Background issues put Aspen marijuana patches on hold
The background of a Snowmass Village man aiming to manufacture cannabis-infused patches came into question Tuesday at a hearing with the Local Licensing Authority, whose members delayed reviewing his applications for an address change and for selling the products to recreational dispensaries.
Applicant Josh Meacham wasn’t at the hearing, where members of the board, which is Aspen’s governing body for establishments that sell liquor and marijuana, postponed the decision until its next monthly meeting in February. Meacham was represented by his business manager, Steve Garcia.
The delay came after Detective Jeff Fain, of the Aspen Police Department, said Meacham’s criminal background wasn’t revealed on his city application to manufacture the patches for distribution to retail dispensaries. The paperwork asks if the applicants have ever been arrested.
“I ran a history this morning, and I had 30 seconds to look at it and I saw four or five criminal items,” said Fain, who recently became a detective. Fain noted Meacham’s background included transgressions that occurred in Arizona relating to driving with a revoked license and failure to appear in court.
“So he lied on his application, is that what you’re saying?” board member Bill Murphy asked.
“Well, that’s what it looks like,” said Walter Chi, also of the Aspen Police Department.
Meacham, reached by phone, said the Aspen Police Department erred in its findings.
“I’m dealing with it and it’s a mistake by the Aspen Police Department,” he said.
Meacham said the incidents were traffic related and not criminal, and Fain, whom he called a “rookie detective,” made a snap judgment about his background. Meacham said he also has received state approval and questioned the reason his traffic incidents surfaced so late with the city.
Regardless, Meacham will have to wait at least another month. He’s seeking a license to relocate his business, which the Local Licensing Authority had approved to set up shop at the old Poppie’s Bistro site at 835 W. Hallam St., to 730 E. Cooper Ave., which used to house Leaf Aspen. Garcia said the landlord couldn’t get the West Hallam Street location ready for Meacham, which is why they sought another spot.
Meacham also has applied to manufacture the patches for distribution to recreational dispensaries. He won approval last year to make the patches for medical dispensaries. Meacham would not sell the products on site.
The patches, according to Meacham, would take effect within 20 to 30 minutes. They would have a lasting effect of about three to four hours.
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