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.


Aspen Attorney Lauren Maytin, who represents AMS, attributed the issues surrounding the business license to “miscommunication,” which led to a series of events that left the business out of compliance. She declined to give details, and state officials said they would not comment because of the pending nature of the case. AMS voluntarily withdrew its license when it closed.


On April 28, Marijuana Enforcement Division officials made a scheduled visit to the dispensary, located at 106 S. Mill St. above La Cantina restaurant, to seize all product on hand. This was standard procedure for any pot shop that voluntarily surrenders its license, Maytin said, adding that she couldn’t disclose the amount of pot that was seized.


According to a statement issued by AMS, the business “is currently restructuring its internal organization with the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED). As part of this process we have agreed to a shutdown of operations until the MED is able to complete the changes which will allow continued operations in keeping with state law.”


Maytin said the re-licensing process could be completed in “a matter of weeks.” AMS co-owner Ben Bayko has brought on two new partners, and is planning to take over a new grow operation located near Colorado Springs. A previous AMS grow in Pitkin County has closed, she said.


AMS is one of five local businesses involved in the recreational and medical marijuana trade. It has so far declined to apply for a retail marijuana license.