Here Are the 13 Places Where Pot Shops Are Being Proposed in Longmont
Longmont retail marijuana applications
Applications Longmont received from 13 businesses seeking to be among the four that eventually could be selected to operate retail marijuana shops inside the city limits can be viewed at tinyurl.com/y7lfsf3e.
Information about Longmont’s rules and regulations for the up-to-four establishments that the city will allow to engage in retail sales of marijuana, along with the timeline for selecting those establishments and other details about Longmont’s marijuana regulations, can be viewed at tinyurl.com/y87cukbf
Longmont residents can now read the applications submitted by the 13 businesses competing to operate the up-to-four retail marijuana stores the city is expected to permit to operate inside Longmont’s boundaries.
On Thursday, the city posted online redacted versions of the applications, with some information blacked out to protect confidential material about the companies submitted as part of their proposals.
By posting the application, Longmont for the first time unveiled the addresses where the applicants are proposing to sell marijuana products.
Beginning Monday, and continuing through Jan. 1, Longmont will accept online comments about the 13 proposals, part of a process that is expected to conclude with the city’s selection of its four choices next spring or summer.
Businesses vying to be among those four selections — the first pot shops to be allowed within city limits — have proposed two northwest Longmont locations, as well as one in north-central Longmont, one in northside Longmont, one in southwest Longmont, two on south Main Street and six in southwest Longmont.
Under an ordinance the City Council adopted in a 4-3 vote in October, retail marijuana establishments will only be allowed in Commercial, Regional Commercial, Mixed Industrial and Business Light Industrial zoning districts. None will be permitted in residential zoning districts or in downtown Longmont’s Central Business District.
Any marijuana store would have to be at least 250 feet away from a residentially zoned area and at least 1,000 feet away from any K-12 school.
The 13 applications total hundreds of pages apiece, but each of the applicants appears to already have state- and locally licensed marijuana establishments in other locations, including some within Boulder County.
Here’s a look at each of the 13 applicants for Longmont licenses, their proposed sites for those stores, and some of what each of those businesses said in their pitches to the city:
• Anaport Enterprises LLC proposed a store at 165 Primrose Court, Unit B.
Company owner Anatoly Portnoy said he now operates a medical marijuana store and a marijuana growing facility in Denver. The company said, “Longmont provides an opportunity to expand his businesses into a new territory” and that Portnoy plans to move to Longmont if he’s granted a city license.
• Ancient Alternatives, doing business as Green Tree Medicinals , now has a store just northeast of U.S. 287 and Colo. 66, just outside Longmont’s city limits. It’s proposing to open one at 455 Weaver Park Road, Suite 900.
Green Tree’s owners said that “it is very important to us now that the city of Longmont is reopening its doors” to marijuana businesses, “to operate a location within the city limits so we can more effectively serve the residents of Longmont. We have struggled to meet the needs of our community” in Green Tree’s small store at 12626 N. 107th St., “and we are eager to once again join the Chamber of Commerce and be a positive member of the community.”
• Boulder Alternative Care LLC, doing business as The Green Room , proposed a store at 1600 Hover St., Unit C-1.
The company said its “family oriented, professionally minded ownership group has opted to stay out of some of the emerging market areas within the marijuana industry as we felt they were not a good fit with our company’s long-term goals or vision for the industry as a whole.”
But it wrote that Longmont’s regulations are in line with the company’s goals and vision and said: “The Green Room will bring Longmont a professionally run business with the kind of safe and secure atmosphere we feel the city of Longmont is looking for.”
• Brothers for Life LLC, doing business as Starbuds , has proposed a store at 1600 Hover St., Unit B-2.
Brothers for Life wrote that “businesses united under the Starbuds trade name make up one of the largest and most experienced brands in the Colorado marijuana marketplace.”
The company said that “as Colorado’s 13th most populous city, Longmont presents a wealth of opportunity for the cannabis industry. Longmont’s population and proximity to other large population centers makes it an ideal location to establish a retail store with an eye towards a long, sustainable and successful future.”
• Euflora proposed a store at 230 S. Main St., Suite B.
Euflora, which said it now has locations in downtown Denver and Aurora, wrote that Longmont would be “a great locale for the next Euflora store.” It said it believes that its Longmont store “will create enormous wellness, opportunity and economic benefit for the city, the local population, and the neighboring businesses.”
• Herbal Wellness proposed a store at 1428 E. Third Ave.
The company wrote that it “has a history of successfully and compliantly operating licensed marijuana businesses in Colorado. It hopes to have the opportunity to make a similar impact on Longmont as it has had on Lafayette, where it currently operates multiple marijuana businesses, but on a larger scale as Longmont has more than triple the population of Lafayette.
“Herbal Wellness wants to invest in Longmont’s future and become an integral part of the local community. It will make a quantifiable positive impact by building a diverse workforce of locals and actively engaging its neighbors.”
• Longmont Lightshade proposed a store at 1533 Main St.
Lightshade said it now operates more than 20 licensed marijuana establishments along the Front Range. The company wrote that it seeks “to introduce to the city of Longmont the benefits of cleanly cultivated, conscientiously extracted, pharmaceutical-grade boutique cannabis products provided in a nurturing and inclusive customer experience” — in a store it said it believes “can positively enhance the downtown area of Longmont.”
• Medicine Man Longmont LLC proposed a store at 500 E. Rogers Road.
Medicine Man said it started in 2009 with one medical-marijuana dispensary and has since added three retail dispensaries. The company wrote that “we passed on several opportunities to open new stores in other municipalities because those towns/cities didn’t fit the criteria that we have adopted to ensure success for our brand,” but that “when Longmont opened its doors to new licenses, we knew that this was the right fit and our next great opportunity.”
• Options Medical proposed a store at 455 Weaver Park Road.
The company, which said it has a store in Wheat Ridge, wrote that if Longmont selects Options for one of the city’s licenses, “Longmont will not only be partnering with one of the most compliant businesses in the industry but also one of the companies best positioned to succeed financially.”
• RFSCPX LLC, doing business as RootsRX Longmont , proposed a store at 12000 Rogers Road.
RootsRX said it has dispensaries in Eagle, Aspen, Basalt, Edwards, Gunnison and Leadville. The company wrote that it is “a community minded organization and that RootsRX and its owner, Rob Holmes, “are excited to join the Longmont community and look forward to a long and positive experience with the city.”
• Terrapin Care Station proposed a store at 650 20th Ave.
The company wrote that “as the first retail cannabis provider in the city of Boulder, expanding into Longmont is an organic and logical next step. While retail marijuana may be new to the city, TCS is an established brand recognized throughout Colorado and nationally.”
It said its presence in Longmont would ensure “that the revenue of our Longmont customers stays in Longmont. Our proximity to Main Street, Highway 66, the convenience of onsite parking at our standalone building, and our competitive products, pricing and industry leading service will also serve as a regional draw.”
• The Green Solution LLC proposed a store at 206 S. Main St.
The company wrote Longmont officials that “as one of Colorado’s most proven and successful cannabis business models, TGS is eager to serve the citizens of your vibrant, culturally diverse city. TGS is a wise choice for Longmont for many reasons. Our business, marketing, retail, community, and security plans are comprehensive and progressive. The facts that TGS is family owned and one of the longest-owned cannabis companies in Colorado further prove our stability and long-term commitment to the community.”
• Yuma Way proposed a story at 900 S. Hover St.
The company wrote that it “believes that its goals, vision and philosophy closely aligns with the city of Longmont’s goals, visions and philosophy. The residents will greatly benefit from (a) conveniently located, well designed, regulated and secured establishment that provides quality product and services, employs Longmont residents and strives to be a good neighbor and a member of the community that promotes a culture of transparency, accountability, and fiscal responsibility.”
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