Pitkin County denied an application by an Aspen-area woman who wants to make marijuana edibles. (Denver Post file)

Aspen marijuana edibles business license denied by Pitkin County

Pitkin County commissioners concerned pot products made at Aspen Business Center will be confused with 'a piece of candy'

ASPEN — Pitkin County commissioners on Wednesday denied a local woman’s application to open a kitchen at the Aspen Business Center that would have manufactured marijuana-infused edibles.

“The (marijuana) legalization train left the station at a good clip, and I’m not sure our communities have caught up,” said Commissioner Rachel Richards. “The messaging is this isn’t a drug. This isn’t serious. It’s just a piece of candy.”

And that message – which Richards said was driven home by a 90-minute discussion commissioners had last week about marijuana edibles with Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo, county staff members and officials from valley public health, anti-drug and youth organizations – is the wrong one to send to the community’s children.

“Nobody puts a bottle of hard alcohol in a Halloween basket,” Richards said. “Things that look like candy, smell like candy and taste like candy are too dangerous to my mind.”

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