Greenwerkz gets green light for rec marijuana sales in Glenwood Springs
Ryan Summerlin May 7, 2014
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado — With its retail marijuana sales license now in hand, Greenwerkz is set to become the city’s first outlet to offer recreational marijuana to paying customers age 21 and over starting today.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer both medical and recreational sales at our Glenwood location,” Ryan Milligan, co-owner of Denver-based Greenwerkz, in a prepared statement.
The Glenwood Springs store, located on the busy State Highway 82 corridor at 2922 S. Glen Ave., is set to open for both recreational and medical marijuana sales at 10 a.m. today.
“It’s really been a process getting the store ready,” said Melissa Finn, manager of the Glenwood Springs store. “Once the city gave us the final approval, we wanted to make sure to get stocked up so that we would have enough inventory.”
Greenwerkz’ retail sales license was formally approved April 25 by the city’s licensing officer, Angela Roff, who conducted a formal public hearing on the matter in late March.
That followed a lengthy delay after the application was submitted in January, when a noticing glitch resulted in the postponement of the original hearing date.
Greenwerkz also operates medical and recreational marijuana sales at its Denver store, and recently received its license to offer recreational sales from its Edgewater store as well. Their cultivation operation is also located in Denver.
Milligan said Greenwerkz specializes in high-quality, organically-grown cannabis, edibles and cannabis-based products. He emphasized that the Glenwood Springs store can only serve those age 21 and older, be it for medical or recreational purposes, per city ordinance.
Greenwerkz becomes the sixth recreational marijuana outlet to open in the Roaring Fork Valley. The first to open on the entire Western Slope was the Doctor’s Garden in Carbondale, back in January. That was soon followed by three stores offering recreational sales in Aspen, and a second shop in Carbondale.
The Glenwood Springs location hopes to attract downvalley customers and those from elsewhere along the Interstate 70 corridor who otherwise have had to travel to Carbondale or to the Front Range to find recreational sales.
Greenwerkz will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Roff is also set to rule on a retail license for what would be Glenwood Springs’ second store offering recreational marijuana sales, Green Essentials, which recently relocated its medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation operation to Devereux Road.
A hearing to consider the Green Essentials license was held on May 9. Roff has 30 days by city ordinance in which to make a decision, meaning a decision should come by Friday.