Steamboat Springs Marijuana possession and cultivation charges have been filed against a Steamboat Springs couple accused of growing the drug at their Ninth Street home.
Felony summonses were issued Feb. 24 for David Wayne Jensen and Marie Sellitto Jensen, in connection with the marijuana operation discovered Feb. 7 in Old Town. Investigators said they seized 48 marijuana plants and about 8 pounds of dried and processed marijuana from the Jensens' home.
The husband and wife are due to appear for their advisements in Routt County Court on March 17.
Each has been charged with Class 4 felony charges of cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to sell or distribute, and Class 5 felony charges of possession of 8 ounces or more of marijuana. Each also is charged with a Class 3 felony count of possession of a Schedule I controlled substance for a small amount of psilocybin, or hallucinogenic mushrooms, found at their home.
Attorney Kris Hammond, who represents Marie Jensen, did not return calls for comment Tuesday. No attorney has entered a notice of appearance with the court on David Jensen's behalf. The Jensens do not have a listed phone number.
The Steamboat Springs Police Department discovered the grow operation during a party at the home Feb. 7, while neither of the suspects were at home. Police ultimately cited 16 juveniles at the party for possessing alcohol.
During a subsequent search of the home, law enforcement officers said they found 54 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, in addition to 8 pounds of usable marijuana.
"For somebody to smoke that amount of marijuana, they'd have a joint in their mouth 24/7," said All Crimes Enforcement Team Task Force Commander Garrett Wiggins last month. "It's more than just your personal use type of stuff."
Marie Jensen, 53, has a medical marijuana license, but the house contained far more of the drug than a licensee is allowed to possess under state law, according to investigators. Colorado allows a licensed medical marijuana user to have as much as 2 ounces of usable marijuana and six plants, only three of which can be mature.
A typical cultivator can yield 6 to 8 ounces of product from a single plant, according to Wiggins. By those guidelines, the 48 plants seized from the home could have produced an additional 18 to 24 pounds of marijuana.
Marie and David Jensen are due to appear at 8:30 a.m. March 17 for their advisements in Routt County Court. Hammond has requested that Marie Jensen's court date be moved to March 24, though the court has yet to rule on his request.