Littleton’s three medical marijuana dispensaries could begin selling their products to recreational users, if voters approve a citizen-initiated ballot measure this fall.
Listed as Ballot Question 300 on this fall’s ballots, the measure’s language is short: “Shall existing medical marijuana center licensees in the City of Littleton be permitted to sell retail marijuana on and after January 1, 2021?”
Littleton is home to three medical marijuana dispensaries: Silver Stem Fine Cannabis on Littleton Boulevard, The Hemp Center on Datura Street, and Ascend Cannabis Co. on Santa Fe Drive. A fourth medical dispensary on Prince Street shut down several years ago.
If approved, the measure would allow all three dispensaries to begin sales of cannabis products to anyone over 21 without a doctor’s recommendation.
‘It’s time Littleton embraces it’
The measure was spearheaded by Stanislav Zislis, the cofounder of Silver Stem, which operates seven locations in Colorado and one in Oregon, and Scott Embree, co-owner of Ascend, which has four locations in Colorado. Embree, who lives in south Jefferson County, is funding a similar campaign seeking recreational marijuana sales in Lakewood this fall.
The effort is organized under an LLC called Residents for a Stronger Littleton.
Zislis, who lives in Englewood, called the measure an idea whose time has come, saying citizens want the option and the city could use the tax revenue.
“Colorado’s so-called marijuana experiment has not resulted in dire consequences,” Zislis said. “It’s made things better for the state and for our communities, and it’s time Littleton embraces it.”
A study published on the group’s website estimates retail marijuana sales could generate between $935,000 and $1.5 million a year in tax revenue for the city.
The group also cites a poll of 400 Littleton voters conducted by Keating Research that showed 64% of respondents supported the measure, though