A standing-room-only crowd fills the basement of Aspen City Hall on Sept. 23, 2015, where Pitkin County commissioners weighed the fate of High Valley Farms, a marijuana growing facility near Basalt. Commissioners voted 4-1 to renew its two licenses. (Jeremy Wallace, The Aspen Times)

Colorado grow facility stays in business amid dank drama

Updated Sept. 24, 2015 at 10:56 a.m.

ASPEN — Jordan Lewis said he was “literally betting the farm” on his pot-growing facility near Basalt. The gamble paid off — for the time being at least.

Pitkin County commissioners voted 4-1 Wednesday to renew separate, one-year licenses for High Valley Farms, which is co-owned by Lewis and is the cannabis supplier to Silverpeak Apothecary in Aspen and other marijuana dispensaries in Colorado.

The approval comes with conditions that relate to the farm’s skunk-like pot smell that compelled nearby residents to urge commissioners to revoke the licenses.

Commissioners cautioned Lewis and his associates that they can revoke or suspend the licenses for the entire facility, or portions of it, with just 10 days notice if the stenches persist.

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