RECREATIONAL WEED WON’T BE CHALLENGED BY FEDS
Denver/Washington, DC—The Department of Justice announced today that it will not prevent the states of Colorado and Washington from allowing recreational weed. Officials with the Colorado Department of Revenue say with the federal government’s direction, they can now move forward with establishing concrete, permanent rules dealing with recreational pot under Amendment 64. Some of the regulations will deal with inventory for retail establishments, labeling and keeping weed out of the hands of children.
McDONALD’s EMPLOYEES IN COLORADO JOIN WAGE STRIKE
Undated—AP) – Some Coloradans are joining fast-food workers across the country in calling for higher wages. About 50 people picketed outside a McDonald’s in the Denver suburb of Northglenn for about an hour on Thursday morning. Later, a group protested outside a McDonald’s in Denver. They’re among protests being held in over 50 cities.
Nationally, workers say they want $15 an hour, which would be about $31,000 a year for full-time employees. That’s more than double the federal minimum wage, which many fast food workers make, of $7.25 an hour, or $15,000 a year. The minimum wage in Colorado is $7.78 an hour because it’s one of eight states that link it to inflation.
There have been similar protests organized by unions and community groups over the past several months.
ANOTHER WEST SLOPE COUNTY ENTERS SAGE GROUSE DEBATE
MONTROSE (AP) – New Montrose County regulations will require a permit before development can take place in areas designated as Gunnison sage grouse occupied habitat.
Commissioners approved mitigation regulations for the bird, which is up for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act. Montrose County is taking action now because it doesn’t want that to happen. Commissioners hope to prove to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that there are adequate local management strategies for species preservation in place.
COLORADO UNVEILS NEW TOURISM SLOGAN, LOGO
DENVER (AP) – Colorado is rolling out a state brand that officials hope will increase tourism and economic development. The new logo with a snow-capped green mountain and a new slogan, “It’s our nature,” was unveiled Thursday. The logo itself is dubbed the “Peak.” Colorado marketing director Aaron Kennedy, the founder of Noodles & Co., drove the year-long effort to develop the brand after getting feedback from people statewide. He says the new logo builds from the state’s license plate because many identified Colorado with it. It also incorporates one of the state’s main attractions – the mountains. It cost $1.1 million in private donations and $1.5 million in pro-bono work. State agencies will transition to using the logo within the year and Colorado companies will also place it on products.