Bringing marijuana to Morrison — where Red Rocks concertgoers tailgate into the night — is harder than it seemsPosted by On


Of the thousands of revelers who head up the hill from Morrison to Red Rocks Amphitheatre to catch a show on any given night, a portion is probably high, about to get high or at least thinking about getting high.

But one thing’s for sure — they didn’t buy their weed in Morrison.

That’s because this tiny town of fewer than 500 — for decades the gateway to mind-altering music shows at the famous concert venue where tailgating goes down on an epic scale — doesn’t have a single pot shop.

That could change after voters this past spring finally opened the door to the establishment of one licensed dispensary in town, nearly a decade after Colorado first legalized recreational cannabis sales. But marijuana in Morrison is turning out to be easier said than done.

That’s because the April 5 ballot measure, which passed overwhelmingly with 82 yes votes to 39 no votes, specified that the one allowed shop in town would have to be “east of the Dakota hogback formation.” That means away from well-trod Bear Creek Avenue, where for years a cozy collection of restaurants, bars and boutiques have drawn in thousands of tourists and locals to this quaint corner of Jefferson County.

It’s a carve-out that Katie Gill, Morrison’s mayor pro-tem, said was likely the only way the ballot measure would have passed.

“This was a way the town could put it to voters: Would you like there to be sales of marijuana here — but east of the hogback,” she said. “I think if we had…

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