De Beque may become the first municipality in Mesa County to accept retail pot shops sometime in the future.
Marijuana’s journey in legalization takes another step in Colorado when voters decide Tuesday whether to tax it more for the sake of schools and enforcement.
Hundreds of people lined up to get a free joint in Civic Center Park on Monday as part of a protest of the state of Colorado’s plan to heavily tax recreational marijuana.
A legislative panel decided Friday that marijuana in Colorado could be taxed at rates above 30 percent. But voters would have to OK the taxes, and some lawmakers fear the state’s tax-skeptical public could reject such high rates.
Pot smokers in Colorado were the biggest winners in the vote that legalized the drug. Now state regulators are working out the details of exactly how to tax it, so the benefits are shared statewide in the form of increased revenue.