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Craig briefs: Coffee and a Newspaper to discuss retail pot

The Craig Daily Press will host its monthly Coffee and a Newspaper event from 7 to 7:45 a.m. Wednesday at The Memorial Hospital Mountain Café. This month, General Manager Renee Campbell and Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley will hold a discussion about retail marijuana. The Craig Daily Press recently reported on a Maybell woman who wants to overturn the ban on retail pot cultivation and sales in Moffat County so she can reap the financial benefits from cannabis. The newspaper invites anyone from the public who would like to weigh in on the topic. For more information, call 970-875-1788.

Community calendar available online, in print

The Craig Daily Press has a robust and thorough community calendar that can be found on page 5 of the Craig Daily Press or online at CraigDailyPress.com/events. Check out the newspaper's calendar for your event needs. If you'd like to submit a calendar event, email your listing to editor@CraigDailyPress.com, or call 970-875-1790.

Sen. Udall promotes fire department grants

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., encourages Colorado's fire departments to apply for competitive grants to help them meet their firefighting and emergency response needs and better protect Colorado communities, according to a release from the senator's office.

Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant program gives Colorado fire departments the chance to compete for a portion of $32 million to more effectively protect communities from the threat of fire. This Fire Prevention and Safety Grant funds projects that reach high-risk populations and that decrease rates of injuries and death caused by fires.

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To request a letter of support on behalf of an application, fire departments should contact Udall's regional office nearest them. Call Mike Saccone at 202-224-4334.

Colorado farmers can grow industrial hemp

The Colorado Department of Agriculture has adopted the first industrial hemp rules in state history. The rules became effective Dec. 30, according to a release. Producer registration with CDA's industrial hemp program opened March 1.

"These rules are the first step to allow Colorado producers to legally grow industrial hemp," Colorado Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture Ron Carleton said.

Producers must register with CDA by May 1 if they would like to grow industrial hemp during the 2014 growing season. The annual registration fee for commercial production of industrial hemp will be $200 plus $1 per acre. The annual registration fee for production of industrial hemp for research and development will be $100 plus $5 per acre. All registrations will be valid for one year from date of issuance.

All registrants are subject to sampling of their industrial hemp crop to verify that the THC concentration does not exceed 0.3 percent on dry weight basis; as many as 33 percent of the registrants will be inspected each year. During the inspection, the registrant or authorized representative must provide the department's inspector with complete and unrestricted access to all industrial hemp plants and seeds whether growing or harvested, all land, buildings and other structures used for the cultivation and storage of industrial hemp, as well as all documents and records pertaining to the registrant's industrial hemp growing business.

The rules were developed in response to the recent passing of Amendment 64 and legislation enacted by the Colorado General Assembly. SB13-241 delegates to the department the responsibility for establishing a registration and inspection program. 

"The General Assembly, with SB13-241, has made it clear that cultivation, for either commercial or research and development purposes, is not authorized unless the prospective grower first registers with the department," Carleton said.

The rules and more information about industrial hemp can be found by visiting http://www.colorado.gov/ag/dpi and clicking on "industrial hemp."

Free carpool matching service available online

Residents of Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties have access to a free, online carpool matching service sponsored by Yampa Valley Data Partners, according to a news release.

Organizers hope the website, http://www.carpoolworld.com/northwestcolorado, will be a resource to help Northwest Colorado residents save on transportation costs. The project was created as part of the Northwest Colorado Energy Education Plan, which was funded by a grant from the Colorado Energy Office.

Driving under influence of marijuana is illegal

As new laws based on Amendment 64 continue to regulate the possession and use of recreational marijuana, the Colorado State Patrol reminds motorists that driving while impaired by marijuana (or any other substance) is illegal, according to a press release.

Recent legal changes that loosen regulations governing the purchase, possession and consumption of marijuana by people 21 and older do not mitigate motorists' responsibility to drive sober at all times.

During the course of a traffic contact, any driver suspected of driving while impaired by marijuana may be asked to complete voluntary roadside maneuvers and submit to a chemical test. Refusal of a chemical test results in stricter penalties than compliance.