The recreational marijuana industry has already changed during the first year of sales, and the evolution is destined to continue.
During the first year of legalized pot sales in Steamboat Springs, police issued more tickets to people who were younger than 21 and suspected of possessing marijuana.
Yampa Valley Medical Center sees surge in patients with marijuana intoxication
The liberalization of marijuana laws and the opening of medical and recreational shops in Routt County have led to a significant increase in hospital patients experiencing side effects from the drug.
Court documents filed Wednesday shed some new light on a possible motive for the slaying of Routt County resident Edward Zimmerman.
Members of the Steamboat Springs Teen Council are unanimous in their opinion that legalizing recreational marijuana has upped the chances that local teens will give the drug a try.
Grand Futures Prevention Coalition will see a leadership change this spring, when current Routt County Program Director Kate Elkins steps down and Grand County program director Megan McCord takes her place.
It's been a long road for Dank Frank's in Oak Creek. Although multiple marijuana businesses have been approved in the last few months, its application to open for business remains on the table.
After the use and sale of recreational marijuana was legalized Jan. 1, 2014, Oak Creek quickly became Routt County's most sought-after place to set up a pot business.
At Steamboat Treasures & Tees, tourists are currently buying a lot more shot glasses adorned with marijuana leaves than ones adorned with this city's most iconic barn.
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.
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.