Hunter S Thompson’s “Freak Power in the Rockies” is alive and well in Pitkin County Colorado. While Thompson may have lost his race for sheriff of Aspen Colorado, in 1970. Hunter’s number one campaign promise in his failed run for sheriff, seems somewhat prophetic in retrospect.
“The Legalization of drugs on a recreational basis (although profiteering drug dealers would be prosecuted harshly.)”
Now, a proposal by Jordan Lewis, the owner of a medical marijuana collective known as Silverpeak Apothecary in Thompson’s adopted hometown of Aspen, is eyeballing a prime chunk of land 16 miles northwest of town. If approved, Lewis would use a 4.7 acre parcel of land as the base of operations for a nearly 60,000 ft. marijuana greenhouse operation.
That square footage requires special permission from the county, called “flexibility for agricultural support.” The Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to consider the matter Aug. 28.
The site, presently owned by Jimmie and Jesse Caparrella, is unique in the county in that it fits Lewis’ budget and has water and utilities as well as the right solar and topographic characteristics for his unique agricultural project.
“We need good light exposure,” he said. “There are really not that many spots in the county where you have good light morning through evening. It’s also a flat piece of land.”
Though Lewis intends to grow marijuana, the M-word is not mentioned in his application to the county. And Lance Clarke, assistant director of the county’s Community Development Department, said the county is approaching the application like any other agricultural operation.
“This is the only application we have for a large greenhouse in Pitkin County,” Clarke said. “But there’s no assurance, if the approval is granted, that this will forever be for marijuana or that if it starts out as a marijuana-growing facility that it will stay that way.”
The fact of the marijuana does make the application unusual, and so does the size of the proposed development.
“We’ve never had anybody ask for this amount of flexibility for agricultural support,” Clarke said.
At this point, Clarke has fielded “a handful of inquiries” about new marijuana-growing facilities, but Lewis’ application is the only one of its kind. source:
A reality which is long past due…a state legal, licensed, and regulated pot farm could be the end destination of this long strange trip, first started by Dr. Thompson nearly 43 years ago – in response to Nixon’s war on drugs.