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Steamboat City Council to consider retail marijuana stores as licensing authority

Michael Schrantz

— On Jan. 7, the Steamboat Springs City Council will call roll, then immediately adjourn and reconvene as the Steamboat Springs Marijuana Licensing Authority.

It will be the first time the authority has convened to consider retail marijuana license applications, and Rocky Mountain Remedies and Golden Leaf each are slated to be heard.

Both currently operate medical marijuana dispensaries in Steamboat Springs, and Colorado law limits the ability to open retail stores to medical operators.

Rocky Mountain Remedies also has obtained the necessary license from the state and is scheduled to have its premises in Downhill Drive Plaza inspected by the city Tuesday morning.

Retail marijuana stores must be licensed by the state Marijuana Enforcement Division and the local licensing authority. The state division has granted nine licenses to retail-related marijuana businesses in Steamboat Springs: two for retail stores, five for retail cultivation and two for manufacturing infused products.

In addition to Rocky Mountain Remedies, the state division issued a license for a retail store to Natural Choice Co-op.

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Also during its meeting Jan. 7, the City Council will conduct interviews for the steering committee to be tasked with overseeing the accommodations tax dollars designated for trails projects.

Tom Kern, CEO of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, will give a presentation about the pilot project seeking to attract larger groups to Steamboat.

Kern previously has said that Steamboat is behind other Western Slope communities in luring events or groups with 100-plus participants.

The city is being asked for $50,000 to help attract large groups, and the Chamber and Lodging Association have proposed to invest $7,500 each.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206, email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @MLSchrantz

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