate about whether to allow retail marijuana establishments in town.
In September, the council unanimously extended its moratorium against retail marijuana establishments until Oct. 1, 2014. By taking that action, town officials secured their power as the local licensing authority for future marijuana enterprises, despite missing the state’s Oct. 1, 2013, regulatory deadline.Learn more »
DENVER — There are hundreds of strains of marijuana — each containing hundreds of different chemicals — but only one molecule makes much difference, scientists say.
It’s all about the THC.Learn more »
DENVER — Colorado’s ski resorts are taking the offensive in ensuring the multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry isn’t hurt by recreational marijuana stores that are set to open at about the same time many families begin planning their winter vacations.
For some skiers and snowboarders, hitting the slopes with a joint or pipe tucked into a winter coat has long been commonplace. But with the stores set to open Jan. 1 near resorts across the state — and a handful of companies offering cannabis-themed ski trips — the future is a bit hazy. Will a pot tourism industry flourish or will families decide to go to resorts in states where marijuana is outlawed?Learn more »
DENVER — Federal agents raided an unknown number of marijuana dispensaries and growing sites in Colorado Thursday, confiscating piles of marijuana plants and cartons of cannabis-infused drinks just weeks before the state allows recreational marijuana retailers to open their doors.
The raids, conducted on a snowy morning, were the first in Colorado since the U.S. Department of Justice said in August that it wouldn’t interfere with state marijuana laws as long as the states keep the drug away from children, the black market and federal property.Learn more »