Legal Marijuana In Small Town Colorado

COLORADO:  Ten months after legal recreational sales of marijuana began in Colorado, the pot industry is attracting buyers from across the nation. More than 200 recreational outlets have joined the 500 existing medical marijuana shops to give pot buyers plenty of options.

In Garden City, Colorado, a tiny incorporated town on the south border of Greeley, four pot shops generate lots of customers and tax revenue without great controversy. At Smokey’s regail marijuana shop, the options range from pre-rolled to hash to marijuana-infused cookies and sarsparilla.

“The benefits we’ve seen is that the city council has put a lot of that money back into their city. One thing they’re very proud of is that Garden City has no potholes. And one of the reasons is recreational marijuana here in town,” Stephen Lewchuk, operations manager of Smokey’s recreational marijuana shop, said.

Tax revenues in the town of 250 pepole have jumped from $16,000 a month before marijuana sales began to more than $100,000 a month. We’ll tell you more about that, and the little town’s pot trade, tonight on Eye on KELOLAND.

Edible Marijuana Sales And Public Health Concerns Flourish In Garden City

COLORADO:  John and Mary Rotherham, 74 and 73, aren’t exactly a couple of hippies.

Despite the fact that their son, John Rotherham Jr., owns a medical marijuana store in Garden City, the pair never even touched pot until they reached their 70s.

But when arthritis in John’s leg and back began keeping him awake at night, his son recommended edible marijuana in the form of a candy bar from his Nature’s Herbs and Wellness Center, 522 27th St. in Garden City. Doctors recommended a shot in his spine three to four times a year.

Pot brownies have had a home in college dorm rooms for decades, but with the legalization of weed in Colorado, a flurry of new marijuana-infused edibles, from candy bars to sodas to spice cakes, have hit recreational shelves and gained popularity as an alternative way to get high.


Marijuana Sales Mean New High For Garden City, Colorado: How Windfall Is Revitalizing Town Of 300

COLORADO:  Several states are considering legalizing recreational marijuana, but in Colorado where recreational pot is now legal, Gov. John Hickenlooper thinks marijuana sales will bring in more than $600 million a year, with $134 million in taxes.

One small town, Garden City, Colo., is already seeing a windfall.

A four-by-five block, one-stoplight town, Garden City now knows something about cashing in on temptation. It’s the only town in a county of 4,000 square miles where recreational pot sales are legal. [Read more…]