COLORADO: The owner of a Glenwood Springs medical marijuana store who is opening a retail shop in Aspen wants to build 40,000 square feet of greenhouses, sheds and related infrastructure for a grow operation in Snowmass Canyon.
Members of the Woody Creek Caucus today plan to discuss the proposal by Ron Radtke, who runs Green Essentials in Glenwood and plans to open a store on Hyman Avenue called Aspen Green Dragon that will cater to both medical marijuana patients and recreational users.
The Pitkin County commissioners on Nov. 6 will take up Radtke’s plan, which was submitted last month, for the Green Dragon Ranch on Lower River Road. It is the first pot grow site proposed in the Snowmass Canyon and Woody Creek areas.
The grow site would take up a portion of the 38-acre property, and include a building with a maximum height of 18 feet, as many as 5,000 plants and six to seven employees, according to the application and an interview with Radtke.
At least two people who live near the proposed site said they fear what will happen if the greenhouse proposal is approved — concerns that Radtke said are unfounded.