Brush leaders have blocked efforts from a local entrepreneur to turn an old prison into a spot for researching and growing marijuana. But that's not stopping Nick Erker from pursuing another path for approval for his plan.
"In the privacy of the voting booth, I think we're going to get to see how people really feel about this," said the Brush-based owner of Colorado Farm Products.
Maka Kalaí, manager of Organic Alternatives, a recreational and medical marijuana store in Fort Collins, Colorado, holds up a card that tells the reader to "start low, go slow." when it comes to edibles, meaning eat a little bit and give it some time to kick in.
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When Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use earlier in 2014, it also opened the door for food products infused with the drug to anyone over the age of 21. That means a whole set of bakers and food companies have to ensure new products aren’t contaminated with foodborne pathogens. And they have to make sure they’re falling into the hands of children or are too potent to eat.
Tourism is a multibillion dollar industry in Colorado. Mountain resort communities do a majority of their business during the winter months – but summer can be just as profitable. According to the Denver-based travel research firm Destimetrics, Colorado’s resorts are poised to have a banner 2014.
The small and sunny town of Del Norte, and most of southwestern Colorado’s San Luis Valley, is served by one major power line. It comes in the valley through stretches of the Rio Grande National Forest, where long periods of drought and spruce beetle infestations have led to significantly higher fire danger in the last 15 years.
Del Norte is the example of a community at risk, one that needs to find creative solutions to a possible electrical grid disaster.