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Elise Thatcher

  Four males are suspected of carrying out-- or helping with-- Monday’s armed robbery at a Carbondale marijuana dispensary.  On Tuesday, a judge doubled bond for two of men to $200,000 each. One is recently from Brooklyn, New York, and the other from Palm Springs, California.

In an effort to monitor smell at a marijuana greenhouse near Basalt, Pitkin County has hired an “odor ranger.” He’s been tracking pot aroma for more than a month. It’s an attempt at taming one aspect of a new industry. But, few rules exist in Colorado around smell and marijuana. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

It’s mid-day along Highway 82. Ryan Randolph looks both ways and runs across the busy road. He’s in front of High Valley Farms.

Carbondale Police Department

Three men and a juvenile are facing multiple felony charges after holding up a Carbondale marijuana store yesterday. The charges are felonies for aggravated robbery of a controlled substance and complacency to commit aggravated robbery of a controlled substance. There’s also a class one misdemeanor of false imprisonment.

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Perhaps not surprisingly, the City of Aspen’s economy was driven by marijuana, booze and construction sales in September. 

Those categories were the drivers of a 15 percent increase in overall retail sales compared to the same month in 2014, according to a city report. Sales of sports equipment and clothing also saw a jump. One category did see a decline in September: miscellaneous sales. That includes sectors like health/beauty and banks/finance.

Local tax and spending issues, as well as city council and mayoral races largely dominate Colorado's 2015 election. There is only one statewide question, which asks voters whether the state can keep marijuana tax money it's already collected to pay for school construction, law enforcement and other programs.

If that's a question that sounds familiar – that's because it is. Proposition BB will actually be the third time Colorado voters have weighed in on taxing marijuana.

Valley Roundup - October 16, 2015

Oct 16, 2015

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Joining me are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent and Jill Beathard, editor of the Snowmass Sun.

Strong feelings about immigration and the local Latino population continue to be vocalized on the opinion pages of the Glenwood Post Independent.

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After the screening of Rolling Papers during the 2015 Aspen Film Fest, Aspen Film artistic director Maggie Mackay led a panel discussion with the film's director Mitch Dickman, The Cannabist’s Jake Brown, Aspen City Councilman Adam Frisch, and Kyle Vetter, manager of Native Roots Dispensary in Aspen.

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A marijuana grow facility near Basalt will continue to operate. The Pitkin County Commissioners Wednesday (9/24) did not cancel a pair of licenses for High Valley Farms.

Imagine a city with hundreds of liquor stores but no bars to drink in. That's the situation for marijuana in Denver.

Pot is legal in Colorado, but the capital city has outlawed pot bars like those in Amsterdam, leaving the tourists who flock to Denver to get high with no legal place to do so. But the city is trying to find a solution.

On a recent Friday afternoon at LoDo Wellness Center, a recreational pot store downtown, budtender Delaney Mason is talking up a Parmesan-scented marijuana strain called Space Queen.

Mountain Edition - September 17, 2015

Sep 17, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Most consumers didn’t even know there was a discount on recreational marijuana yesterday.

High Valley Farms

One week ahead of a decision on whether to renew a license for a marijuana grow operation, the Pitkin County commissioners visited High Valley Farms.

Elise Thatcher

  The Town of Carbondale and a marijuana testing lab are asking the state for help. They want Colorado to crack down on a testing requirement for retail marijuana. Carbondale-based GreenHill Laboratories made headlines earlier this year when it decided to test marijuana for microbial contaminants. The state started requiring such testing earlier this year, so owner Hilary Glass and her colleague Jessica Olson opened up the lab, the first of it’s kind on the Western Slope.

Residents  in the Holland Hills neighborhood are angry about the pot odor they say comes from greenhouses at High Valley Farms off Highway 82 near Basalt. The smell has been a problem for residents since the operation opened months ago.

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  Glenwood City Council is looking at making marijuana stores and other related operations harder to open. Officials are considering adding the planning commission as another review for new retail and medical stores. That would also apply to manufacturing and testing pot products.

Gov. Hickenlooper supports Obama's Climate Action Plan

Aug 10, 2015
Marci Krivonen

A discussion at the Aspen Institute Monday (8/10) featuring Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper touched on a range of issues: foreign policy, teen pregnancy, marijuana and climate change. 

On climate change, Hickenlooper says it’s important to have clean air at high altitude. He supports President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and intends to enact it in Colorado.

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  Update Thursday July 30, 1:53pm

The man suspected of robbing a pot store in Aspen was arrested in Missouri after a high speed chase that involved a head on collision with a police officer’s patrol car.

Hayden May, 21 of Aspen, is also suspected of stealing a firearm on Wednesday before he fled Colorado in a black, 2007 Chevy Tahoe, believed to be stolen from his former employer.

  An Aspen retail marijuana shop was robbed on Tuesday. As of that night, the man is still at large. At 12:30pm Tuesday, a twenty something year old man stole marijuana from a store downtown called Stash. Owner Garrett Patrick calculates more than 400 grams were stolen, but declines to say what the value is.

Marci Krivonen

  Basalt’s Town Council is considering changes to its marijuana regulations to make then more similar to alcohol rules. Elected officials may allow medical and recreational pot shops to be open on Sundays and extend operating hours.

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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."

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