Aspen won’t have recreational marijuana stores by Jan. 1

Those looking to buy recreational marijuana in Aspen on Jan. 1 won’t find it. In fact, it could be weeks into the new year before the first shops begin selling recreationally.

That’s because none of the six potential recreational stores has submitted its local marijuana application, which is due by Dec. 15. Even if that deadline is met, the Local License Authority will not be able to entertain any applications until Jan. 7, during its next scheduled meeting. It will then have 90 days to approve or deny applicants.

Assistant City Attorney Debbie Quinn wouldn’t say what a realistic date is for when Aspen can expect to see recreational pot sales take place, but she said the city will do, within reason, whatever is possible to move the process along during the Christmas season.

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