Vail Valley Rep. Polis applauds regulation of marijuana, pushes for federal legalization
Recreational marijuana is now legal in Colorado, and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., now wants to see pot regulated like alcohol nationwide.
“Today Colorado becomes the first state to implement comprehensive marijuana regulation,” said Polis, whose district includes Vail and part of surrounding Eagle County. “By regulating marijuana like alcohol, Colorado voters hope to reduce crime and keep marijuana away from kids.
“I applaud Colorado’s efforts to implement the will of the voters and will continue my work to pass H.R. 499 to regulate marijuana like alcohol federally.”
The sale of marijuana for recreational use by consumers over the age of 21 was made legal by the statewide passage of Amendment 64 in November of 2012. Colorado and the state of Washington became the first two electorates in the world to legalize recreational marijuana.
Hundreds of retail outlets applied for permits to sell pot in Colorado starting today, but only a handful completed the lengthy process in time to actually open their doors today.
One of those stores, the Breckenridge Cannabis Club, is located in the nearby ski town of Breckenridge in neighboring Summit County.
Town of Vail officials are still considering how to proceed on the issue of recreational marijuana, voting recently to continue a ban on allowing retail recreational pot sales.
Vail Resorts posted a blog in mid-December reminding snow riders that the ski company’s facilities are located on leased United States Forest Service land and that marijuana is still illegal under federal law.
“It is not legal to use marijuana publicly, on lifts or on USFS property; therefore, it is not legal on Vail Mountain,” Vail Resorts officials blogged. “We also do not permit the consumption of marijuana in any of our facilities or premises under our control and we will enforce this vigorously.”
Some ski-town tourists have expressed dismay over Colorado’s new marijuana laws. However, businesses are lining up to cash in on what’s expected to be lucrative new pot tourism industry. How it lines up with the state’s existing outdoor recreation industry remains to be seen.
Other mountain outlets for pot sales include stores in Idaho Springs and Central City, both located between Vail and Denver.
The Huffington Post today released a list of recreational pot shops open for business both in Denver and across the state. Here are the shops listed outside of the Denver city limits:
Breckenridge Cannabis Club, 226 S. Main St., Breckenridge (Map)
BotanaCare, 11450 Cherokee St., Northglenn (Map)
Marisol Therapeutics, 922 Kimble Dr., Pueblo West (Map)
Northern Lights Natural Rx, 2045 Sheridan Blvd Suite B, Edgewater (Map)
Patients Choice/Bud Med Health Centers, 2517 Sheridan Blvd., Edgewater (Map)
The Annie’s, 135 Nevada St., Central City (Map)
The Greener Side, 3321 S. Interstate 25, Pueblo (Map)
The Kine Mine, 2820 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs (Map)
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David O. Williams is an award-winning freelance reporter based in the Vail Valley of Colorado, writing on health care, immigration, politics, the environment, energy, public lands, outdoor recreation and sports. His work has appeared in 5280 Magazine, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), the Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), Aspen Daily News, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Colorado Independent, Colorado Politics (formerly the Colorado Statesman), Colorado Public News, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Independent (formerly Colorado Confidential), the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Statesman (now Colorado Politics), the Daily Trail (Vail), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Post, the Durango Herald, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Eastside Journal (Bellevue, Washington), ESPN.com, the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the Greeley Tribune, the Huffington Post, the King County Journal (Seattle, Washington), KUNC.org (northern Colorado), LA Weekly, the London Daily Mirror, the Montgomery Journal (Maryland), The New York Times, the Parent’s Handbook, Peaks Magazine (now Epic Life), People Magazine, Powder Magazine, the Pueblo Chieftain, PT Magazine, Rocky Mountain Golf Magazine, the Rocky Mountain News, Atlantic Media's RouteFifty.com (formerly Government Executive State and Local), SKI Magazine, Ski Area Management, SKIING Magazine, the Summit Daily News, United Hemispheres (United Airlines), Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine, Vail en Español, Vail Valley Magazine, the Vail Daily, the Vail Trail and Westword (Denver). Williams is also the founder, publisher and editor of RealVail.com and RockyMountainPost.com.