Deputies: Pot Smokers Ticketed At A-Basin

Several People Tickets Since Ski Season Started

Several people allegedly smoking marijuana in the parking lot at Arapahoe Basin ski area have been ticketed by deputies since ski season started Oct. 9.

"If you're going to flaunt it in our face and do stupid things while we're on foot patrol, you sometimes get caught," Sheriff John Minor told the Summit County Daily News. "This is not uncommon the first few ski days."

Four of the summonses -- each for possession of less than an ounce -- were the result of deputies on foot patrol noticing the odor of burnt marijuana. Two summonses were issued to friends of a man who was shouting expletives across the parking lot, according to reports from the sheriff's office.

The newspaper reported that in 2006, Summit County voted 62 percent in favor of an unsuccessful statewide referendum (Amendment 44) to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for private use.

"It's not uncommon to have foot patrols in the area from time to time for a whole bunch of reasons: That's our job," Minor said. "Don't attract attention if you're going to smoke dope, especially in a public place, because we're going to bust you."

Amounts confiscated ranged from about 2 grams to about 14 grams. Those who received summonses were not arrested.