Aspen to get marijuana-patch production facility
A Snowmass Village man won approval from the Local Licensing Authority on Tuesday to manufacture hash-oil patches exclusively for medical marijuana patients.
The authority voted 3-0 in favor of Joshua Meacham’s application for a “medical marijuana infused products manufacturer’s license” with the city of Aspen. Board members appeared receptive to the idea, as their main concerns were about potential traffic the business would generate and how much marijuana would be kept at the facility.
Meacham, 26, told board members that the business, which will be located in an approximately 1,000-square-foot suite at 834 W. Hallam St., would not be open to the public. The patches would be distributed to medical marijuana dispensaries only within the state of Colorado, he said. The volume of manufacturing would be “driven by the market,” Meacham told the board. 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,” Meacham said.
“It’s really hard to say, but about 100 grams of hash oil would make about 10,000 patches,” he said. “That would be the maximum (at one time) if we reach peak production levels. … We will never have actual marijuana or flowers because we use oil extracted from the flowers (off site) and the oil is infused into the products.”
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.”
The products would be made on-site with a roller-coater machine, which would put the hash oil into the patches, Meacham said. Patches could hold anywhere from 10 to 30 grams of THC, the mind-altering ingredient in marijuana. No chemicals would be added to the patches, Meacham said, noting they would be “organic.”
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, Meacham said, noting that when one digests an edible marijuana product, that option isn’t available.
“The benefit of the patch is you can take it off,” he said.
He said medical marijuana patients would benefit from the pot patches because they wouldn’t have to consume an edible product or inhale smoke.
“It’s an alternative solution for individuals who can’t smoke or can’t eat it, especially with a lot of cancer patients,” he said.
Meacham said his plan is to staff five or six people and manufacture the products during daytime hours. He said he hopes to open the business within the next couple of weeks. It would be called RX Green Patches.
The only other Colorado manufacturer of pot patches is Denver-based Mary’s Medicinals, Meacham said.
In another development Tuesday, the board approved Aspen Green Dragon’s transfer of its retail marijuana operations from 400 E. Hyman Ave. to 409 E. Hyman Ave., which is on ground-level space below New York Pizza.
Store manager Jeff Kennedy said that the medical dispensary will remain at 409 E. Hyman Ave. Keeping the two retailers in separate locations would allow medical patients to enjoy a “discreet environment” that’s not available with the recreational and medical operations currently under the same roof.
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