About Us

In 2000 constitutional Amendment 20 was passed by Colorado voters, allowing medical marijuana in the State of Colorado. In 2012 Constitutional amendment 64 was passed in Colorado by 55 percent. In Pitkin County it passed by 75 percent.

After the passage of amendment 64 public safety leaders in the upper Roaring Fork Valley started brainstorming what it would take to safely introduce this product into our community. Many community members are concerned this could degrade our community and hurt rather than help. Some of the concerns expressed by citizens were fear for the health and safety of our children, fear that Aspen would turn into Amsterdam and there be weed stores on every corner. These concerns seemed legitimate enough to take a deeper look into these issues.

On January 27, 2014 Sheriff Joe DiSalvo invited a variety of community stake holders to meet and discuss these areas of concern. During the first meeting it was clear there were a shared set of goals among those in attendance. Everyone at the table wanted the introduction of retail marijuana to be safe and responsible. Everyone also agreed there needed to be a strong educational component for children, residents and visitors.

Out of this group of community stakeholders the Valley Marijuana Council was formed. A group that encompasses public safety, health, schools, parents, drug prevention specialists, the business community and more.


Create a cohesive community approach to facilitate the safe, responsible integration of recreational marijuana

Overarching Goals

  • Prevent short and long term health and safety issues related to the introduction of recreational marijuana
  • Involve a variety of community stakeholders to develop and implement SMART community goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely)
  • Document efforts to develop a model for future communities considering the introduction of recreational marijuana use.

Participating Organizations