FS Enforces Federal MJ Law at Colorado Ski Areas

skipromo This might be a real ad for all I know..

And on a lighter, or perhaps higher, note…Maybe Arnold would be better suited as a volunteer ski ranger..sniffing out smokers?

Here’s a link to the article (note the Denver Post just might be the most annoying online newspaper ever in terms of ads; I hope this doesn’t mean it’s on its last gasp):

For the people who like to use it, that is awesome, but it’s not legal to use it in public,” Henceroth said.

Amendment 64 does not allow marijuana consumption “conducted openly and publicly or in a manner that endangers others.”

“We’re one of those public places,” Henceroth said.

Arapahoe Basin is one of 22 Colorado ski areas that leases federal land from the U.S. Forest Service on five-year special use permits. Despite legalization in Colorado and Washington, marijuana remains illegal under federal law and is therefore illegal on those lands, whether or not it is consumed in public. The Forest Service said recent legalization should have no effect on marijuana tolerance at ski areas.

“Not every year would this be as emphatic or as big of a topic as it is now,” said Paul Cruz, regional winter sports coordinator for the Forest Service in Colorado.

Cruz sent a reminder of the federal law to recreation permit coordinators last week.

“There really is no change in forest special use permits because it was illegal before, and it’s still illegal,” said Chris Strebig, communications director for the Forest Service in Colorado.

At Wolf Creek Ski Area, officials decided last year not to pursue marijuana violations if users do not pose a safety risk and are discreet.

“Our patrol’s job is not to bird-dog everybody when they smell marijuana,” said Wolf Creek CEO Davey Pitcher.

The ski area, which opened ahead of schedule on Oct. 19, has had no issues related to marijuana since a federal officer caught an employee with a medical marijuana license smoking at the top of a ski line last winter, Pitcher said. Unless reckless skiing becomes an issue, Wolf Creek’s 400 seasonal staff will leave it to Forest Service officers to enforce the law. Citations for public consumption carry a minimum $250 fine and possible court summons, and a maximum fine of $5,000 and six months in jail.

“It’s their job, not ours, to enforce that,” Pitcher said. “They are up here quite often. They ski around. Sometimes they ski around undercover.”

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