Two Aspen Marijuana Shops Cited For Underage Sale To Enforcement Officer

COLORADO:  Two recreational marijuana shops in Aspen were cited this week by state regulators for selling pot to an underage customer in a set of rare cases for the industry in Colorado.

The Marijuana Enforcement Division confirmed that it issued two citations after conducting seven underage compliance checks in Aspen.

Since January 2014, the division has conducted about 130 underage compliance checks statewide, resulting in a total of nine violations, Moore said.

In the 19 months since recreational marijuana has been legal in Colorado, recreational shops — for the most part — have been  lauded for their compliance with state law, particularly on the hot-button topic of underage possession and consumption.

Pot-Enhanced Art Classes At Aspen Jewish Center Canceled

COLORADO:  A series of marijuana-inspired art classes set to take place at a Jewish center in Aspen were canceled a day after they were announced, the Aspen Daily News reported on Friday.

Suzanne Horwich, director of arts programs at the Chabad Jewish Community Center on Main Street, told The Aspen Times the idea was approved by the center’s lawyer and local law enforcement. The painting classes, called “Art with Mary Jane,” invited the public to bring their own cannabis to smoke and eat during the lessons. It was restricted for adults 21 and older and would have been taught by local artists.

Announcement of the classes shocked Debbie Quinn, assistant city attorney. She said, “That was a surprise to us.”

Smoking marijuana for recreational purposes was legalized  in Aspen last year, but Quinn noted that Aspen’s municipal code forbids any club or business from allowing marijuana consumption on its property.

The Best American Destinations For Pot Tourists

WASHINGTON:  With the legalization of marijuana in four US states (Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska) and the recreational use of it currently allowed in the first two, buying weed is becoming as normal an activity as, say, shopping at the Gap.

From touring a marijuana-growing operation in Seattle to purchasing pot-infused personal lubricant in Aspen, here are five ways to get your buzz on in these pot-friendly territories.

“Cannabis is turning into something akin to the wine industry,” says Michael Gordon, CEO of Kush Tourism, a company that organizes marijuana tours and cannabis-related activities in Seattle. And a Kush excursion to Sky High Gardens is not unlike visiting a vineyard: You’ll see where and how the plants are grown and hear about all the nuances in smell and taste

Getting High Safely: Aspen Launches Marijuana Education Campaign

COLORADO: The state government and the marijuana industry in Colorado are working to educate people about how to use pot safely. But in the high Rockies, one community is taking matters into its own hands.

The local sheriff in Aspen is leading an education effort that targets skiers and snowboarders flocking to the winter resort. And the sheriff isn’t waiting until visitors hit the slopes — their education starts at the airport with pamphlets on marijuana.

“It’s the brochure rack, and it has information on everything from trails on the ski areas to a day at the Aspen Club and, now, the local guide to retail marijuana,” says Pat Bingham, a spokesperson for the airport.

She says the brochure on legalized pot isn’t all that popular.

Officials in Aspen have put out a brochure on how to use marijuana safely and legally.

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“We haven’t had to refill this thing, I don’t think, once yet, but our busy season is yet to come,” she says.

Getting High Safely: Aspen Launches Marijuana Education Campaign

COLORADO:  The state government and the marijuana industry in Colorado are working to educate people about how to use pot safely. But in the high Rockies, one community is taking matters into its own hands.

The local sheriff in Aspen is leading an education effort that targets skiers and snowboarders flocking to the winter resort. And the sheriff isn’t waiting until visitors hit the slopes — their education starts at the airport with pamphlets on marijuana.

“It’s the brochure rack, and it has information on everything from trails on the ski areas to a day at the Aspen Club and now, the local guide to retail marijuana,” says Pat Bingham, a spokesperson for the airport.

The pamphlet is an attempt by the community to educate tourists about marijuana. It lists how much you’re allowed to have, where it’s legal to consume and how long the high takes to set in.

Colorado's Mountain Resorts Gear Up For Recreational Marijuana

COLORADO: Communities across Colorado are taking different tactics to the sale of recreational marijuana, which will officially begin in January. In Colorado’s high country, most resort towns support pot legalization and they don’t see it hurting the state’s multibillion dollar tourism business. [Read more…]

Colorado's Mountain Resorts Gear Up For Recreational Marijuana

COLORADO: Communities across Colorado are taking different tactics to the sale of recreational marijuana, which will officially begin in January. In Colorado’s high country, most resort towns support pot legalization and they don’t see it hurting the state’s multibillion dollar tourism business. [Read more…]

Many Colorado Pot Business Owners Don't Have Marijuana Backgrounds

COLORADO:  One is a former oil man. Another was the president of a company that produced baby sleep positioners. There’s a boutique real estate developer of an Aspen hotel and a 32-year-old former commercial banker who opened her own consulting company.

The names of some of Colorado’s biggest marijuana moguls are not well known outside the industry — or in some cases, even inside it. Some like it that way, preferring a low profile in a risky business. [Read more…]