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Basalt officials: Pot licenses on Craigslist are bogus

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Basalt officials are working with the District Attorney’s office regarding a pending marijuana business deal in that town. Officials are trying to figure out what business arrangements may be behind a Craigslist ad that appeared late last month. It was for marijuana "medical and recreational permits and license for sale."

  With an asking price of $125,000, those items were described as already approved by local governments, and for locations in Basalt and the Willits Town Center. The ad was posted for the Denver area, perplexing officials in the Roaring Fork Valley. They say such licenses do not exist. The ad has since been removed by its author.

When asked about the posting and questions surrounding it, District Attorney Sherry Caloia confirmed her office is investigating a matter that arose in Basalt which involves marijuana. She declined to discuss the issue further, but suggested asking Basalt resident David Schoenberger. His phone number was listed as a contact for the Craigslist advertisement, and a man named David responded by email when contacted through the site by a reporter.


When asked to comment about the investigation, Schoenberger did not confirm or deny he had posted the Craigslist ad. That came after his meeting Monday with top Basalt officials about marijuana business deals he’s been involved with. Those authorities declined to comment on the meeting, but confirmed there are possible buyers for what they say are technically nonexistent licenses advertised on Craigslist. Officials are encouraging would-be buyers to call the Town of Basalt first.  

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