Craig could see second healthcare marijuana shop

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The Silver Constructing at 316 West Victory Way could be household to a new healthcare marijuana dispensary in Craig.
Clay Thorp/Employees

A
new healthcare marijuana shop desires to open its doors in the old Silver Constructing
on West Victory Way.  

According to a public notice posted on the front door of the creating, Tumbleweed Craig LLC requested Sept. 13 the city approve their healthcare marijuana dispensary license at 316 West Victory Way.

In an e-mail Thursday, Craig City Manager Peter Brixius stated city councilors strategy to make a choice for or against the healthcare dispensary “once the city- and state-mandated applications, background screens, petition of neighboring house owners and zoning evaluation has been received and evaluated. The applicant will then be scheduled for a public hearing and the council will comply with with an approval or denial of the application.”

That public hearing is scheduled for council’s meeting in late October, according to the public notice.

The possible healthcare marijuana dispensary is close to the heart of Craig exactly where Yampa Avenue and Victory Way meet, and nearly across the street from the Moffat County Courthouse. Opening the region to marijuana companies was anything Craig’s Downtown Small business Association told councilors they wanted as it would bring much more bodies to downtown.

According to the ordinance, only dispensaries will be permitted in the heart of Craig’s “commercial downtown” zoning district.

“That’s what the DBA asked for simply because they want targeted traffic
downtown,” stated Councilman Paul James at their Sept. 10 meeting.

The move by Tumbleweed comes about a week following council amended its marijuana ordinance — which has but to go just before voters — to permit marijuana-connected companies in Craig’s industrial small business zones. Each retail dispensaries and marijuana manufacturing facilities that test, cultivate, and wholesale marijuana would be permitted in the city’s industrial C-two zone, its light industrial L1 zone, and its heavy industrial L2 zone with zero setback distance limits from residences in these places.

“I feel
that creates chance,” stated Councilwoman Andrea Camp Sept. 10 of permitting
marijuana companies to take up residence in some of Craig’s empty industrial
facilities. “There are spaces for these companies.”

Each sorts
of marijuana companies should sustain a 100-foot setback distance from residences in
the city’s other two zones — mixed use MU1 and agriculture — and 500 feet from
schools, parks, or childcare facilities in all zones except for Craig’s core
“commercial downtown” zone, according to the ordinance.

Amelia Miller, manager of Lube Plus across the street from the Silver Constructing, stated she hopes the new pot shop will bring much more exposure to her family’s oil alter and service small business, but she’s concerned about parking in the region.

“I’m a small on the fence,” Miller stated Thursday. “I do wonder what it will be like. I cannot picture it’ll be worse than getting empty. I just hope they figure out the parking circumstance if they go in there.”

Eventually, Miller stated she is largely supportive of the new pot shop across the street.

“Business is small business,” Miller stated. “If it helped bring tax income to our city, that is valuable in other methods as nicely.”

Jennifer Holloway, director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce and Moffat County Visitor Center, also welcomed the new healthcare marijuana application.

“I feel it is a very good move,” Holloway stated Thursday. “I do not feel we are in a position to be picky. I feel we really should be open-minded to new industries. Hemp and marijuana could be genuine financial assets to our neighborhood. I’m excited and content to see when our elected leaders are open minded to alter.”

Shaun Hadley of Craig Apothecary stated although Tumbleweed will be a considerably bigger, direct competitor, he’s glad the new small business is displaying interest in Craig.

“It’s
wonderful,” Hadley stated Thursday. “It’s what we wanted… We want much more jobs in town.”

Hadley was the initial in Craig to open a healthcare marijuana dispensary quickly following the state passed Amendment 64, but City Council swiftly place a moratorium on any extra shops and Hadley has had Craig largely to himself ever considering the fact that. Hadley plans on welcoming the new Tumbleweed shop and hopes it will lead to much more Craig and Moffat County residents taking benefit of the healthcare advantages of marijuana.

“I’m gonna be welcoming,” Hadley stated of Tumbleweed. “I’ve been right here 10 years. Welcome to Craig. I honestly hope it leads to much more men and women having their cards.”

Hadley
admitted he is somewhat apprehensive about a direct competitor of Tumbleweed’s
size, but hopes his loyal buyer base will maintain him in small business.

“I do not
feel we’re going anyplace,” Hadley stated. “It could possibly hurt us. There could possibly be a
couple of weeks there exactly where men and women go verify them out. Hell, I’m gonna go verify
them out.”

If council approves Tumbleweed’s application, it would be one particular of two current marijuana companies — along with Hadley’s — offered initial priority for one particular of 3 recreational dispensary licenses in Craig if voters have been to approve the city’s burgeoning marijuana ordinance.  

“If and when the ordinance is passed as written, an current operation inside the city limits will have a preference for a future retail application,” Brixius stated. “Currently the only legal marijuana establishment that can exist in Craig is a healthcare marijuana-licensed facility.”

Tumbleweed’s public hearing in front of Craig City Council is scheduled for Oct. 22.



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