Palisade picks 2 for rec pot shop
Potential marijuana business owners filed into a training room at Palisade’s Civic Center on Wednesday. They found seats at long plastic tables and exchanged nervous conversation.
In a just a few minutes they would know whether they were on their way to opening a retail marijuana store in Palisade.
The afternoon bingo-style drawing was held to determine which of the prospective businesses would receive the go-ahead to move forward through the state’s regulatory process.
As the bingo numbers rolled, two businesses, H&S LLC and THC 2, were chosen as first picks.
H&S lists its managing member as Heather Aspy and another associated member, Sondra Rivera, according to Palisade’s records. THC 2 Inc. lists managing member Daniel Sprague and associated member Brian Grabow.
Fourteen applicants put their names in the lottery for the opportunity to open one of two available retail marijuana stores in Palisade. Palisade voters in November 2016 allowed retail marijuana stores to locate in town. Palisade trustees decided to allow a total of three stores in town, with current medical marijuana provider Colorado Alternative Health Care receiving one of the three slots. Their retail marijuana store, The Colorado Weedery, is already open.
Marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and testing facilities also have been approved to locate in Palisade, but those businesses do not need to enter into a lottery system to gain approval to operate.
Renee Grossman, owner of High Q recreational marijuana dispensary in Silt, has been eyeing Palisade’s process for months. Grossman’s application was chosen as a runner-up, if THC 2 does not make it through the legal hoops required by the state and Palisade.
“At this point I’m already out $15,000 in Palisade,” she said, referring to investments made to get a jump on setting up shop. “I’ve prepared myself for this outcome.”
Grossman said her company also plans to open a recreational marijuana store in Carbondale.
First priority picks now must seek approval from the state to open businesses. After that, they can apply for licenses with Palisade. Businesses are subject to a $5,000 fee and must comply with requirements of a conditional use permit for operations. Those specific decisions will be made in upcoming public hearings, Palisade Town Administrator Rich Sales said Wednesday.