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Pot shop gets variance for back door location



BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. - Breckenridge walks a tight rope in how it deals with dispensaries of medical marijuana. Along with the majority of Coloradans, town residents voted several years ago to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. And, taking another step, they voted to legalize it within Breckenridge altogether.

Still, marijuana remains a touchy subject. Town officials do not allow dispensaries at all on ground-floor locations in the Main Street business district, where tourists congregate. Further, the council adopted a moratorium on new dispensaries in the same area.

As such, the case of a dispensary called Medicine Man posed significant questions of justice when its proprietor recently appeared before the town council. The Summit Daily News explains the business had been operating out of a second-story location on Main Street. Then, because other tenants of the building complained about the odors, the landowner did not renew the lease.

The business owner, Frank Torrealba, told council members that he found another Main Street location, one that would have the entire top level of a building, eliminating complaints of odors. Further, there's an off-street entrance and, much to the liking of at least some council members, he will have no outside sign.

"The signage piece is a big deal for me," said Councilman Eric Mamula, explaining his support for a variance to the town's moratorium. "That's the part that affects our guests."

The same night, the council passed a law prohibiting the smell of marijuana from being perceptible outside private homes where it is grown.


Banff considering money for art

BANFF, Alberta - Town officials in Banff are considering regulations that would mandate developers chip in for public art. "We believe there's significant value to public art," said Randall McKay, manager of planning and development.

The Rocky Mountain Outlook notes that requiring public art as part of development is common in many places in North America. For example, in Vancouver, developers of more than 100,000 square feet must contribute a fee per buildable foot to a public art process.


Guide sorry for spraying caged bear

JACKSON, Wyo. - A 26-year-old hunting, fishing and float-trip guide who admits he sprayed a caged bear with pepper spray rues the deed, blaming it on alcohol. "I think it was a cruel thing to do, your honor. It was one of the worst decisions I've ever made," said the guide, Tyler Steele.

Grand Teton National Park wildlife managers had captured the black bear in a culvert trap after it broke into the main lodge building of the Triangle X Ranch, where the guide worked. The guide said he was drunk and incited by his friends to spray the bear. The bear did nothing when he sprayed the pepper.