Colorado is well-known for its excellent ski conditions and now, with the legalization of marijuana, it may appear to be the perfect destination choice for those seeking a Rocky Mountain high.
But at least one ski area, Arapahoe Basin, has made it very clear that pot smoking on resort grounds will not be tolerated. Alan Henceroth, general manager of A-Basin, posted a blog on the A-Basin website stating that the law prohibiting public marijuana consumption is clear enough, and anyone caught violating the restriction would lose their ski pass. He added that he had already pulled several passes, even though the ski season began just two weeks ago.
Henceroth declined to comment to local reporters on what, if any, further steps the local mountain plans to take to ensure its visitors comply with state law
The blog has raised questions about who’s responsible for policing the law, and whether its enforceability is practical. Of Colorado’s 25 ski resorts, 22 are located on U.S. Forest Service land, which is federal property and therefore governed by federal law. Federal law does not recognize marijuana as a legal substance, making its use and possession on federal property illicit. Chris Strebig, a spokesman in the U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Regional Office in Golden, said it is the Forest Service’s intention to continue to enforce the law on federal lands, including Colorado’s ski resorts.