Yep, you’ll be able to legally buy marijuana in stores in Colorado beginning tomorrow, New Year’s Day, 2014. The ski industry in Colorado will be changed forever as a result.
In November 2012, Colorado passed Amendment 64 which allows 21 year olds to legally grow 3 immature marijuana plants and 3 mature plants. 21-year-olds can also legally possess or gift up to one ounce of marijuana. Last September, an ordinance was adopted in Colorado that will allow for retail marijuana sales within the state. The caveat here is that you can only smoke weed on private property with the owner’s permission. Marijuana has been illegal to smoke in public for a long time yet that hasn’t stopped skiers and riders from lighting up at ski resorts. With the stuff legal now, it might get even more prominent at resorts in Colorado.
Colorado residents over 21 years of age will be able to buy up to an ounce of marijuana from a store. Non-residents over 21 years of age will only be able to buy a quarter ounce and it will only be legal for non-residents to possess a quarter ounce.
Somewhere around 20 marijuana stores will be open for business in Colorado. About 100 marijuana stores are awaiting city and state licensing approval.
Each county in Colorado gets to decide if it wants to have marijuana stores in it’s county. Obviously, not all the counties are into it. Colorado Springs has banned marijuana sales. Denver, Aspen, Boulder, and Telluride will have marijuana sales.
Skiing and riding and partying in Colorado is about to get wild.