GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado (KJCT) – All three measures for the local election in Grand Junction have been approved. Two of these measures will help bring marijuana businesses back to Grand Junction.
After voters approve Measures 2A and 2B, the city will begin setting regulations and potential locations for up to six marijuana dispensaries within the city limits. We have been told that almost all marijuana revenue goes straight into the open space master plan for parks and recreation. Some additional money will help fund Grand Junction Police Department enforcement.
According to city manager Greg Caton, pharmacies could be opened within the city limits as early as autumn 2021.
“We’d expect the licensing to likely be completed early this fall,” said Caton. “The shops could be operational after that, maybe even in the second half of this year by early 2022.”
Randy Sheley owns Elk Mountain Trading Post, a cannabis store in De Beque. He previously operated from Grand Junction but had to move when the moratorium began ten years ago.
A few months ago, Sheley bought property at 2863 North Avenue in Grand Junction, expecting voters to change their minds and vote in favor of the measures. He will now seek city approval to open a new location in Elk Mountain on the North Avenue property.
“When the vote came out, we thought we should try to secure something,” says Sheley. “We thought it was a good place and a good fit with Grand Junction.”
If the city approves Sheley’s business, this location could be one of the first Grand Junction pharmacies to open later this year.
The unofficial results of the local elections can be found here.
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