ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Pitkin County has approved licensing for medical marijuana businesses despite concerns over federal enforcement.
The system is modeled after Boulder County, where the county manager has the authority to approve or deny license applications. Pitkin County commissioners would only hold hearings on permitting a business when the license is up for renewal, and only if the county had received complaints about the operation.
According to the Aspen Daily News (http://bit.ly/OyeYch ), the new rules grandfather in existing businesses. Colorado voters have approved medical marijuana dispensaries, but the federal government has refused to recognize state law and continues to enforce federal laws banning it.
Information from: Aspen Daily News, http://www.aspendailynews.com