As the busy winter tourism season approaches, Steamboat Springs police want to make sure those visitors seeking a Rocky Mountain high are following the rules.
Those in favor of Proposition AA in Routt County reached 74 percent. Statewide, the tax was passed with nearly 65 percent of voters in favor with 71 percent of the vote counted.
Still an officer down, the town of Hayden plans to enlist the help of the Routt County Sheriff's Office. The Hayden Town Council is expected to formalize an agreement with the Sheriff's Office during a meeting Thursday.
It still is too early for Kevin Fisher to give any high-fives, but the Steamboat Springs marijuana advocate was encouraged Thursday by a U.S. Department of Justice memo stating that the feds would not clamp down on recreational marijuana use in states where it has been legalized.
The ordinance would ban the retail sale, cultivation facilities and marijuana product manufacturing facilities.
The Oak Creek Town Board at its Thursday meeting will introduce and discuss ordinances dealing with retail sales of marijuana.
The council voted to table the ballot language until its Aug. 20 meeting so that it could consult with the city's grant coordinator and learn more about a potential grant opportunity.
After hearing opinions from 19 members of the public, most of the Hayden Town Council members said they supported waiting to see how recreational marijuana sales roll out in other Colorado communities throughout the next few years.
The Steamboat Springs City Council would be smart to regulate marijuana retail businesses the same way liquor stores are regulated.
Police think the June 13 explosion occurred while Zachary Slater and a juvenile were making a concentrated form of marijuana called earwax.
An ordinance to prohibit stores that grow, sell or test marijuana from setting up shop within Craig city limits was introduced Tuesday night to the Craig City Council.
As city crafts new pot rules, Steamboat Springs officials say they don't want to be like Glenwood Springs
When they were deciding Tuesday night where recreational pot shops should be allowed to open up in Steamboat Springs, some city officials and council members here pointed to Glenwood Springs as the one place they don't want to become.
After a failed vote Thursday night to draft a law to ban future pot shops in Hayden, town officials said they want to hear more input from residents before making any decisions.
The first recreational pot shops that open up here should not be allowed in the business districts downtown or at the base of the ski area, the Steamboat Springs City Council decided Tuesday night.
Whether to allow the sale of marijuana for recreational use will be debated by Hayden officials Thursday night.
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.
Recreational marijuana storesAs of Jan. 8, 2014
- Rocky Mountain Remedies, 2750 Downhill Plaza #205, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 (970) 871-2768