(Telluride News) No one knows how many people will queue up to buy retail marijuana when it becomes available across Colorado on Wednesday, but one thing is certain: Telluride’s shops will be open for business.
three of the town’s marijuana dispensaries plan to open their doors to
those 21 and older on Wednesday (Jan. 1) for retail sales, and are
bracing for big crowds. It will be the first time in history that fully
taxed and regulated marijuana will be available to the general public.
And as any state dispensary owner will testify, Colorado’s marijuana
industry is heavily regulated. As of Thursday, dispensary owners were
working to finish the many regulatory hoops that they had to jump
through to sell retail pot.
“Yes, it’s been one of those
paper-pushing nightmares,” said Adam Raleigh, owner of Telluride Bud
Company. “But it’s going to be a bum rush, it’s going to be a novelty.
I’ve got emails this last week from people driving in from California,
Utah, Arizona, Wyoming and you know, New Mexico — coming in just to be
here for Jan. 1, to be a part of history.”
Over the past several
months, local dispensary owners have been working through the hurdles
necessary to sell retail marijuana and fielding hundreds of phone calls
from potential customers. Greg Viditz-Ward, owner of the Green Room,
said he has been getting all types of inquiries about what will be on
sale on Wednesday and how much there will be.
“We’re just in total chaos mode right now,” Viditz-Ward said.
“I don’t know if the first is going to be our biggest day, but I think
we’re going to have a lot of people here. Being that we’ve never done
this before, it’s hard to say. We probably get a dozen people calling in
daily from all over the country saying they are booking their trip. And
I hear the hotel bookings are up, so that’s good.”
Jan. 1, the state will allow retail shops to be open from 8 a.m. until 8
p.m. (Only existing medical marijuana dispensary owners in the state
were allowed to transition to pot shops by the Jan. 1 date, though they
had to do so under state and local rules. New retail establishments are
expected to open later in 2014.)
Locally, all three of
Telluride’s dispensaries are making the transition. Though each
dispensary has its own schedule, all plan to be open by mid morning on
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