Retail marijuana outlets move closer to reality in Aspen valley

October 15, 2013

People 21 and over in Aspen and Glenwood Springs seeking marijuana without a prescription are on track to be able to buy it at a retail outlet starting Jan. 1.

One cannabis-store operator said he has the requisite permits, and Aspen City Council today is poised to pass a new ordinance that will govern retail marijuana shops — there could be as many as eight in town by next year — much like liquor stores.

Council members discussed the proposed Ordinance 38 on Sept. 16, and assistant city attorney Debbie Quinn wrote in a recent memo that the law’s final language is ready for review after a few minor changes.


As a board member of the Colorado chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Maytin said she fully supported Amendment 64, the legalization measure state voters approved in 2012.

But she said she disagreed with Quinn’s recommendation to council that it not allow private cannabis clubs. That could lead to tourists ending up in the emergency room because they’re unaccustomed to the potency of edible, marijuana-infused products, Maytin said.

In her memo to council, Quinn wrote that there is “nothing in Amendment 64, the state codes or regulations that legalizes the leasing or use of property for a private or public club for marijuana consumption; there is no provision for licensing such a use.”

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