A rendering of the proposed dispensary off U.S. Highway 6 and Rasor Drive near Keystone.
Zack Becker/Courtesy rendering
A Montezuma family is planning to open a marijuana dispensary in the Keystone area next year, but there is a group of residents who are strongly opposed to the idea.
The Becker family is proposing a new dispensary called The Tree Line off U.S. Highway 6 on Rasor Drive next door to the Mountain View Plaza, which houses Loveland Pass Liquors & Market and Dos Locos Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, among other businesses.
The family said it is hoping to create a new resource on the east end of the county, facilitating an easier marijuana-buying experience for residents in Montezuma and Keystone and for visitors.
“There’s a pretty big gap in the market here and an underserved community that doesn’t really have access to retail cannabis products, unless they want to do a 20- to 30-minute round trip into Dillon or Silverthorne,” Zack Becker said. “That draws both residents and visitors to Keystone out of the community; it pulls them away from the local businesses and takes revenue directly out of their pockets. … For the Keystone area that relies heavily on the tourist community, it seems strange that there’s no opportunity up here to keep that business here.”
The Beckers originally come from Rhode Island, but over the past five years, the entire immediate family has migrated to Summit County, including Zack; his brothers, Sam and Ben; and their parents, Tanya and Bruce. If plans for the new development come to fruition, they say it will truly be a family business with each member playing a part.
The Tree Line would be the family’s first