Group applies to re-ignite Basalt’s lone pot dispensary
August 14, 2010
BASALT – Three Basalt businessmen want to re-open the town’s only medical marijuana dispensary and they are exploring options for adding a pot growing operation as well.
David Schoenberger, Doug Olson and Dr. Dave Slater applied for a license to open Basalt Alternative Medicine in a space in the former WIN Institute building where a medical marijuana dispensary previously operated. That dispensary closed after its partners, including WIN Health Center founder Dr. Dave Jensen, ran into financial difficulties. That has left midvalley residents without a homegrown dispensary for medical marijuana for about four months.
Schoenberger, chief executive officer of Basalt Alternative Medicine LLC, said they hope to open the dispensary as soon as possible. They applied for a business license and medical marijuana facility license from the Basalt town government on June 30. They also beat a deadline to apply for a license from the state on July 1 before a one-year moratorium on new licenses takes effect.
Town officials said the licenses for Basalt Alternative Medicine are “pending” during review.
The group’s application listed Jensen as secretary, but Schoenberger said that information is out of date. Jensen is no longer a partner in the new venture, according to Schoenberger.
The group’s application for a license for a medical marijuana facility stated they want approval for a “medical marijuana farm” as well as an “accessory medical marijuana production facility associated with a medical marijuana farm” in addition to the dispensary.
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Schoenberger and Olson attempted to talk to the Basalt Town Council on Tuesday night about the growing operation, but Town Attorney Tom Smith interrupted and said it was inappropriate for the board to talk about a pending application in an unscheduled setting.
Schoenberger said Wednesday he and Olson simply wanted to inform the board about their plan for a grow operation and seek a solution with the board. Basalt’s regulations on grow operations limit them to lands zoned “developing resource,” of which there are few within the town boundaries. A grow operation is allowed only as a special use, so it would require Town Council review.
Schoenberger said his group wants to start a grow operation “on the perimeter” of Basalt. He didn’t want to disclose the exact site for security reasons.
No land-use application has been submitted for a pot growing operation, according to town officials.