Dispensary desert no more: Broomfield opens 1st pot shops – BizWest – BizWest

BROOMFIELD — Nearly a decade into Colorado’s legal cannabis journey, a notable dispensary desert has existed between the highly concentrated cannabis markets in Denver and Boulder counties. That will soon change as Broomfield is set to welcome its first cannabis businesses. 

Voters statewide approved measures paving the way for recreational dispensaries in 2012 with the first weed stores coming online in 2014.

At that time Broomfield leaders opted out of the industry, which brought in more than $400 million in new tax revenue last year. 

“Broomfield really cares about its community members and always has,” Dan Martin, Broomfield native and co-founder of the Magnolia Road dispensary group, told BizWest. “It’s been a really great place to live and to raise a family. I can see why Broomfield was really cautious and took its time to see what effects cannabis [legalization] had in other jurisdictions. What it saw was that the impact wasn’t negative, in fact it’s been more beneficial.”

Last year, the Broomfield City Council reversed course on cannabis business prohibition and, on a 9-1 vote, approved a set of measures that paved the way for both medical and recreational pot shops to open in the city. 

Initially, three

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