Press for Lauren Maytin


“Born and raised in southeastern Virginia, my family started bringing me, as a child, to Colorado in 1975. That exposure began my love affair with the mountains — and Aspen in particular. I moved to Colorado in 1989 to attend the University of Colorado, Boulder. After undergraduate school, I lived briefly in Crested Butte and enjoyed life as a skier. Later, I attended the University of Denver, College of Law.  From 1999 until 2002, I practiced as a Colorado Deputy State Public Defender, working throughout the state. I moved to New York for a short time, and then Aspen, delving into complex, mass tort litigation, which focused on illnesses caused by asbestos, for a large NY-based law firm, and began taking on criminal cases again for my own boutique firm.  I am a lifetime member of NORML and was the John Flowers Mark NORML Scholarship winner in 2001.  I have committed my life to representing those accused of a crime, people in need of an attorney well versed in the constitution. My practice focuses primarily on criminal defense work and Colorado’s Marijuana Laws,Regulations and Ordinances.  I am on the Board of Directors for Colorado NORML, and serve on the Colorado Bar Association’s Ethics Committee.  I am an active member of the NLC, CCDB, CBA.  ”



Lauren Maytin at Hunter S. Thompson’s home

*  Lauren Maytin discusses Pitkin County marijuana rules in Aspen Daily News article.

* Aspen Times article and  Aspen Daily News article about Pitkin County licensing medical marijuana businesses.

* Article in The Aspen Times on possible federal crackdown on Aspen dispensaries

* Aspen Daily News article about Pitkin County’s closed-door meeting on medical marijuana regulations.

* Aspen Public Radio on CO marijuana legalization drive (follows the cantaloupe story).

* Profile by on Lauren Maytin.

* Letter to the Editor: Maytin Fights for Clients.

* Article on Garfield County moratorium.

* Aspen Times on NORML fundraiser.

* Will too many pot dispensaries saturate the market?

Lauren Matyin speaking at a panel at the 2011 National NORML Conference in Denver, CO.

Lauren Maytin surveying the 2011 4/20 rally in Denver, CO.


NORML fundraiser riding high on the crown

ASPEN – The timing couldn’t be better for a medical marijuana fundraiser being held today as thousands of pot smokers will be in Aspen for what’s being dubbed the “Western Slope Cannabis Crown.” Held from…
Published: April 17, 2010

Letter: Legal troubles were over

It was with a heavy heart that I read your article on William Graham’s legal struggles on Tuesday. Without a doubt, the article was unnecessary and insensitive. It is apparent that the writer did not…
Published: June 11, 2015

Aspen attorney cries foul over Pitkin County’s medical marijuana resolution

The confirmatory reading of an emergency resolution amending Pitkin County’s medical marijuana licensing regulations led to some harsh words directed at elected officials on Wednesday. Attorney Lauren Maytin questioned the validity of the Pitkin County…
Published: May 30, 2014

Release of Aspen officer’s file won’t be argued in court

ASPEN – An Aspen defense attorney’s bid to unseal a police officer’s personnel file was derailed Tuesday because of a plea agreement. Lawyer Lauren Maytin had filed a motion to release the personnel records of…
Published: February 10, 2010

Maytin fights for clients

Dear Editor: Read your article on the douche bag case and wanted to comment (“Lawyer at odds in douche bag case,” March 13, 2011, The Aspen Times). I have known Lauren Maytin for 18 Years,…
Published: March 16, 2011

Colorado repeat DUI offenders face more jail time

ASPEN – It used to be that a person arrested for driving under the influence in Colorado on a repeat offense could spend as few as six days in jail. But now, it’s different. In…
Published: May 28, 2010

Lawyers at odds in ‘douche bag’ case

ASPEN – After presiding over a heated hearing in Pitkin County Court last week pitting an Aspen defense lawyer against a deputy district attorney, a judge will decide whether a special prosecutor is needed in…
Published: March 13, 2011

Lawyer seeks closed hearing in Aspen drug case

ASPEN ” A defense attorney in a drug case said she wants an upcoming hearing closed to the public because potential statements could prevent her client from receiving a fair trial. Lauren Maytin of Aspen…
Published: April 23, 2009

One Love will look to settle, recoup items

One Love Aspen, a smoke shop that saw all of its cash and inventory seized Friday as a result of bad debt, will look to settle with a California supplier so that it can recoup…
Published: November 11, 2014

Vox Populi

If you knew then what you know now about the Burlingame affordable housing project, would you have voted the same?Brian NardoneAspenNo, because it is too expensive.Ken ToyAspenNo. I think the money was stolen. Whered the…
Published: July 23, 2008

Judge sentences final defendant from local cocaine busts

District Court Judge James Boyd on Thursday sentenced Jose de Jesus Velasco-Estrada to one year in jail for cocaine possession.Velasco-Estrada is the last of nine defendants of who faced charges in investigations stemming from the…
Published: September 21, 2006

High Country Q&A: Meet Lauren Maytin, Aspen’s resident cannabis crusader

While marijuana legalization has seen its most significant strides in the past five years, one longtime local has been fighting the good fight for far longer than most. Aspen-based criminal defense attorney Lauren Maytin began…
Published: May 30, 2019

Aspen to get an outlet for medical marijuana?

ASPEN ” Aspenites hoping to smoke their way to relieving pain or other symptoms of various ailments may soon be in luck, as a group of locals reportedly is working on setting up a medical…
Published: April 22, 2009

Vehicular homicide suspect appears with public defender

A public defender will represent a Marble woman accused of causing a fatal accident last week while allegedly driving drunk. Rebecca Wood, 23, appeared in court Monday wearing orange, jail-issue clothing. Her mother sat behind…
Published: June 19, 2006

Pitkin County approves marijuana rules

ASPEN – Licensing procedures for medical marijuana businesses in unincorporated Pitkin County won final approval Wednesday on a 2-1 vote by county commissioners. The measures have been the source of two split votes; they passed…
Published: June 28, 2012

Aspen attack results in prison time

ASPEN ” A district judge sentenced a local man Monday to 30 months in state prison in connection with three felony convictions. The sentencing of Kevin A. Gibson, 39, stemmed from a June 9 incident…
Published: March 18, 2008

Police seek suspect after court no-show

ASPEN ” A local man charged with breaking into two homes and assaulting several people last June ” who was expected to plead guilty in court on Dec. 14 ” now is wanted by police…
Published: December 14, 2007

Snowmass Village pot shop forms reviewed, OK’d after lengthy meeting; 11 vying for 1 shop in mall

Scrutiny of the new Snowmass Village applications for those interested in opening a retail marijuana store went on for more than two hours at this month’s licensing authority meeting, and the upshot is don’t expect…
Published: May 29, 2019

Snowmass Village pot shop forms reviewed, OK’d after lengthy meeting; 11 vying for 1 shop in mall

Scrutiny of the new Snowmass Village applications for those interested in opening a retail marijuana store went on for more than two hours at this month’s licensing authority meeting, and the upshot is don’t expect…
Published: May 29, 2019

Pitkin County adopts two emergency pot amendments

The Pitkin Board of County Commissioners adopted an emergency marijuana ordinance and emergency resolution to the county’s existing licensing regulations Tuesday at the request of several caucuses. The emergency ordinance concerns the Crystal River caucus,…
Published: May 8, 2014

Basalt’s newest pot shops aim for May 1 opening

Basalt’s newest marijuana purveyor aims to open shop on Midland Avenue on May 1. Jack Pease plans to open both a recreational marijuana operation and a medical marijuana operation at 174 Midland Ave. His plan…
Published: April 11, 2018

Has Aspen’s pot shops runneth over?

The number of marijuana shops in Aspen has reached the level at which Mayor Steve Skadron fears their “proliferation” is negatively shaping the city’s image and tainting its brand. Skadron called a City Council work…
Published: June 1, 2016

Glenwood extends moratorium on medical marijuana facilities

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – City Council on Thursday extended a moratorium on new medical marijuana facilities operating within city limits for another six months until July 1, 2011. The move came as council members continued to…
Published: November 20, 2010

Have Aspen’s pot shops runneth over?

The number of marijuana shops in Aspen has reached the level that Mayor Steve Skadron fears their “proliferation” is negatively shaping the city’s image and tainting its brand. Skadron called a City Council work session…
Published: June 29, 2016

Island brides

While Aspen is a hotspot for weddings, another alluring alternative is to marry by the water’s edge. Several local brides had their special ceremonies over the past few seasons either ocean or lakeside, both indoors…
Published: August 31, 2006

New Garfield County pot-growing regs no guarantee

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Medical marijuana growing operations in Garfield County that supply dispensaries outside the county could be grandfathered in under new regulations adopted by county commissioners on Monday. But no guarantees. The Garfield Board…
Published: June 19, 2012

DA: Aspen hearing shouldn’t be closed to public

ASPEN ” An attempt by a defense attorney to ban the public and media from a hearing in an Aspen drug case flies in the face of the First Amendment and should not be allowed,…
Published: May 4, 2009

Alleged pot grower to stand trial

A 37-year-old Crystal River Valley man will stand trial on charges of growing and distributing marijuana, manufacturing marijuana concentrate and child abuse, a District Court judge decided Tuesday. Richard Fanguy was arrested after Pitkin County…
Published: June 29, 2016

Americas Most Wanted suspect set free

Ronald Young, whom police apprehended after “America’s Most Wanted” aired an Aspen case involving him, went free Monday.Ninth Judicial District Judge James Boyd dismissed felony forgery charges against Young, saying the prosecutor’s case was based…
Published: December 4, 2006

Pot passes: Snowmass council OKs marijuana ordinance, rules in 3-2 vote

Snowmass Village is one step closer to legalizing marijuana sales. After a limbo period of more than five-and-a-half years, Town Council on Monday passed an ordinance allowing pot shops after its moratorium on marijuana sales…
Published: March 20, 2019

Marijuana council, hospitality industry talk Aspen’s pot issues

Even though recreational marijuana has been available in Aspen for more than five months, many hotel and condominium owners are still confused on where visitors can smoke pot. That was one of several concerns brought…
Published: February 17, 2015

Basalt eases up on medical pot rules

The Basalt Town Council decided to chill out when it came to finalizing regulations on medical marijuana operations Tuesday night. The council voted 6-0 to approve a second and final reading of an ordinance that…
Published: March 19, 2014

Aspen makes way for recreational marijuana

The Aspen City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation that will make way for the sale of recreational marijuana in town. Colorado’s prohibition rate on the issue is 53 percent, with 77 municipalities voting “no”…
Published: October 17, 2013

Trying to make sense of it all

Dear Editor: Every once in awhile, something appears in our local newspapers that gives me a slight desire to go back on the air. So, I thought I’d share, in respect to the following: Skico…
Published: January 8, 2010

Garfield County looks to extend pot moratorium

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – Local medical marijuana businesses are preparing to resist the Garfield County commissioners’ decision to extend a moratorium on cultivation operations in the unincorporated parts of the county. Dan and Cheryl Sullivan,…
Published: May 7, 2011

Marijuana shop(s) cited for selling to minors

State authorities cited two Aspen marijuana dispensaries earlier this week for selling pot to a minor, sources said Thursday. None of those sources, however, was the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division, which said…
Published: May 26, 2016

Logging onto Match-dot-wrong

ASPEN A Texas man with a home in Aspen faces assault and domestic violence charges after an Internet date allegedly ended in an scrap at the Hunter Creek trailhead in August 2007.John Kirk Mitchell, 51,…
Published: August 11, 2008

Aspen NORML conference addresses trademarking marijuana

The federal government is hypocritical in its handling of submissions for cannabis-company patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights, an attorney argued at the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws conference in Aspen on…
Published: June 3, 2014

Local man pleads guilty in Aspen assault

ASPEN ” A local man pleaded guilty Monday to breaking into a North Forty home and assaulting an ex-girlfriend in June. Kevin A. Gibson, 39, faces up to five years in jail and fines up…
Published: December 18, 2007

Marijuana dispensaries brace for crackdown

ASPEN – Area medical marijuana providers admit they’re a bit unnerved by last week’s reports that federal authorities may crack down on the industry in Colorado next year, but operators say they’re striving to strictly…
Published: December 19, 2011

Would marijuana clubs tarnish the Aspen brand?

One concern Aspen’s Community Development Department has with the possibility of private marijuana clubs opening is the exposure it could bring to the town’s national and international profile. Mayor Steve Skadron — who plans to…
Published: July 25, 2014

Legalizing pot: What if it’s not just medicine?

ASPEN – While Colorado voters mull the outright legalization of marijuana when they head to the polls next week, some local business owners are taking a particularly keen interest in the ramifications of Amendment 64….
Published: October 29, 2012

Aspen, Snowmass skiers win NASTAR titles

National champions. Crown these local folks and their teams the national champions — the NASTAR national champions. The Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships returned to Snowmass last week with more than 900 participants from all…
Published: April 8, 2014

Pitkin County pursues licensing for medical marijuana

ASPEN – Pitkin County will delve into the licensing of medical marijuana businesses within unincorporated areas of the county, commissioners informally decided Tuesday after a discussion with two representatives of the state’s Medical Marijuana Enforcement…
Published: January 18, 2012

Garfield County bans marijuana businesses

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Medical marijuana growers now operating in the unincorporated parts of Garfield County will not be able to expand into the recreational marijuana trade, under an ordinance passed by the county commissioners Monday….
Published: August 20, 2013

High Country: Gonzo lives on at NORML’s Aspen Legal Seminar

“I would like to welcome all of y’all to this fair town and village. It’s a pretty special place in many respects. It’s being taking over by the f—ing greedheads, but I will tell you…
Published: June 7, 2018

Garfield County sets deadline for medical marijuana regs

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Garfield Board of County Commissioners has set itself a June 18 deadline to approve land use regulations for medical marijuana growers in the county. The commissioners are required to approve zoning…
Published: June 5, 2012

Glenwood Springs lays groundwork for recreational pot businesses

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Honoring what it believes was a mandate from city voters last fall, Glenwood Springs City Council indicated Thursday night that it will allow regulated recreational marijuana businesses within city limits starting next…
Published: July 21, 2013

New state law to ‘de-felonize’ drug possession

Beginning March 1, a new law will “de-felonize” possession of user amounts of hard drugs such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines and make that crime a misdemeanor.
Published: October 5, 2019

Will too many pot dispensaries saturate the market?

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – No one seems to know how many medical marijuana dispensaries have opened in Colorado in recent years, although a frequently expressed estimate is that “a lot” of the centers are operating. And…
Published: October 30, 2009

Jail, probation for pot shop robber

A 22-year-old Aspen man who robbed an Aspen marijuana dispensary with a hammer last summer apologized to his victims Monday before he was sentenced. “I want to offer a sincere apology,” Hayden May said. “I…
Published: April 19, 2016

Glenwood declines to extend moratorium on pot businesses

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — City Council will not delay local medical marijuana businesses any further from being able to start selling pot to recreational users at the first of the year, as Amendment 64 provides. The…
Published: August 4, 2013

Aspenites ponder freedom on Independence Day

ASPEN – It’s July 4, a national holiday characterized by raucous celebrations, parades, picnics, fireworks and all kinds of play for adults and kids alike. Ideally, it’s also a day to reflect on our rights…
Published: July 1, 2010

Budding industry: Medical marijuana grows in ski country

ASPEN – In a tiny, windowless room outfitted with a combination keypad lock on the door, a patient mulls the potency of marijuana strains with names like Sour Diesel, Northern Light and AK-47. Sealed jars…
Published: September 4, 2009

Pitkin County real estate transactions

Week of June 25-29Seller: Michael Goldman, Amy SnyderBuyer: Jane Chase Wells, New York, N.Y.Property: Water View condo unit 103Price: $345,000Seller: Grand Aspen Lodging LLCBuyer: Maxime Island Trust, Queensland, AustraliaProperty: Hyatt Grand Aspen unit 11, fixed…
Published: January 17, 2007

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Bensimon: Costner laptop theft a ‘misunderstanding’

A local judge on Monday gave Pascal Bensimon, accused of stealing a $1,500 laptop computer from actor Kevin Costner, permission to travel between Aspen and Atlanta to work on his clients’ hair.But before he can…
Published: December 19, 2005

Drug bust cases weigh down public defenders

Eight of the men rounded up in the Dec. 2 raid on two venerable Aspen restaurants were in district court Monday, and their cases apparently have overwhelmed the local public defender’s office.The reason, said chief…
Published: December 19, 2005

Island brides

While Aspen is a hotspot for weddings, another alluring alternative is to marry by the water’s edge. Several local brides had their special ceremonies over the past few seasons either ocean or lakeside, both indoors…
Published: August 31, 2006

Music Fest ‘concerned’ about sex allegations

The Aspen Music Festival and School on Thursday reacted to news that a member of its faculty stands accused of making sexual advances toward and trying to buy alcohol for a student. “The Aspen Music…
Published: August 19, 2004

Judge will decide if charges against Music Festival teacher should stand

An Aspen Music Festival and School piano teacher accused of attempting to sexually assault a student was granted a preliminary hearing in Pitkin County District Court on Monday.William John Nauman, 42, is charged with criminal…
Published: September 13, 2004

A face every Aspen defendant can love

The hippie had a history of picking through garbage. And it just might have swayed the jurors when the young man was charged with killing dogs.This was the first jury trial of John Van Ness’…
Published: May 30, 2006



Snowmass Village to go down the pot road

  • Madeleine Osberger, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer
  • Jun 19, 2018

A split council agreed to explore regulatory scheme and excise tax question.


Basalt approves marijuana license transfer for new shop

  • By Andre Salvail, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer
  • Apr 11, 2018

 The owner of Basalt’s second recreational marijuana dispensary said Tuesday he plans to open May 1 in the Three Bears Building.

Impact of Trump’s election echoes around the valley

  • Nov 9, 2016

From immigration and public lands to legal marijuana, only one feeling persists: fear

City mulls cap as pot shop proliferation continues

  • By Chad Abraham
  • May 24, 2016

With seven cannabis dispensaries in Aspen, and another one or two that could open after getting the requisite licenses, City Council on Tuesday broached the subject of capping the total number that can operate here.

Man was illegally growing cannabis, authorities claim

  • By Chad Abraham
  • Oct 6, 2015

A Pitkin County man turned himself in Monday after deputies carrying out a search warrant at his house in August allegedly found 12 pounds of marijuana, cannabis concentrate and manufacturing equipment.

Aspen rings up $6.74 million in retail pot sales since May 2014

  • By Curtis Wackerle
  • Jul 10, 2015

City releases numbers singling out marijuana dispensary sales from liquor store sales

Aspen Times article was unnecessary, insensitive

  • Jun 11, 2015

(This letter was originally addressed: Aspen Times:)Editor:

Aspen head shop’s inventory seized due to debt

  • By Chad Abraham
  • Nov 8, 2014

An Aspen store that sells pipes, hookahs, bongs and the like had its inventory seized by the Pitkin County Sheriff

’s Office on Friday, the result of a debt owed to a vaporizer wholesaler.

Lawyer: ‘Highly unlikely’ ban on pot edibles becomes a reality

  • By Collin Szewczyk
  • Oct 24, 2014

State proposes limiting form of marijuana-infused productsThe chances of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) limiting the form of marijuana edibles to lozenges and tinctures would be

“highly unlikely,” according to Aspen attorney Lauren Maytin.

Hotels could allow pot if they saw fit

  • By Dorothy Atkins
  • Aug 13, 2014

Guests staying in Aspen hotels could be allowed to smoke marijuana in their rooms if the hotel had smoker-friendly units, but few if any local lodges do.

County adopts marijuana moratorium in caucus areas

  • By Chad Abraham
  • May 29, 2014

But commissioners carve out

exception for existing grow siteIn moves that hurt one marijuana business and helped another, Pitkin County commissioners Wednesday approved emergency measures that extend bans on the issuance of new licenses for retail and medical cannabis operations to new areas of the county. 

County ban on marijuana licenses widens

  • By Chad Abraham
  • May 7, 2014

Passage of emergency measure angers canna-businessman

 The Pitkin County commissioners on Tuesday passed two emergency measures that prohibit retail and medical marijuana operations in three caucus areas, angering a cannabis entrepreneur who contends officials are changing the rules on him at the last minute.   

Aspen medical pot shop needs new license from state

  • By Curtis Wackerle
  • May 7, 2014

Alternative Medical Solutions is shut down temporarily

    Aspen medical marijuana dispensary Alternative Medical Solutions (AMS) has been closed for about two weeks as owners of the business seek a new license from the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division.    

Pot seizure at airport highlights ‘gray’ area for law enforcement

  • By Chad Abraham
  • Jan 24, 2014

Agents with the Transportation Security Administration found 36 ounces of marijuana-infused edibles on Monday in a traveler

’s luggage at the Aspen airport.

After ban on pot, some growers are fleeing GarCo for greener pastures

  • By Nelson Harvey
  • Nov 10, 2013

Two medical marijuana growers located in unincorporated Garfield County are moving inside the Rifle city limits to escape a ban on recreational pot businesses passed by elected officials.

Voters deciding state and local tax questions

  • By Andrew Travers
  • Nov 1, 2013

Local and state tax questions on this fall

’s ballot will be decided Tuesday, and valley campaigns are nearing the finish line.Ballots can be returned through Tuesday in the mail-in election (see related story above).

City OKs rules for retail pot sales

  • By Andrew Travers
  • Oct 15, 2013

Retail sales of recreational marijuana are headed for Aspen, after the City Council voted unanimously for two related code amendments Tuesday regulating sale of the drug to people over 21.As many as eight retail pot shops, operating like liquor stores, could open in the new year under the new regulations. Clubs for smoking marijuana are not allowed under the new rules.

Retail marijuana outlets move closer to reality in valley

  • By Chad Abraham
  • Oct 14, 2013

People 21 and over in Aspen and Glenwood Springs seeking marijuana without a prescription are on track to be able to buy it at a retail outlet starting Jan. 1.

Garfield County bans recreational marijuana businesses

  • By Nelson Harvey
  • Aug 19, 2013

The Garfield County Commissioners say often that government regulation shouldn

’t impede economic development, but on Monday they made an exception to that rule for the recreational marijuana industry.

Marijuana DUI: Police face challenges in determining who is too high to drive

  • Mar 4, 2013

As state legislators consider adopting a new blood-level standard that would determine who is too high to drive, neither Aspen police nor the Pitkin County Sheriff

’s Office could specify whether they have issued any tickets for driving under the influence of marijuana.

PitCo high on legalizing weed

  • By Carolyn Sackariason
  • Nov 8, 2012

In the statewide Amendment 64 race, Pitkin County came in second only to Telluride

’s San Miguel County in casting the highest percentage of votes in favor of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults.

Pitkin County passes medical pot regulations

  • By Curtis Wackerle
  • Jun 28, 2012

Pitkin County now has a licensing regime in place to approve medical marijuana businesses, despite one commissioner

’s protests on Wednesday that having such a system required a leap in logic because of pot’s continued prohibition under federal law.

County considers marijuana licenses

  • By Andrew Travers
  • May 21, 2012

Pitkin County officials are considering new licensing regulations for medical marijuana operations that would allow the local businesses to continue running here.

 The county commissioners will discuss the regulations today. State marijuana authorities have asked for local ordinances to be passed by July 1. 

County to sign off on marijuana operations

  • By Andrew Travers
  • Jan 18, 2012

Pitkin County officials are changing course and beginning work on local licensing for medical marijuana facilities.

 The county commissioners had previously declined to take any official action regarding medical marijuana business, fearing federal prosecution. On Tuesday the commissioners told their staffers to begin drafting local marijuana licensing rules.

County to hold closed-door meeting on marijuana regs

  • By Andrew Travers
  • Dec 13, 2011

Pitkin County elected officials have scheduled a closed-door meeting with their attorney this afternoon to discuss Colorado

’s medical marijuana regulations.County officials have been silent on the issue since June, when the Pitkin Board of County Commissioners decided not to write any rules governing medical marijuana locally.

SkiCo returns to mandatory post-accident drug tests

  • By Dorothy Atkins
  • Nov 29, 2011

The Aspen Skiing Co. is returning to a mandatory drug-test policy for employees who are injured on the job, after four years of allowing supervisors to decide whether tests were necessary.The move could prove problematic for those who hold a state license allowing them to use marijuana for medical purposes.

Man arrested after using ‘F’ word too many times with police

  • By Carolyn Sackariason
  • Sep 30, 2011

A Snowmass man was arrested last month for apparently doing little more than using the

“F” word too many times in front of four Aspen police officers.Quincy Rouson, 32, was handcuffed and led to the Pitkin County Jail on Sept. 17. He was arrested for resisting and interfering with an officer.

Fearing prosecution, county drops proposed marijuana rules

  • By Andrew Travers
  • Jun 8, 2011

Spooked by federal threats against bureaucrats administering state-sanctioned medical marijuana programs, Pitkin County commissioners abruptly backed off rules regulating the local growth and sale of medicinal marijuana Wednesday.

 The county had spent the last year considering how, if at all, it should regulate the booming medical pot business here.  

‘Douche bag’ case at an impasse

  • By Chad Abraham
  • Feb 4, 2011

The attorney for an Aspen man who was arrested after allegedly calling two police officers

“douche bags” more than a year ago is at an impasse with the district attorney’s office.

New state regulations to 
hit dispensaries this year

  • By Dorothy M. Atkins
  • Jan 2, 2011

With Carbondale

’s recent decision to place a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries fresh in the minds of local policy makers, dispensary owners throughout the Roaring Fork Valley are bracing themselves for new regulations that have the potential to place more financial demands on their businesses.

Google privacy case, including 
Aspen suit, settles for $8.5 million

  • By Andrew Travers
  • Nov 4, 2010

Internet giant Google announced Thursday that it had reached an $8.5 million out of court settlement in a class-action suit filed on behalf of Gmail users by an Aspen attorney and a dozen others in the U.S.

Deadline prompts new dispensary applications

  • By Curtis Wackerle
  • Jul 1, 2010

Multiple parties seeking to enter the medical marijuana business in Aspen filed paperwork for sales tax licenses Wednesday in order to comply with a state deadline.State laws passed this spring by the Legislature place a moratorium on new dispensaries that aren

’t already established or don’t have an application in the pipeline before today.

Workplace drug tests for medical marijuana users a foggy area

  • By Curtis Wackerle
  • Apr 29, 2010

If a state-licensed medical marijuana patient tests positive for pot in a workplace drug test, but there is no indication that person was actually intoxicated on the job, can that person be fired?

Council appoints new election 

  • By Curtis Wackerle
  • Mar 23, 2010

The city of Aspen has an election commission again.Aspen City Council appointed Bob Leatherman, a Republican, and Ward Hauenstein, a political independent, to the body at Monday

’s meeting. Five total applicants have been interviewed since the last election commission was disbanded in November.

APD officer’s file to stay under wraps — for now

  • By Troy Hooper
  • Feb 10, 2010

It appears unlikely

— at least for now — that the Aspen Police Department will have to hand over a personnel file of a police officer who admitted to wearing her uniform off duty and attending the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day festival.

Leadville intends to put pot question on ballot

  • By Brent Gardner-Smith
  • Jan 21, 2010

Voters in Leadville will likely be given the chance to vote this fall on decriminalizing possession of an ounce or less of marijuana for private use by adults 21 years or older.And an attorney in Aspen is weighing whether to put a similar question in front of Aspen voters.

Officer admits to bad festival behavior

  • By Troy Hooper
  • Jan 7, 2010

A local attorney is questioning the credibility of an Aspen police officer who wore her uniform while off duty and attended the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day festival in September without paying for admission.

Things that make you go hmmm …

  • Jan 7, 2010

Editor:Every once in a while, something appears in our local newspapers that gives me a slight desire to go back on the air. So, I thought I

’d share, in respect to the following: Ski Company Fires Dan Sheridan

Cocaine charge nets Aspen man one year in prison

  • By Troy Hooper
  • Dec 22, 2009

An Aspen man was sentenced to one year in prison Monday for attempting to possess more than a gram of cocaine at a downtown bar.

Dispensaries prepare for more regulation

  • By Curtis Wackerle
  • Nov 10, 2009

With new developments in the world of state medical marijuana policy coming down almost daily, local dispensary owners had mixed reactions to the notion of the state trying to regulate them more tightly.

Pot shop sort of open in Aspen

  • By Andrew Travers
  • Aug 25, 2009

Marijuana was sold legally for the first time in Aspen on Monday, at a new downtown dispensary.

Aspen zoning allows pot dispensaries

  • Aug 21, 2009

Medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed anywhere in Aspen that allows an office, the city

’s top planning director said Thursday.The zoning interpretation came in response to at least two enterprises that have inquired where pot clinics could possibly open up in the city.

Coloradans ‘just say no’ to pot restrictions

  • By Troy Hooper
  • Jul 21, 2009


— Hundreds of marijuana smokers stood up at a Colorado Board of Health meeting Monday and dismantled the pothead image one stereotype at a time.

Thanks from CONORML

  • Apr 16, 2009


Police return medical marijuana to homeless man

  • By Andrew Travers
  • Apr 8, 2009

A four-day mini-saga concluded Tuesday afternoon, as the Aspen Police Department handed over a small amount of marijuana to a local homeless state-certified medical marijuana user. They had confiscated the drug from his backpack, which he misplaced over the weekend.

North Forty attacker going to prison

  • By Andrew Travers
  • Mar 18, 2008

A man convicted of two crimes related to a melee in the North Forty neighborhood will serve two-and-a-half years in prison.Kevin A. Gibson was handed a 30-month sentence for criminal trespass, nine months in county jail for third-degree assault and one year in prison for cocaine possession on Monday. All three terms will run concurrently.

Judge dismisses theft charges; murder suspect is free to go

  • By Curtis Wackerle
  • Dec 4, 2006

Boyd: Evidence not competentRonald Kelly Young, who appeared on “America’s Most Wanted” over suspicion of murder and was facing theft and forg…

PitCo judge to decide ex-fugitive’s fate

  • By Troy Hooper
  • Nov 28, 2006

Young a suspect in Arizona murder-for-hire plotWhether Ronald Kelly Young, a person of interest in a 1996 murder, will stand trial on theft an…

Aspen Daily News – Lauren Wolpin

Car-wash drug buyer receives probation

  • By Troy Hooper
  • Oct 26, 2006

One resident convicted in this fall’s valley-wide cocaine bust was sentenced to probation in Pitkin County District Court on Thursday while an…

Final drug bust defendant sentenced

  • By Rick Carroll
  • Sep 21, 2006

Jose de Jesus Velasco-Estrada, the final defendant from last December’s downtown drug raids to be sentenced, was issued a one-year stay in the…

Pascal slips in style points category

  • By Rick Carroll
  • Mar 1, 2006

His reputation maligned by allegations that he lifted actor Kevin Costner’s laptop and digital camera, Pascal Bensimon still has a business to…

Embattled hairdresser hires Mackey

  • By Troy Hooper
  • Jan 13, 2006

World-renowned coiffeur Pascal Bensimon dumped his Aspen attorney this week and replaced her with Pamela Mackey, the high-powered Denver lawye…

Hairdresser weaving a tangled web of stories

  • By Troy Hooper
  • Dec 25, 2005

An Aspen hairdresser accused of stealing Kevin Costner’s laptop publicly maintains his innocence, but there’s one problem: his written confess…

Hairstylist accused of stealing Costner laptop

  • By Troy Hooper
  • Dec 14, 2005

French hairstylist Pascal Bensimon turned himself in to sheriff’s deputies Monday, after a 14-month investigation implicated him in the theft …

Mackey working on plea in music teacher’s sex case

  • By Troy Hooper
  • Dec 2, 2004

High-powered attorney Pamela Mackey made her first formal appearance Monday as counsel for an Aspen Music Festival & School teacher accuse…

Mackey working on plea in music teacher’s sex case

  • By Troy Hooper
  • Dec 1, 2004

High-powered attorney Pamela Mackey made her first formal appearance Wednesday as counsel for an Aspen Music Festival & School teacher acc…

Music teacher’s sex case heats up

  • By Troy Hooper
  • Sep 28, 2004

High-powered attorney Pamela Mackey has agreed to defend an Aspen Music Festival & School teacher accused of baiting a teenage male studen…

Attorneys for music teacher seek details of accusations

  • By Troy Hooper
  • Aug 31, 2004

A hearing for an Aspen Music Festival and School teacher who police say attempted to sexually assault a piano student was continued Monday aft…

Music Festival teacher doubles defense team

  • By Rick Carroll
  • Jul 4, 2004

Renowned concert pianist and Aspen Music Festival and School teacher William John Nauman made his first court appearance Monday to face charge…

Attorney: Music Fest teacher denies guilt

  • By Rick Carroll
  • Jun 21, 2004

The Aspen Music Festival and School piano teacher who police believe made sexual advances toward a 17-year-old student has retained an Aspen a…


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