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Valley's first recreational pot shop opens in Carbondale

Valley's first recreational pot shop opens in Carbondale January 15, 2014
The first recreational marijuana shop west of Breckenridge is now open for business in Carbondale. KDNK's Ed Williams reports long lines and high taxes are not detering a steady stream of customers at the Doctor's Garden on Main Street.
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Silt officials apprehensive about town's new pot-friendly image

Silt officials apprehensive about town's new pot-friendly image December 30, 2013
Recreational pot shops are scheduled to go live on January 1. But most businesses are falling behind in opening by that time—and for small towns like Silt, recreational pot is an even more distant reality. KDNK's Ed Williams reports.
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Carbondale voters to weigh in on retail marijuana taxes

August 28, 2013
Carbondale voters will see a new tax question on the ballot later this year. Carbondale trustees finalized a ballot question last night for a 5 percent sales tax on recreational marijuana and a 5 percent excise tax on wholesale marijuana. Trustees also said that if approved, they may end up lowering the tax if they feel it's not necessary.

In the audience was James Leonard, co-owner of the Doctor's Garden dispensary on Main Street. KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Leonard after the meeting to find out how these taxes and other recent marijuana policy decisions could impact his business.
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GarCo pot ban could put pressure on towns like Carbondale

August 20, 2013
Earlier this week, Garfield County commissioners approved an ordinance [banning the operation of recreational marijuana facilities in unincorporated parts of Garfield County. ] That means it's up to municipalities like Rifle, Glenwood Springs and Carbondale to be the potential homes for marijuana growing operations, product manufacturing, testing and retail sales.

Carbondale, like the rest of the municipalities in Garfield COunty, is still crafting their recreational marijuana regulations. And last night, Carbondale's board of trustees continued that discussion, touching on topics like sales and excise taxes on marijuana, permissible locations for facilities and more.

After Tuesday night's meeting, KDNK's Eric Skalac caught up with Mayor Stacey Bernot to find out how she thinks the county's new ordinance could impact Carbondale.
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Legal pot, legal limits and the impact of Amendment 64 on drug treatment

April 23, 2013
A State Senate committee voted 4 – 1 on Monday to reject the Marijuana DUI Bill that would have set the legal limit of driving under the influence of pot at 5 nanograms of THC-9 per milliliter of blood. Critics argue that the limit is too low and that a person's weight and tolerance to THC, the active component in marijuana, can play a role in the effects of the drug.

But, some law enforcement officers and substance abuse treatment providers think the limit is too high. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report about legal pot, legal limits, and the impacts on drug treatment.
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The environmental impact of marijuana

March 19, 2013
As Colorado's legal marijuana industry grows in the coming years, one issue likely to get increased attention is the environmental impact of growing pot. And if the drug's price falls as the market expands, growers may be scrambling to reduce both their environmental footprint and their hefty energy bills.

In the latest installment of KDNK's "Communities in Transition" series, Nelson Harvey looked into the environmental cost of marijuana cultivation, and what might be done to make the process of growing the green stuff just a little bit greener.

(Click through to hear parts one and two)

Legalized marijuana tough to implement on local level

Legalized marijuana tough to implement on local level March 11, 2013
Colorado's passage of Amendment 64 was a groundbreaking event, and few stakeholders know that better than the municipalities at the line where new marijuana policy meets the colorado residents who voted for or against it last year.

As part of our ongoing series looking at the human impacts of Amendment 64, KDNK's Eric Skalac examined one municipality trying to navigate the uncertainty of legalized weed.
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Medical marijuana dispensary owners have a lot to gain and a lot to lose

Medical marijuana dispensary owners have a lot to gain and a lot to lose February 25, 2013
It's been three months since voters passed Amendment 64, legalizing marijuana in Colorado. The deadline is approaching for state legislators to define exactly how pot will be sold to consumers. As KDNK's Ed Williams reports, the upcoming legalized sale of marijuana has medical dispensary owners both hopeful and concerned.
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Weekly News Brief: Amendment 64--Communities in Transition

February 22, 2013
Amendment 64 passed months ago, but the state is just now releasing it's first batch of regulation proposals. Dispensary owners, law enforcement, marijuana users a large percentage of the state is holding their breath, waiting to see how legalized marijuana is going to work.

The KDNK news team has been preparing stories to look at the changes heading for Colorado, and the first story debuts on Monday. For this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac and Ed Williams give a preview of the new KDNK News series "Amendment 64: Communities in Transition."
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