Thornton Approves County's First Recreational Dispensary – Westword

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 4:31 p.m.

Thornton is finally getting a recreational dispensary. On March 23, the Thornton City Council approved a license for its first retail pot store, but not without some hesitation from council members.

The Marijuana Local Licensing Authority had convened a meeting with Mayor Heidi K. Williams and the council to hear testimony from each of the four dispensaries requesting a license from the city, which had previously had a moratorium on recreational marijuana. That ban was lifted last August, and the applicants all came armed with community-engagement plans to explain what each business would bring to the town.

The evening began with a PowerPoint presentation by Rocky Road Remedies, outlining a $12,000 restorative justice program the company would like to introduce in schools. After that, Stephanie Hull, director of operations for Rocky Road, was questioned for over an hour by council members.

Councilwoman Jacque Phillips asked where the dispensaries would post guards; she said she was concerned about problems in the parking lot. Hull explained that there would be security personnel inside the store but not outside, as is the custom at the four existing Rocky Road Remedies locations across the state.

Tad Bowler, owner of the chain, noted that if there is an incident, his staff is required to call the police. “I will not risk the safety of my employees,” he told the council.

Council member Sam Nizam followed up with another question about security, asking what the dispensary plans to do about smoking in the parking lot.

“Not that these problems can’t come up, but we’re not experiencing any [issues like that] at our other recreational locations,” Hull responded. “Most people go out, get in their car and leave.”

She echoed Nizam’s point that if problems arise, the dispensary’s policy is to

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