Last of city’s pre-moratorium pot licenses considered
The last of several retail marijuana license applications that were in the works before Glenwood Springs City Council placed a moratorium on new requests in late May, and thus are not subject to the city’s newly amended regulations, are to be heard today.
City licensing officer Angela Roff is set to hear a proposal this afternoon for Osiris LLC to operate a new marijuana cultivation, products manufacturing and retail sales facility at 2150 Devereux Road.
Osiris, which is made up of a group of Basalt- and Aspen-area investors, won its land-use approvals from the city in July to build the nearly 16,500-square-foot facility. It must now obtain the proper city licensing in order to begin construction and officially go into business.
The location is about a half mile west of the existing Green Dragon cultivation, retail and medical marijuana sales facility.
Green Dragon owner Ron Radtke recently won the OK from Roff to transfer his licenses to buyer Greenwerkz, a Denver-based company that operates one of Glenwood’s four existing retail businesses that are allowed to sell recreational marijuana products to adults age 21 and older.
Also on Roff’s agenda for the 2 p.m. license hearing is a request from a company called Cannabist Castle Supermarket & Dispensary Lounge LLC to open “The Kind Castle” retail store at 818 Grand Ave. It would involve only a retail sales license, without the cultivation and products manufacturing components.
The Cannabist and Osiris requests are the last of five applications that were already filed with the City Clerk’s Office before council, responding to a rash of citizen and business owner complaints about the growing number of pot shops in the downtown area in particular, imposed a three-month moratorium on new applications.
In doing so, council decided to allow the pending applications to proceed through the old process while it worked to amend the rules for new marijuana businesses in Glenwood.
Last month, council adopted a special review process requiring all new marijuana businesses to come before the city’s planning and zoning commission and ultimately City Council for public hearings, doing away with the hearing officer process for new applications.
It also revised the minimum setback between marijuana businesses from 325 feet under the old rules to 900 feet.
Both rules would apply to any new applications that come in from this point forward.
In the meantime, Roff has ruled on three other license applications since the moratorium went into effect in late May.
Green Dragon’s proposal for a second retail shop and new marijuana edibles bakery in the 900 block of Grand Avenue next to the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue was denied, as was that for the proposed Recreational Releaf store in the 400 block of 10th Street.
One other application, for the existing Martin’s Naturals medical marijuana dispensary at Sixth and Grand to convert to recreational retail marijuana sales, was approved.
Following today’s Osiris and Cannabist Castle hearings, Roff will have 30 days to make a determination.
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