A Denver-area woman wants to manufacture "Ganja Gum” at a kitchen facility at the Aspen Business Center. (Courtesy photo via The Aspen Times)

‘Ganja Gum’ could soon be made in Aspen for Colorado pot shops

ASPEN — Marijuana-infused bubblegum could become the newest cannabis-related product manufactured in Aspen if Pitkin County commissioners approve a Denver woman’s business plan today.

Commissioners are scheduled to hold a public hearing on the application today during their regular meeting, which begins at noon. If they give their thumbs-up, Diane Van Os, co-owner of the business, said she hopes to be open and producing “Ganja Gum” within a month.

“It’s something new to the market,” Van Os said in a recent interview. “It’s really, really good. It tastes and smells just like bubblegum. “You can barely taste the cannabis.”

Van Os, a Denver-area patent attorney, said a friend of hers came up with the bubblegum recipe when the woman’s father was going through cancer treatment and marijuana soothed the side effects. The woman’s father didn’t like smoking marijuana and found that edibles were too strong because they came on all at once, she said.

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