A woman spotted my 2-year-old daughter and me entering the
Port-O-Potty she'd just left at the Journey concert in Snowmass on
Sunday night and warned me, "You'd better not take your little girl in
"Oh, mercy," I thought, shuddering to imagine what she was implying,
and knowing full well that each time I enter a public outhouse, it's a
voyage into the unknown.
"It smells like pot. But it wasn't me," she said and sauntered
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[name redacted] Pleads Guilty To Reduced Charges
ASPEN - An Aspen man arrested in December on drug-possession and
drunken-driving charges told a judge Monday that he regards the
incident as a "life changing" moment.
[name redacted], 45, also said he plans to stay "clean and sober" and
work on rebuilding the trust he had established as a community
volunteer and teacher at Aspen Middle School.
"I just want to apologize to everybody affected by my poor decisions,"
[name redacted] said.
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ASPEN -- A Woody Creek writer could have to show he was acting in the
capacity as a media member if he wants to avoid testifying before a
grand jury later this month.
Members of the Drug Enforcement Administration issued Michael Cleverly
a court subpoena Tuesday at his home. He is due to appear in front of
a federal grand jury on July 25 as part of a witness-tampering
investigation, launched after an Aspen Times article reported on an
email that had been circulating with the photo of an alleged
confidential source who provided integral information to the DEA's
probe into a drug ring believed to have spanned between Los Angeles
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ASPEN -- A judge on Monday rejected a 23-year-old man's plea to use
marijuana for medicinal purposes while he serves probation for a
drug-related conviction in Aspen.
Nathan Benner's attorney, Joseph Saint-Veltri of Denver, had argued
that he should be able to take marijuana to help him cope with his
ongoing shoulder pain.
Saint-Veltri pointed to Colorado's Amendment 20, passed by voters in
2000, which allows the use of medicinal marijuana. He said marijuana
is a healthier, less addictive choice for Benner to deal with his
shoulder pain than opiates, which a physician has also recommended for
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The separation of bank and dank is now complete.
Alpine Bank's lawsuit against Alpine Dank and its founder was quietly
dismissed last month in the U.S. District Court of Denver. The
dismissal comes after the Glenwood Springs-based bank, which has
locations throughout the Western Slope, sued Alpine Dank and Jeffrey
Lessard for trademark violation and other federal claims, alleging the
marijuana dispensary had created confusion in the marketplace.
"I think they just recognized it was futile to try and do anything
against a registered trademark," said Bob Young, chairman of Alpine
Banks, on Wednesday. "We didn't want to be identified closely with a
medical-marijuana shop and they [Alpine Dank and Lessard] didn't feel
like pursuing it and elected to go another way."
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ASPEN - The seemingly fragile relationship between the U.S. Drug
Enforcement Agency (DEA) and local-law enforcement departments was
addressed in a private meeting Wednesday in the office of Pitkin
County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo, with little headway being made.
A special agent with the DEA, along with DiSalvo and Aspen Police
Chief Richard Pryor, said they failed to find any common ground, other
than re-affirming that their long-standing drug-enforcement
philosophies are starkly opposed. In other words, the next time the
DEA penetrates Pitkin County to make an arrest, the Sheriff's Office
likely won't be called on to help because the federal agency doesn't
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Bank Says Pot Shop Has Sullied Its Name.
ASPEN -- Alpine Banks might be in the business of dealing green, but
not the kind sold by Alpine Dank.
And that's why the Glenwood Springs-based financial institution, which
runs banks throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and Western Slope, wants
to snuff out the Alpine Dank name.
On Friday, Alpine Banks of Colorado filed a lawsuit in Denver federal
court against Alpine Dank and its founder, Jeffery Lessard of Basalt
and Telluride. Alpine Banks claims that Lessard has created confusion
in the marketplace with the Alpine Dank name, and seeks a court
injunction to stop Lessard from using the marijuana-inspired moniker.
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ASPEN -- A judge ruled Monday that a local man convicted of a felony
drug charge cannot use marijuana for medicinal purposes, although he
has a state registry card allowing him to do so.
Judge James Boyd took up the topic during a sentencing hearing in
Pitkin County District Court in Aspen for Keith Timothy Pfeiffer, who
pleaded guilty Feb. 8 to attempted distribution of cocaine.
Boyd said the issue is a "troubling one for the court," and his
remark and ruling come at a time when judges across Colorado are
grappling with the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws.
An amendment to the state constitution permits marijuana to be used
for certain medical purposes.
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Jose Rodriguez's solution to the pot problem fails to address several
issues. ("High time to legalize it," Feb. 20.) The solution to drug abuse
will not come as a result of legalizing pot or any other drug. The culture
we are in must first be changed to reject drug abuse. We have made major
inroads into stemming tobacco use. Those programs will be for naught if we
attempt to legalize pot.
Coddling addicts and implementing harm reduction programs will only
perpetuate the problem. If we want to get serious about stopping drug
abuse, we must consider solutions offered by other countries. Executing
pushers and caning users may seem draconian but it has virtually eliminated
drug abuse in Singapore and the associated costs caused by addicts preying
on the public. Their policing costs are a fraction of ours and they spend
much more on treatment programs than we do and with better results.
(We don't even execute murderers!)