By: Tyler Young

Posted: Mar 01, 2018 06:30 PM MST

Updated: Mar 01, 2018 06:30 PM MST


PALISADE, Colo. – Since 2014, hundreds of recreational marijuana dispensaries have sprouted over the past 4 years.

A new bill introduced to the Colorado legislator could allow marijuana retailers to expand their licenses and open Cannabis Tasting Rooms.

“It’s one of those things that would be really up to the people here in Palisade as to whether they’re interested in or not to having on site consumption. It’s a little bit difficult here in Palisade because obviously there’s heavy alcohol use here, and alcohol and marijuana don’t mix”, says Matt Pittman the general manager of the Colorado Weedery.

The tasting rooms would use marijuana concentrate at a smaller dose, offering a more subtle high.

“We’ve seen a steady increase in both of our DUID, Driving While Impaired on Drugs, drivers on the roadways and also the amount of marijuana that’s affecting those drivers on our roadways”, says Colorado State Patrol Trooper Dan Chermok.

With exactly 640 fatalities on I-70 in 2017, the trend has continued to climb since 2014.

“Well, I mean, we’re certainly business people as well. Every avenue that we can pursue in our business we’ll definitely take a look at it and see if it makes common sense”, says Pittman.

“Always have a designated driver. Always have somebody that doesn’t have any substances in their system. No alcohol, no marijuana, nothing else because we want that stone sober driver on our roadways”, says Chermok.