Colorado MMA Fighter Opens Dispensary in South Platte Neighborhood – Westword

Medical marijuana sales are dropping and a handful of dispensaries have recently closed up shop in Denver, but new store owner Elias Egozi isn’t scared of a fight. In fact, fighting is how he spends his off-time.

Last week, the Florida native opened Alto, a medical marijuana dispensary at 2160 South Lipan Street, in the South Platte neighborhood. When he’s not tending the garden, though, Egozi is an amateur mixed-martial artist and a member of Elevation Fight Team, one of the sport’s most successful training centers. And according to the 33-year-old Egozi, working out in the same gym as UFC stars Justin Gaethje and Cory Sandhagen has more in common with his day job than he expected.

“There’s definitely overlap between fighting and cannabis. I was kind of surprised at how much there was,” he says. “When I’m in the back of the house with the plants, I find myself using a lot of the same things I use while training: the discipline, staying focused on a task for a long time, and being detail-oriented.”

Alto also houses a cultivation and solventless extraction lab, which is a lot to pack into under 5,000 square feet. A family operation, Alto is funded by Egozi and

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