Recreational marijuana shops won’t open their doors in Colorado until January and already several pot tourism companies are making plans to cash in on the new businesses.

Colorado is preparing for the state’s first recreational marijuana stores to open this January. In the meantime, voters still have the final say on how the new product will be taxed through Proposition AA.

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Communities across Colorado are taking different tactics to the sale of recreational marijuana, which will officially begin in January. In Colorados high country, most resort towns support pot legalization and they dont see it hurting the states multi-billion dollar tourism business. Last November, Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 by a healthy margin. In resort towns such as Telluride, nearly 80 percent of voters said yes to legalization. Telluride is a pretty young community, said mayor...

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Though voters in Paonia last November approved Amendment 64 the measure legalizing recreational marijuana in Colorado - the Paonia Town Council last night approved a moratorium on all commercial marijuana activity within town limits, until the issue can be put to voters in November of next year. Towns and municipalities across the state have been grappling with whether to allow marijuana legalization, a right given to them by Amendment 64. Mayor Neil Schwieterman read the details...

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A U.S. Department of Justice official told members of Congress yesterday that it wouldn't prosecute banks for doing business with the recreational marijuana industry. As Bente Birkeland reports, Colorado took center stage during the Senate discussion on state and federal marijuana law. Tuesday’s U.S. Senate committee meeting, Conflicts between State and Federal Marijuana Laws, was aptly named. At issue was the conflict that now exists on the federal level with Colorado and Washington’s...

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Headlines Crowds Gather for Marijuana Giveaway, Tax Protest in Denver Colorado Lawmakers Facing Recall Elections Today Two Men Sentenced to Prison after Seeking Sex with Children in Grand Junction Secret Report on James Holmes' Mental Health Delivered to Legal Teams KDNK's Sounds of the High Country - Josh Zaffos on Fracking Voers in Five Colorado Communities May See Fracking Questions

Headlines: Nonprofit Group Says Getting Young People Interested in Healthcare is a Challenge State Health Officials Investigating a Rise in Synthetic-Marijuana-Related Illnesses Settlement Reached Between FAA & Montrose-Based Engine Repair Station Colorado Political Coalition Hopes to Push Tax Increase for Road Projects Alleged Carbondale Drug Kingpin Could See Trial Soon Drive-ins, from the past, may soon be a thing of the past

Headlines: State May Rate Thousands of Homes At Risk for Wildfires US Forest Service Auctions Off Aspen Property for $7 Million Gunnison Basin Roundtable Tasked with Debating State Water Plan Study Claims Legal Pot Could Create Risks for Children City of Grand Junction Bans Retail Marijuana Activity Roundtable Discussion with Reporters Covering Colorado Recall Elections

Grand Valley Water Officials Say State Should Import Water to Meet Demand Delta County Commissioners Discuss Efforts to Protect Sage Grouse Mountain Village's Green Gondola Project to Install 10 New Solar Panels More Colorado Marijuana on Black Market Than Ever Before Prison Dairy Serves Up Buffalo Milk

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The U.S. Department of Justice says it won’t stop marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington. Thursday’s announcement means Colorado’s pot shops could open as early as January. “I’m really pretty ecstatic with this announcement. It signals a very positive shift on marijuana laws,” said Brian Vicente with Amendment 64 supporter Sensible Colorado. “This really answers the unanswered question for years, what happens if Colorado legalizes Marijuana?” “And now we know, they’re going to step...

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This fall voters across Colorado will decide how recreational marijuana should be taxed.

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Allegiant Air Again Offering Flights from Arizona and California to Montrose This Winter 200 Million Gallons of Contaminated Groundwater Removed During Uranium Mill-Tailings Cleanup Western Slope Skies – Meteor Showers in August Billion-Dollar Tax Increase for Education Likely to Appear on Ballot Controversial Grading System for Colorado Teachers Begins This Fall Delta County November Ballot Likely to Include More Questions than Usual Report: Illegal Exports of Colorado Marijuana on the Rise...

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In a narrow 2010 vote, Paonia residents approved a measure to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. This year, the question is whether to allow commercial marijuana sales in town. But after a decision by the Paonia Town Council yesterday evening (Tuesday July 9) , that issue won't be on a ballot this year. The Paonia Town Council on Tuesday evening voted to approve a "No Action" plan regarding Amendment 64, the Colorado constitutional measure that legalizes commercial marijuana activity in the...

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Headlines: Drones in Mesa County Commissioners require air pollution testing for hen-laying facilities Lawyers defend first amendment rights for marijuana publications in Colorado Delta County Housing Authority spearheads grants for area counties to rehab low-income residents’ homes Red flag warning again today

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Headlines: Colorado Now Has Elder Abuse Law New Marijuana Measures Signed Into Law Delta County Commissioners Approve Hen-Laying Facility, Again KPP dinners benefit local needs

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Headlines: Rock slide closes McClure Pass at Paonia Reservoir News from the Legislature as the session winds down: Elections bill passes, heads to Governor Hickenlooper Medicaid Expansion passes both Houses Gray water bill passes Other News: Local farmer Jere Lowe on how marijuana should be regulated ISeeChange: Carrots, tulips, cherries, kestrals, the First Red Flag Warning and other signs of spring

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