Two federal lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in Colorado on Thursday morning against the state’s politicians, public servants and businesses aim to “end the sale of recreational marijuana in this state,” according to attorney David H. Thompson, who represents the plaintiffs in both cases.
One proposed marijuana cultivation facility got Oak Creek Town Board approval to begin construction, while a long-standing proposal for Dank Frank's retail marijuana shop inched a bit closer to its own approval at Thursday's board meeting.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today team is looking back on the past 365-plus days of legalized pot, and we’re publishing a five-part series of articles breaking down the first year and what it means for Steamboat Springs and Routt County.
The dollar amounts from the industry are big, but not nearly big enough to raise the eyebrows of anyone working in the city's finance department.
Steamboat Springs visitors Erica Fischer and John Ihrig sat on the deck of their vacation rental condo taking turns slowly inhaling marijuana vapor from a plastic bag. Loaded in their vaporizer is a strain of weed called StarDawg. “You’re going to be so stoned,” Fischer said to Ihrig. Ihrig exhaled. “That’s why it’s there,” he said.
Q: What do you think the impact has been on Steamboat Ski Area? A: Despite significant news and conversation leading up to legalization in Colorado, along with a number of other states implementing similar laws, overall, the resort has experienced minimal effects from the new law.
The Oak Creek Town Board will run through a very marijuana-heavy agenda at Thursday's regular meeting.
Stagestop 1 LLC, the owner of the building at 100 W. Main St. in downtown Oak Creek, got Town Board approval Thursday night to lease out its small storefront as a recreational marijuana retail shop. It will be Oak Creek's first retail marijuana store.
Natural Choice started selling marijuana products for medicinal purposes in 2010, but on Thursday, the business opened shop for retail sales.
Stagestop 1 LLC, a proposed retail marijuana business in Oak Creek, swiftly passed through the Planning Commission at Wednesday night's meeting and is one Town Board approval away from being the first of its kind in town.
Magill told his fellow council members that a prospective operator of such a business approached him and said he or she would look to possibly start the company in Oak Creek if the rules here weren't changed.
Ant's Organic, a proposed marijuana cultivation facility in Oak Creek, got board approval Thursday night to move toward the construction phase of its business.
Local entrepreneur Drew Koehler is hoping to tap into the state's lucrative recreational marijuana industry with his new vaporizer rental business. Koehler's sales pitch is that vaporizers are healthier to use than smoking marijuana. They also are more discreet.
South Routt School District receives $60,360 grant from marijuana tax revenue to hire health care professional
Eleven school districts across the state, including South Routt School District, received nearly $1 million in grant funding Wednesday set aside by the legislature from marijuana tax revenue to be dedicated to addressing health care professional needs in Colorado schools.
The Oak Creek Town Board is holding a public hearing Thursday night regarding the Planning Commission's recommendation to approve a land use change for Ant's Organic, a marijuana cultivation facility proposed to be built on Arthur Avenue.
Recreational marijuana rules and information
- • Colorado residents 21 and older can buy up to an ounce of marijuana at a licensed retail store.
- • Out-of-state residents can buy up to a quarter ounce.
- • Those older than 21 can share up to an ounce of marijuana with a friend as long as they're not getting paid.
- • Marijuana can't be smoked in public or anywhere governed by the Clean Indoor Air Act.
- • Ski resorts largely operate on federal land, where marijuana still is illegal.
- • Colorado residents can grow up to six plant in their home, but the plants must be locked up.
- • Drivers with more than 5 nanograms of THC in their blood can be cited for driving under the influence.
- • Employers still can set their own drug policies and fire those who violate them.
- • Marijuana is not allowed at Denver International Airport, and every jurisdiction in Colorado is allowed to set its own rules governing marijuana use.
- • Recreational marijuana will have a 15% excise tax on the wholesale price and a 10% sales tax on the retail price.
- • Medical marijuana will retain its lower tax rate, and the annual registration fee recently was reduced to $15.