A marijuana dispensary chain could open a new location by Bonnie Brae Ice Cream, according to City of Denver documents.
Silver Stem Fine Cannabis, a Colorado-based company with seven stores in the state, is attempting to open a new spot at 2331 East Ohio Avenue, right around the corner from the ice cream shop at 799 South University Boulevard. According to the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses, Silver Stem is attempting to transfer an existing medical marijuana license from 2243 Federal Boulevard, which isn’t attached to a store currently, to Bonnie Brae and also get gain a new license for recreational sales.
The store would neighbor the historic ice cream parlor, which has inspired local opposition over fears of exposing children to marijuana while they’re going for ice cream.
Despite neighborhood concerns and a last-minute push to block the dispensary, Silver Stem has received support from nearby residents and business owners, including next-door Brindle and Oak Wedding and Events, and Bonnie Brae Liquor, which is around the corner, and Bonnie Brae Ice Cream itself.
A hearing officer hired by the city recommended on July 7 that Silver Stem be approved to operate at the East Ohio address, but Excise and License communications director Eric