Shop resumes business; grand opening planned for Aug. 1.
Ryan Nab assembles a display case at Dacono Meds, 730 Glen Creighton Drive in Dacono. (Lewis Geyer / Longmont Times-Call)
Eighteen months after locking its doors and shredding its plants, Dacono Meds is back in business.
Dacono’s first medical marijuana dispensary — and for now, its only one — has a grand opening planned for Aug. 1. The soft opening came June 27, and a lot of former patients came with it.
“It was like having family reunion after family reunion all day long,” general manager Karen Nab said. “It was an awesome, elating thing. And it continues.”
Like any family reunion, of course, it took more work than anyone expected.
No surprise. Dacono’s history with medical marijuana dispensaries has always had plenty of twists and turns. The City Council regulated the businesses in 2009, put a moratorium on new ones in 2010 and then outright banned them in 2012. That last action brought a lawsuit that failed and a ballot issue that didn’t, with residents voting in 2013 to kill the ban and let up to three dispensaries back in.
By then, things had to be started from scratch. Because of the Dacono ban, owner Brad Henson had moved his license and much of his gear to Sedgwick in eastern Colorado. So when the ban was lifted, the Dacono site had to get in line for both its city and state paperwork. It also had to replace its cameras and make some repairs — shortly after the ban closed Dacono Meds, someone had tried breaking into the place.
“If they’d watched the news, they’d have seen we shredded it all,” Nab said, referring to the December 2012 destruction of the shop’s unsold marijuana. “There wasn’t a stem left.”
Dacono’s city application, which cost $3,100, was submitted in August 2013 and got a conditional letter of approval by September. The state application required revisions, then additional information, and then a new application due to the amount of time it had taken. The state agent dealing with Dacono Meds got sick, more information was needed for the Sedgwick license, and the state was having to wade through a flood of applications for recreational permits, which had a Jan. 1 deadline.
Hash candy in child proof containers is seen at Dacono Meds. (Lewis Geyer / Longmont Times-Call)
In February 2014, Dacono Meds had its meeting with the state, paid another $15,000 in licensing fees — and found that by an oversight, its letter from Dacono failed to include an “optional premises cultivation” permission, required of all dispensaries. Back to the city, only to discover the original letter of approval had expired.
New application. New fees.
All the approvals finally came by March, the state licenses following in April. Then rebuilding, inspections … and at last, re-opening.
Of course, there’s still some rebuilding to do. In its heyday, Dacono Meds had 250 primary patients and 1,800 total patients. In the month since its soft opening, it has 83.
“That (original number) was after three and a half years of being there,” Nab said. “For little, tiny Dacono, we’re doing quite well.”
No special events for the grand opening have been announced yet, though a change in its advertising is probably in order.
“The billboard by highway 52 still says ‘Coming soon,'” Nab said. “Soon it’ll say ‘Now open.'”
Contact Times-Call staff writer Scott Rochat at 303-684-5220 or [email protected]
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