Requests overwhelming agencies — but is it pot that's bringing more poor to Pueblo?

July 25, 2016 — 

Is legalized marijuana bringing more poor people to Pueblo County?

For local nonprofit agencies that are the front line in dealing with indigent people, there is no question more poor single people and families have been knocking on their doors in the past few years.

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Holland Hills odors likely from outdoor grows

June 28, 2016 — 

Marijuana odors detected earlier this month in the Holland Hills neighborhood near Basalt seem to be coming from private grows and not from a commercial pot farm in the area.

That was the consensus Tuesday at a Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners meeting with the owner of High Valley Farms, who had to mitigate serious marijuana odors last summer after angry neighbors voiced complaints.

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Aspen leaders ponder what to do with pot of money

May 27, 2016 — 

Aspen’s municipal government reaped $200,341 in sales tax collections from marijuana sales in 2015, which has prompted a discussion about future use of those funds.

The money currently sits in the city’s general fund, but at a City Council work session Tuesday, officials pondered earmarking those dollars for educational and community-outreach efforts regarding cannabis.

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Have Aspen's pot shops runneth over?

May 25, 2016 — 

The number of marijuana shops in Aspen has reached the level that Mayor Steve Skadron fears their “proliferation” is negatively shaping the city’s image and tainting its brand.

Skadron called a City Council work session Tuesday to begin dialogue about whether the municipal government should restrict the number of licenses to sell marijuana.

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City's eighth pot dispensary on deck

April 9, 2016 — 

The former owner of The Meatball Shack has submitted an application to open the city’s eighth recreational marijuana dispensary in the downtown core.

Michael Gurtman, who shut down The Meatball Shack last month after four and a half years, said the new dispensary, if approved by the state and city, will be called “Best Day Ever,” and will be located on the second floor of the same building on Cooper Avenue that houses the Silverpeak Apothecary dispensary.

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Pitkin County approves outdoor pot 'experiment'

March 23, 2016 — 

A majority of Pitkin County commissioners voted Wednesday to allow an already-permitted indoor marijuana facility to grow as many as 250 plants outdoors this summer.

Commissioners termed the deal a “one-year experiment” with the owners of Stash marijuana dispensary in Aspen, and they placed conditions on it, including the installation of a driveway camera on the property, keeping aesthetics in mind when building a fence around the outdoor grow and capping the number of outside plants at 250.

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Pitkin County denies pot edibles manufacturing business

March 23, 2016 — 

Pitkin County commissioners on Wednesday denied a local woman’s application to open a kitchen at the Aspen Business Center that would have manufactured marijuana-infused edibles.

“The (marijuana) legalization train left the station at a good clip, and I’m not sure our communities have caught up,” said Commissioner Rachel Richards. “The messaging is this isn’t a drug. This isn’t serious. It’s just a piece of candy.”

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Pitkin County officials discuss marijuana edibles

March 15, 2016 — 

Pitkin County commissioners are concerned about how marijuana edibles might be manufactured and marketed in their own backyard, as well as how they can be kept from children.

Commissioners hosted a far-ranging discussion Tuesday that was prompted by an application for a kitchen at the Aspen Business Center that would produce marijuana edibles if the board approves. Participants included those who work with youth, health officials, law enforcement and environmental health officials.

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Aspen pot shop robber faces up to 12 years in prison

March 7, 2016 — 

The 22-year-old man who robbed an Aspen marijuana dispensary with a hammer in July pleaded guilty Monday to three felonies and faces between four and 12 years in prison when he is sentenced next month.

As part of a plea deal, Hayden May pleaded guilty to robbery, theft and aggravated motor-vehicle theft. There is no deal on sentencing, which will occur April 18.

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Aspen pot sales top $8.3 million in 2015

March 3, 2016 — 

The seven marijuana dispensaries in Aspen sold more than $8.3 million worth of medical and recreational pot during 2015, according to statistics from the city’s Finance Department.

“That’s an incredible number,” said Aspen Assistant Police Chief Bill Linn. “That’s impressive.”

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Commissioners want more info on pot business

February 24, 2016 — 

Pitkin County commissioners want more information about a business that wants to produce marijuana bubblegum at the Aspen Business Center before deciding on whether to approve its license.

And not only does the county need more information about whether exhaust fans were properly installed, whether a child care business is nearby the proposed location and how waste will be disposed, at least two commissioners want general input from the community about any concerns.

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Marijuana farm passes the first smell inspection

February 10, 2016 — 

When it comes to marijuana odors coming out of a Basalt-area grow operation, the real proof the problem has been fixed will come this summer.

That was the consensus Tuesday from both Pitkin County commissioners and two neighbors who live in the Holland Hills subdivision near High Valley Farms. Meanwhile, commissioners will continue to hold quarterly meetings to review the odor problem.

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New retail marijuana shop opens in Eagle-Vail

January 20, 2016 — 

EAGLE-VAIL — A new recreational marijuana shop, High Country Healing, has opened on the “Green Mile” along U.S. Highway 6.

The shop will hold a grand opening celebration Jan. 22 with food, live music and specials throughout the store. Together with a local development company, the shop is next to the Route 6 Café in Eagle-Vail.

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Aspen post office box yields green surprise

January 7, 2016 — 

The former owner of Johnny McGuire’s Deli received a surprise Thursday when he showed up to collect his mail at the Aspen post office.

The man, who hadn’t been to his post office box in four months, found an envelope in his stack of mail that caught his attention, said Aspen Police Detective Jeff Fain. The envelope had been destined for someone in Ireland and was sent Aug. 17, but the person who sent it neglected to fill out the return address, he said.

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Can the pot industry one day rival skiing?

January 20, 2016 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Skiing is king in the Vail Valley — always has been. But will it always be so?

Winter sports will probably always dominate the Vail Valley’s economy. Despite years of effort, the town of Vail collects about 70 percent of its annual sales taxes during the ski season. That could change in the future, and perhaps the near future.

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Alleged pot grower to stand trial

December 23, 2015 — 

A 37-year-old Crystal River Valley man will stand trial on charges of growing and distributing marijuana, manufacturing marijuana concentrate and child abuse, a District Court judge decided Tuesday.

Richard Fanguy was arrested after Pitkin County Sheriff’s deputies searched his home Aug. 27, located off Highway 133 between Carbondale and Redstone, and found 12.2 pounds of marijuana, more than 100 marijuana plants and equipment to turn marijuana into concentrate, sometimes called hashish.

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Aspen marijuana dispensaries seize holiday business

December 26, 2014 — 

The greeter at the new Green Dragon location on the Hyman Avenue pedestrian mall checks IDs and bounces his head to the music playing. Inside, the budtenders, as they’re called, field a wide range of questions. “How much does a vaporizer cost?” “Why’s the Super Joint more expensive than the other ones?”

It’s a bit more low-key a few blocks away at the new Leaf Aspen location, where an upbeat Cally Shadowshot beams about the store’s signature products and its homegrown marijuana supply of 40 pounds that’s being cultivated for the dispensary’s inventory.

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Aspen and Colorado marketers legally restricted from marketing marijuana

December 14, 2015 — 

A recent study showed that 6.8 percent of visitors said legal marijuana was their driving force to vacation in Colorado, but both state and Aspen tourism officials have no plans to market the state for its pot.

“We operate on Forest Service land, so you do the math,” said Christian Knapp, vice president of marketing for Aspen Skiing Co.

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Change in ownership looms for Aspen marijuana dispensary

December 7, 2015 — 

Alternative Medical Solutions, one of downtown Aspen’s seven recreational cannabis dispensaries, is set to change ownership for $382,000.

Steamboat Springs resident Kenneth Porteous is scheduled to appear Wednesday before the Local Licensing Authority regarding his application to buy the business, located upstairs at 106 S. Mill St.

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Council upholds license approvals for Osiris pot grow

November 19, 2015 — 

The last of a series of marijuana business applications to go through the former city of Glenwood Springs licensing review process before new rules were enacted this summer got the green light to proceed from City Council Thursday night.

Council voted 6-1 to uphold city licensing officer Angela Roff’s decision last month to grant licenses for Osiris LLC to operate a cultivation, manufacturing and retail marijuana sales facility at 2150 Devereux Road.

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Chamber, library file joint appeal of pot shop OK

October 16, 2015 — 

The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association and Garfield County Public Library District have teamed up to appeal the recent city decision to grant a license for a new downtown marijuana shop.

The chamber and library boards on Friday issued an appeal to Glenwood Springs City Council regarding license hearing officer Angela Roff’s Oct. 9 decision to approve the Kind Castle retail marijuana store at 818 Grand Ave.

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Denver warning issued over Aspen pot capsules

September 29, 2015 — 

Concerns over the manufacturing process prompted a Denver health agency on Friday to warn consumers about a marijuana-related edible product made in Aspen.

The Denver Department of Environmental Health removed Rx Green’s Autopilots Omega 3 & THC capsules from the shelves of Denver dispensaries and destroyed them, said Danica Lee, the department’s food safety section manager. The agency warned consumers to destroy any of the product made before Sept. 17, according to a statement.

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High Valley Farms lives to grow another year

September 23, 2015 — 

Jordan Lewis said he was “literally betting the farm” on his pot-growing facility near Basalt. The gamble paid off — for the time being at least.

Pitkin County commissioners voted 4-1 Wednesday to renew separate, one-year licenses for High Valley Farms, which is co-owned by Lewis and is the cannabis supplier to Silverpeak Apothecary in Aspen and other marijuana dispensaries in Colorado.

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Shops expect big crowds for tax holiday

September 13, 2015 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Marijuana enthusiasts can add one more holiday to their calendars. On Sept. 16, recreational pot will be sold without state-added taxes.

Those taxes were approved by voters in 2013, a year after the state approved a constitutional amendment legalizing the possession and retail sale of marijuana for recreational purposes. Since revenue has exceeded projections in the ballot measure, refunds are being given in the form of a one-day price break.

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Council gives final OK to new pot business rules

August 22, 2015 — 

The city of Glenwood Springs has completed new rules for marijuana businesses, including the addition of a special-use review and hearing process, and an expanded 900-foot setback between retail pot shops and related businesses.

City Council on Thursday approved the amended ordinance without any further discussion or public comment. The issue was aired during an Aug. 6 public hearing when council agreed to the new rules on first reading.

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Approval granted for Green Dragon to change hands

August 12, 2015 — 

A Denver-based cannabis company that already owns a retail and medical marijuana operation in Glenwood Springs won local approval Wednesday to acquire the Green Dragon’s local holdings.

Greenwerkz already received approval in May from Aspen’s licensing authority for a transfer of ownership involving the Green Dragon retail store and medical dispensary in Aspen.

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Basalt-area marijuana farm's license in peril

August 11, 2015 — 

In a highly charged meeting Tuesday, Pitkin County commissioners told the owners of High Valley Farms, a marijuana grow facility that debuted last year, that its license is in serious peril because of its chronic stench.

The meeting was the latest in a series of county commissioner work sessions over the smell wafting from High Valley Farms, located in the Basalt area. And each time, Jordan Lewis, co-owner of the greenhouses, has assured commissioners and neighbors the stench will be eradicated. The neighbors also have been making repeated claims that the odor hasn’t gone away, continually and negatively impacting their lifestyle.

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Aspen Pot shop robber faces decades in prison, held on $100,000 cash bond

August 11, 2015 — 

The 21-year-old Aspen man charged with robbing a local marijuana dispensary last month is back in town and facing decades in prison for his crime spree.

Hayden May appeared in District Court in Aspen on Tuesday, where District Judge Gail Nichols ordered him held on a $100,000 cash or surety bond.

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Glenwood moves to toughen pot shop rules

August 9, 2015 — 

New marijuana businesses in Glenwood Springs will face a special planning review to make sure the proposed location is suitable, and will have to be separated by at least 900 feet.

Those are the new rules that won initial approval Thursday night on a 6-1 vote by Glenwood Springs City Council.

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Glenwood moves to toughen pot shop rules

August 7, 2015 — 

New marijuana businesses in Glenwood Springs will face a special planning review to make sure the proposed location is suitable, and will have to be separated by at least 900 feet.

Those are the new rules that won initial approval Thursday night on a 6-1 vote by Glenwood Springs City Council.

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