Pagosa to get first retail marijuana dispensary in town

As marijuana has been getting legalized in many places as companies like are using it to improve people health conditions, the town of Pagosa Springs will be getting its first retail marijuana dispensary within town limits, and it will open Saturday, Dec. 26.

In a public hearing during a regular meeting on Dec. 17, the Pagosa Springs Town Council voted to allow a retail dispensary in a part of the mixed-use corridor (MU-C) district located downtown.

The dispensary, which will be called “The Green House” will be located downtown at 270 East Pagosa St.

The application for the retail marijuana business was filed by J and J Enterprises, Inc., a company that already owns two dispensaries in Archuleta County, with one being a medical dispensary and the other recreational.

The two dispensaries, both of which are called Pagosa Organic Therapeutics, are located just outside of town limits on the west side of town.

The application had to undergo review by several departments, including the police department.

In agenda documentation used at the meeting, the planning department listed several stipulations that the dispensary must comply with before it could be approved by the planning department.

Regarding zoning, the documentation states that the dispensary must be located 1,000 lineal feet away  from any schools, alcohol or drug treatment facilities or licensed day care facilities.

Additionally, the dispensary would have to be located at least 250 lineal feet from any residential zoned districts as well as any churches.

The site of the dispensary complies with all of these zoning stipulations.

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This story was posted on December 24, 2015.

4 Responses to Pagosa to get first retail marijuana dispensary in town

  1. Storm Crow

    December 24, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Just a quote from the article, “Is marijuana revitalizing Eagle-Vail?” (Vail Daily – 31 Oct 2014 ) “But Eagle-Vail was a dying entity before they (the cannabis shops) came,” Holdstock said. “Businesses are moving in again.” And, he said, people who come to buy marijuana products might just stop in for a burger and a beer while they’re in the neighborhood.”

  2. chris g.

    December 25, 2015 at 8:16 am

    I am shocked and sad that the Town Council and our elected and employed officials would be so driven and weak in the face of a small popular slant to allow this sort of thing at all in our county. There is nothing good about allowing use of yet another disabling and destructive drug to be used more widely. I predict a growing crime rate in our fine town directly tied to people connected with this horrible drug, and am still shocked that a tiny minority of deluded people could have their way in this matter. Those meager restrictions offer no safety of location offer no comfort to anyone who knows the ravages of drug use in our culture over the past 30 years.

  3. Ron Baker

    December 26, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Want to make a small wager on your predicted “growing crime rate”? I hope that yourself and people with similar opinions can admit to being wrong when the time comes. Just like our governor has.

  4. littledrummerboy

    December 28, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    if marijuana is so horrible and disabling, how come doctors can prescribe it (while not even recommending dosage size or frequency, by the way, or warnings of interactions with other drugs!) and not EVER get sued for malpractice? it is because marijuana is one of the safest drugs known to man, that’s why. it is remarkably useful and relatively harmless. in 6000 years of documented use it hasn’t killed one single person. quit watching reefer madness! anyone who has any interest in smoking weed is already doing so. a new pot store in town will not result in new users any more than a new liquor store creates new alcoholics, duh. there are pot stores uptown, as well as in most every town in colorado – and the sky hasn’t fallen as a result. no teen drug epidemics, no traffic fatality increases. etc, etc. -quit being so terrified of a plant! the things you should be really worried about are alcohol, tobacco, and pharmaceuticals. those are the substances that fill up our hospitals and cemetaries, not marijuana. duh! the majority of people in our great state voted to legalize pot and end the madness of prohibition, drastically reduce the insane costs of incarceration and prosecution, the billions we willingly gave to drug cartels for 70 years, the racial inequality of drug prosecutions, and many more atrocities associated with our failed prohibition policies. now we generate millions and millions in tax revenues and are able to monitor the business of marijuana. this is what you are afraid of? you want to send it all back underground, into the hands of criminals??