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Aspen City Council considered allowing “marijuana lounges” at a work session last night, but councilmembers largely agreed that now is not the time to consider such a measure. 

US House Passes Bill Giving Pot Businesses Access To Banking

Sep 27, 2019
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The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would grant legal marijuana businesses access to banking, a measure that would clear up a longstanding headache for the industry.

The bill, called the SAFE Banking Act, passed 321-103 on the strength of near-unanimous support from Democrats and nearly half of Republicans. Its prospects in the Senate are uncertain, but supporters said the amount of Republican support in the House was a good sign.

Air Time - Dec. 12, 2018

Dec 12, 2018

  This is Air Time, extended conversations with interesting people.

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Filoha Meadows Nature Preserve is tucked between steep mountain cliffs and the Crystal River; the open space is a flat expanse of wetlands. On a recent brisk fall morning, plant ecologists Rea Orthner and Denise Wilson lead the way across the swampy meadow. We’re here because of the stream orchid, which blooms in penny-sized flowers in mid-summer.

Valley Round Up: Aug. 17, 2018

Aug 20, 2018

This week: Years after marijuana is legalized in Colorado, it may soon be sold in Snowmass Village, residents react to the pot prospect and consider an additional tax on the drug.

This week, host Alycin Bektesh is joined in the studio by Aspen Times reporter Rick Carroll and Aspen Public Radio’s Wyatt Orme. She also checks in with Aspen Daily News Columnist Mick Ireland.

Marci Krivonen

  The Town of Snowmass Village currently does not allow business licenses for the sale of marijuana.

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The defendant accused of illegally growing marijuana on U.S. Forest Service land near Carbondale made his first court appearance Wednesday.

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Last week, federal officials discovered a major marijuana grow operation in the White River National Forest south of Carbondale and made one arrest.

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On Thursday morning, authorities busted a pot growing operation in the White River National Forest, 16 miles south of Carbondale. The five-acre site contained 2,700 plants; authorities made one arrest.

Valley Roundup, Sept. 15, 2017

Sep 15, 2017

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Joining me on Valley Roundup this week are Aspen Daily News columnist Mick Ireland and editor Curtis Wackerle, along with Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent.

Rifle’s unofficial election results are in

Sep 13, 2017
Marci Krivonen

On Tuesday, residents of Rifle voted on new council members and retail pot questions.

Eagle County weighs its very own pot tax

Jul 17, 2017
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This is the first year counties in Colorado can collect sales tax on recreational marijuana.

The state of Colorado collected $180 million in taxes from legal marijuana sales in the 2016 fiscal year.

But could the well run dry?

As of July 1, 2017, Nevada is the eighth state to sell recreational marijuana -- and it won’t be the last. California, the sixth largest economy in the world, will start selling pot Jan. 1, 2018.

In Parachute on Thursday, April 20, traffic off one of the I-70 exits was wrapped around the block. The cars and trucks were in line to visit the country’s first drive-thru pot shop, the Tumbleweed Express Drive-Thru.

Neighborly disputes are nothing new. There’s the dog next door that poops on your lawn. The house that throws loud backyard parties. The guy down the block who always plows through the stop sign.

But in Colorado, the introduction of legal, home-grown marijuana has elevated tension among neighbors to a whole new level.

Because of gaps in the state constitutional amendments that legalized cultivation of the drug for recreational and medical purposes -- and in the ensuing rules that sought to regulate it further -- some rural pockets in Colorado are seeing large-scale cooperative marijuana grow operations sprout up with little oversight.

Glenwood voters to weigh pot tax

Mar 30, 2017
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On April 4, Glenwood voters will elect new city council members. They’ll also decide whether to tax their pot sales.

Recreational marijuana clubs, also called social lounges, are allowed in some Colorado communities, but state law is murky on whether or not their existence is legal and how they should be regulated. Two proposals currently moving through the legislature aim to add clarity by requiring either voters or local governments to approve the clubs.

Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland sat down with Kristen Wyatt with the Associated Press and Luke Perkins with the Durango Herald to discuss the details.

Valley Roundup, Feb. 24, 2017

Feb 24, 2017

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A manhunt for two fugitives who are accused of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint in Carbondale ended peacefully with their arrests this week. But the nearly two-day search had many valley residents on edge.

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, Aspen Daily News Editor Curtis Wackerle and Aspen Times reporter Scott Condon. I speak with them first about the manhunt in Basalt.

Valley Roundup, Feb. 3, 2017

Feb 3, 2017

Welcome to a Valley Roundup.

The Aspen community lost a veteran newspaper columnist this week. Su Lum embodied watchdog journalism and never held back. Her co-workers and loyal readers remember her as a no-nonsense Aspen icon.

Longtime Aspen Times columnist Su Lum, known for acerbic wit, dies at age 80

Edible pot industry too young to regulate

Oct 23, 2016

 This spring, the Pitkin County Commissioners granted a license for a marijuana-infused jerky producer in the Aspen Airport Business Center. But they weren’t happy about it.

Valley Roundup for Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

Sep 30, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Valley Roundup for Sept. 2, 2016

Sep 2, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Valley Roundup for Morning Edition, Sept. 2, 2016

Sep 2, 2016
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Pitkin County commissioners are considering a ban on marijuana edibles but some officials think it isn’t a problem. Joining news director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Jeanne McGovern, editor of the Aspen Times Weekly, Chad Abraham, reporter for the Aspen Daily News, Andy Stone, columnist for the Aspen Times and Randy Essex, publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent.

You can hear more of the conversation which includes on Valley Roundup at 3:30 p.m. today.

 

Elise Thatcher

Basalt may look at allowing marijuana businesses in a few more locations around town, after officials tightened up restrictions last summer.

 

Carolyn Sackariason

On Wednesday, Carbondale Trustees will hear about new data on students and drug use, after the town government helped fund a survey.

Valley Roundup for June 10, 2016

Jun 10, 2016
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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me this week on Valley Roundup are Jill Beathard, outgoing editor of the Snowmass Sun, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News and Gavin Dahl, the new news director at KDNK community radio.

The Aspen City Council’s decision to scrap plans to put for-profit businesses in the old powerhouse has many layers of politics in play.

Mountain Edition - May 12th, 2016

May 12, 2016

On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Elise Thatcher present a compilation of the week’s news.

 

Topics include:

- The end of the Colorado legislative session

- The future of Aspen’s free-market residential development

- A changing of the guard in Carbondale

- Edible marijuana manufacturing

Infused Jerky coming to the ABC

May 10, 2016

The Pitkin County Commissioners Tuesday reviewed the application for the Cannabis Queen to become the first edible marijuana manufacturer in the county.

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Carbondale officials have been grappling with a concentration of marijuana businesses just off Highway 133. As Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports, Carbondale trustees will soon consider specific ways to beef up pot regulations.

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