Trustees approve recreational pot permit in Palisade

Palisade’s sole medical marijuana store got the OK on Tuesday night to add a recreational marijuana storefront at their location.

Palisade town trustees unanimously approved a conditional use permit for Colorado Alternative Healthcare, 125 Peach Ave. It is expected to open for recreational marijuana sales after store owners Jesse and Desa Loughman receive licensing approval from the state.

The store likely will be the first to open to recreational marijuana sales in Palisade after voters decided to allow marijuana businesses, including recreational retail stores, in the November 2016 election.

Two more licenses for recreational marijuana stores will be allowed in Palisade, but the process is just getting underway to work through those business plans. An upcoming drawing will determine which qualified businesses will be chosen to operate in town.

Seventeen other entities have submitted applications proposing to open retail marijuana shops in town. Palisade also has received one application each for a cultivation facility and manufacturing infused product facility. A list of applicants is on the town’s website, townofpalisade.org.

The conditional use permit for the Loughmans came with a few conditions added by trustees.

Trustees will not allow the owners to use signage with their proposed name, Colorado Weedery, because it contains the word “weed” and references to businesses cannot contain some marijuana-specific words.

The Loughmans also cannot transfer the conditional use permit to a potential future owner, and will have to increase their number of parking spaces from the current 12 to at least 13.


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