Marijuana enforcement at ski areas on federal land a priority, says Forest Service rep

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We recently reported about the controversy over an Arapahoe Basin executive announcing that skiers caught smoking marijuana in public at the resort could lose their lift ticket -- a warning that stirred plenty of controversy. But one important factor may not have been fully considered by those on either side of the issue: Arapahoe Basin, like most Colorado ski areas, is on federal land. Moreover, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman stresses that pot is illegal in such places -- and stopping its use remains a priority.

As we've reported, Arapahoe Basin was the first Colorado ski area to open for the 2013 ski season.

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Courtesy of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Facebook page
Opening day 2013 at Arapahoe Basin.
Shortly thereafter, A-Basin chief operating officer Al Henceroth wrote a blog post entitled "Marijuana." It reads:
For good or bad, Colorado is notorious for the passing of Amendment 64 legalizing limited marijuana usage. I recently saw Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly making fun of Coloradans on The Daily Show. A very important piece of the new law clearly states that marijuana usage in public is still illegal. A-Basin is a public place and you cannot smoke marijuana here.

Already I have kicked several people out of here and taken their ski passes for smoking in public. Those passes will be gone for a very long time. We will not hesitate to call the cops on this issue.

Marijuana smokers, please use your heads on this. You cannot smoke marijuana in public while at A-Basin.

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Alan Henceroth.
Henceroth's post, and a sequel, attracted plenty of commentary, with some of those weighing in happy about his stance and others finding it over the top, even though public consumption of cannabis is prohibited in Colorado under language included in Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over to use and possess small amounts of marijuana.

A64 has no impact on federal laws that make marijuana illegal. That's important, since, according to the Summit Daily, 22 of Colorado's 25 major ski resorts are either wholly or largely located on federal land.

"There are some cases where the parking lots aren't on federal land and the ski area is," notes Chris Strebig, media officer for the U.S. Forest Service's Rocky Mountain region. "But in most cases, the entire resort is on forest service land."

As such, pot-reform action taken by voters in Colorado and Washington state has no impact at places like Arapahoe Basin.

Continue to read more about marijuana use at ski areas on federal land.



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13jerm
13jerm

Meanwhile crumbling infrastructure continues to be a back-burner issue...

Tony Olivas
Tony Olivas

Loveland Ski Area is where i learned how to get high.

William Bolton
William Bolton

Whata the fucka the Chinese Downhill . Haha great movie

Steve Holmberg
Steve Holmberg

I'd love to see a Fed try to catch me on my skis! Chinese downhill motherfucker!

Jeremy Mahall
Jeremy Mahall

the war on drugs has proved to be a failure, why continue to fight it, especially pot. if anything, they shld be cracking down on the people who drink and ski, far more dangerous to the rest of us!

Dawn Lopez
Dawn Lopez

Do people drink beer while skiing???

Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson

Hell no!!! Not a prudent use if time at all, leave the riding culture alone you can't change it.

Matt Corry
Matt Corry

I would much rather ski/board around people who smoke pot than people who have been drinking. Good luck on this one!

William Richards
William Richards

What ever gets thel the most money!!! I "donated" 7 grams of weed in denver and have 5000 dollars in fines and the took my truck which I waasnt even in kept in for 60 days and told me it was 5500 to get it out. So its all about them getting there money...o and not to mention 2 years probation with no smoking and ni drinking... This Is why Im moving when this Is all done. Less trouble in illegal States

Joe Shepherd
Joe Shepherd

its all about the revenue , a $2,000 fine to the Feds , keeping the slavery system solvent

Jeff Williams
Jeff Williams

to the priority should be getting the 7 trillion dollars back to the people the embezzled

Nick McCollum
Nick McCollum

In 26 years of riding and skiing the only time I was ever hasseled was in 1996 and it was not in Colorado, but a certain resort did 86 me for it. Start 86ing locals from our mountains because people from Texas dont want us smoking pot on our soil.

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

Because we all know there couldn't possibly be anything they could be spending tax dollars on that might HELP the greater good.

Aaron McMurray
Aaron McMurray

Meanwhile...... the entire government has been hijacked..... don't worry about that though. The feds have zero credibility. Been caught, red-handed, running drugs and guns several times... when will the people say enough is enough? They are SUPPOSED to work for you, but seem to work against you at every turn.... WAKE UP!

Michael P Lee
Michael P Lee

They never have before but if they feel like working more power to them

Gema Silva
Gema Silva

Really don't they have better use of their time!

Tara DuVall
Tara DuVall

Yes were all not stoners. Some of us actually LIVE w/o toking

Dean Moriarty
Dean Moriarty

next it will be no naked skiing...when will it end?

Dean Moriarty
Dean Moriarty

what about medical pot? I use it to keep inflammation and swelling down

Jeremy Devlin
Jeremy Devlin

Totally not like they have anything better they could be doing with that time/ money..;)

Durty D Boarder
Durty D Boarder

Yeah Stephanie, watch out for the Keystone Ski CONTROL Nazis!! Vail Resorts have some great terrain, too bad their policies suck ass.

Dan Smith
Dan Smith

They need to get over pot and go after real criminals,like Obama

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

go back to michigan, douche. maybe you should visit a mountain sometime...there is cigarette use openly as well as drinking.

Jeff Allen
Jeff Allen

They didn't seem to much care before CO went and legalized it...

Stephanie Sarad
Stephanie Sarad

I got pulled over for skiing "recklessly" by a sheriff on skis at keystone.

Dean Moriarty
Dean Moriarty

ill take stoners over drunks on the slopes and the highways

Nathan Marschall
Nathan Marschall

no I certainly don't think it should be a priority! Certainly the "Feds" have bigger priorities than a little weed on a mountain. Gimme a break!

Dean Moriarty
Dean Moriarty

I've seen cops on skis at Vail before and at Wolf Creek

Dean Moriarty
Dean Moriarty

a lot more drunks than stoners on the slopes with the areas supplying the booze... hypocrites

Joseph Eskew
Joseph Eskew

They should spend the money on investigating the crap the gas companies are shooting into the ground water.

Cameron Loggans
Cameron Loggans

Oh ya. Mandatory incarceration. Cavity checks. Electroshock therapy.

Amelia Ebert
Amelia Ebert

you can be drunk on the mountain, they have bars at the top in the public eye

HughMann
HughMann

@Jeremy Mahall  

Exactly! Further, I would not give them any business. Perhaps everyone should protest the drinkers on ski's! Drink is the the governments stupid drug. Don't support the governments drug business.

McShyster
McShyster

@William Richards ... but Westweed and the lying liars behind A64 have declared that Pot is LEGAL in Colorado.


McShyster
McShyster

@Nick McCollum ... if God wanted Texans to ski, he would have made bullshit white.

hth.

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