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Marijuana rule-breaking after Amendment 64 not a problem at resorts, says ski industry group

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In a post about the first meeting of the Denver City Council's recreational marijuana committee, chairman Charlie Brown shared anecdotes he's heard about public pot smoking at ski areas since Amendment 64. But a spokeswoman for Colorado's ski industry says resorts have had virtually no problems with visitors who don't understand what A64 does and doesn't allow.

Earlier today, Brown, an opponent of Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over to possess and use small amounts of marijuana but forbids public consumption, shared his concerns about the measure's possible impact on the state's reputation.

"I've been hearing reports from the ski industry, for example, that you can smell marijuana on the ski lifts, which is frankly against the law," he told us. "That brings up the question of enforcement, and what we can do to negate the image of skiing stoned in Colorado. I don't think that's an image we want for this industry or for this state."

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A map showing Colorado Ski Country USA resorts.
Jennifer Rudolph, spokeswoman for Colorado Ski Country USA, an industry group that represents 21 Colorado ski resorts, including Aspen Mountain, Crested Butte, Winter Park and Snowmass, tells a very different story. She notes that "as far as CSCUSA is aware, none of our resorts have had to deal with guests who are confused about Amendment 64."

Have resort managers and personnel been surprised at the absence of few weed-related difficulties?

"There were more questions than concerns when the amendment first passed," Rudolph says. "But Colorado has had legalized marijuana" -- of the medical variety -- "for years, with no discernible detriment to the resorts' guests. So it wasn't a complete unknown."

Rudolph attributes the lack of pot problems to "the fact that public use of marijuana is prohibited, and users should know that." As such, "resorts haven't seen any people going against that law, and they have policies in place that encourage people to obey the law. And they've had those policies before Amendment 64 passed."

Even so, Rudolph says resorts are "seeking clarity" about Amendment 64 in a broader sense. "They're prepared in case they need to enforce any sort of regulations and rules," she maintains, "but it would be good if clarity came sooner than later."

Just like more snow.

More from our Sports archive circa 2009: "Marijuana is still illegal at Breckenridge Ski Resort, dudes."


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45 comments
Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

UNCONSTITUTIONAL if tobacco or alcohol is allowed in public at ski areas! Can not allow one group and deny another!

Craighkw
Craighkw

I don't like skiing under the influence of anything.  There's something to be said for natural highs!

Joey Buhrer
Joey Buhrer

"Do you think they care?" Do think I care?

Linda Harmon
Linda Harmon

Like they weren't smoking pot at public ski areas before last November

Michelle Thornbro Schoen
Michelle Thornbro Schoen

What's the difference between smoking in public at a ski resort and smoking in public at the bus stop? I see no difference.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Funny how if you DON'T want it to be a problem, it's not a problem, but if you DO want it to be a problem, you can dig something up. This highlights the difference between the state and commerce. The state is about "NO" and commerce is about "YES." The worst trouble comes when you let the one screw with the other.

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

Yeah for like the past 20 years. Man have things changed lol

Mike Bailey
Mike Bailey

Isn't that what the gondola is for??

Kristen Louise
Kristen Louise

Yes, but even more shocking is out of town skiiers from Texas still wearing jeans on the mtn....

ccapra
ccapra

Wow a politician embellished a comment to make people believe something is larger than it is?  Who woulda thought....

Kevin McNeil
Kevin McNeil

I drove 70 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. I think state law was broken.

Alfredo Abad Jr.
Alfredo Abad Jr.

I guess regulated like alcohol doesn't mean legal like alcohol. someone start a petition for voting power, it's sure to make it to the ballot.

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

yeah, i am going to walk up to someone smoking...ask them if they are from out of state...then ask if they are smoking because they think it is legal. fucking westword...you are all idiots. you think a colorado based news source would know that everyone that hits the slopes have always lit up.

Justin Jones
Justin Jones

You know the news people are bored when they are asking questions like this. Duh! And how do you tell if someone on the lift in front of you is from out of state?

Justin Jones
Justin Jones

Ski lifts have always been safe havens for getting baked!

Josh Moore
Josh Moore

People have been smoking weed on ski lifts since they were invented. The only reason it's being brought up is because of amendment 64 and no other news to report. Might as well blow this all out of proportion just like the media does to everything.

Stephan Reuchlein
Stephan Reuchlein

This is exactly what I thought would happen. With the lack of infrastructure people are going to come here for that rocky mountain high not knowing the law.

Megan Haenny
Megan Haenny

Yeah, nothing new people. Been happening for years. Will continue to regardless of 64.

Marissa Bentley
Marissa Bentley

So what? They are stimulating the economy...Regardless of where they inhale it it is before some great sex party...

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Wayne, I was lead to believe by the proponents and the Westword that this was full legalization and all of our problems were going to be solved.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Now why the fuck would people think it's legal under A64 Westword and the proponents clearly said, to call it legalization or regulation in a manner similar to alcohol would be confusing and misleading to the voters. Oh Wait no you didn't the proponents and the Westword called it regulation like alcohol.

Wayne Lee DeNucci
Wayne Lee DeNucci

People dont understand the new law....Its ONLY legal to have possesion of cannabis. CANT smoke in public , CANT buy it ..

Bill Knox
Bill Knox

Yeah, but it's nothing new ...been seeing that for years -- no biggie

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 Stoners have NO respect for The Law ... no matter how liberal it is, they will break it.


CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Good job Michael you are a boon to the journalistic profession. Keep it up this in News you are a journalist do let the detractors tell you other wise. How would we know that people smoke on chairlifts. God bless you Michael Roberts and the Westword you guys are the brass ring of journalism this story has Pulitzer written all over it. Please keep this up this is great no one wants to hear about the governments dealings, just the fun stuff!!! Yeah!!

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Craighkw Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Craig. Much appreciated.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident  ... you mean unregulated "Free Market" commerce that creates both the disease and the cure ... for financial gain?


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Aaron LeForce This skiing with pot thing is counter-intuitive to me, but I'll take your word for it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@CoreyDonahue  ... put down the margarita pitcher and try writing for coherence ... just once, without any grammatical or spelling errors.

You can do it!


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay You show me an "unregulated free market" on this planet. There is no such thing, because there is no place on this planet that isn't dominated by the monopoly force of the state.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

@DonkeyHotay @CoreyDonahue English is a fluent language. You understood what i said, job done. Also good job! I like that you are memeing my cover photo, it makes me laugh every time. Keep up the good work!

ccapra
ccapra

@DonkeyHotay I'll give the last one a like because I like the word parsimonious.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ccapra ... so give me a Like you parsimonious punk.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

I don't know Rev usually they start a church or something.

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