Aspen maker of medical marijuana patches seeks recreational license
Aspen’s first maker of marijuana-infused patches, which originally were aimed for medical patients, is hoping to step into the recreational realm.
Johshua Meacham has filed an application with the city of Aspen to obtain a manufacturer’s license to make pot patches for distribution to recreational consumers. He has a hearing date scheduled for Dec. 2.
Aspen City Clerk Linda Manning said Friday she expects Meacham’s application to win approval from the Local Licensing Authority. He’d be using the same equipment and the same process to make the patches, but he needs a separate license.
Meacham already has agreed with the city that he won’t sell the patches to the general public. The patches would be distributed to medical marijuana dispensaries only within Colorado, he said at an October meeting with the Local Licensing Authority, which approved his application by a 3-0 vote.
The volume of manufacturing would be “driven by the market,” Meacham told the board at the time. He said the goal is to sell 10,000 to 20,000 patches a month. Unlike Aspen’s marijuana dispensaries, “we will never come close to what they are doing in cash,” said Meacham, who couldn’t be reached for comment Friday.
The patches would be manufactured in an approximately 1,000-square-foot suite at 834 W. Hallam St., which would not be open to the public.
Meacham’s application states that his method of manufacturing the patches is “very safe” and that “we will not have any type of propane extraction or anything that has flames for any part of the business.”
According to Meacham, patch users typically would feel the effects within 20 to 30 minutes. The patches would have a staying power of about three to four hours, but if a user felt that the effects were too harsh, they could remove the patch and the intensity would subside.
Nearly three years after Aspen City Council cleared the founder of Jazz Aspen Snowmass to launch a jazz performance and education center downtown, Jim Horowitz said he expects the project will get rolling before the year is over.
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