The High Valley Farms 25,000 square foot greenhouse complex near Basalt. (Michael McLaughlin, The Aspen Times)

Marijuana greenhouse near Basalt, 20,000 sq. feet, gets official OK

It’s been almost 10 months since Silverpeak Apothecary first broke ground to build a series of greenhouses near Basalt. The project, which should be completed sometime this fall, was pushed forward by Silverpeak owner Jordan Lewis and his staff despite the fact that they hadn’t garnered cultivation licenses from the state or county for the 20,000 square feet of grow space.

On Wednesday at a Pitkin County commissioners meeting, Lewis finally gained approval to receive county cultivation licenses from the commissioners to grow both medical and recreational pot at the facility.

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The approval for the marijuana greenhouse came under the condition that those licenses would not be issued until Lewis receives his state cultivation licenses, which the county confirmed had been approved already and were on the way to Lewis.

“We’re hoping to finish the core-level construction in the next several weeks,” Lewis said. “Hopefully, once we get our certificate of occupancy, we can get plants in there and get this thing going. We’re hoping to get that in the next few weeks.”

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