The license allowing High Valley Farms to grow marijuana near Basalt comes up for renewal on Sept. 23 in a hearing with Pitkin County commissioners. (Aspen Times file)

Colorado grow facility proposes odor investigator as license hearing looms

ASPEN — The owners of a midvalley marijuana greenhouse complex are proposing that an independent third party be appointed to investigate any complaints about odors wafting off its site near Basalt.

High Valley Farms suggested to Pitkin County that a third party could routinely monitor the air for marijuana odor at the greenhouse complex’s property line along Highway 82. High Valley Farms owners Jordan Lewis and Mike Woods agreed to pay for the time required for a county employee or a contractor to monitor the air once a day Monday through Friday.

If a marijuana odor is detected, the third party will try to determine if it is coming from the greenhouse complex. If it is, High Valley Farms will be notified and required to take immediate corrective actions, the proposal to the county said.

The facility’s license, which is up for renewal, is in jeopardy because of ongoing odor issues since the greenhouses opened in March. There will be a hearing with county commissioners Wednesday at noon in the Aspen City Council Chambers. A change of venue was scheduled to accommodate the anticipated audience.

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