Colorado’s first drive-thru marijuana shop to open on 420

Emily Gray Brosious

April 19, 2017: 2:28 PM CT

Colorado's first drive-thru marijuana dispensary to open on 4/20(Photo credits: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images; JackMUrwin/Flickr)

Colorado’s first drive-thru cannabis shop is slated to open April 20, just in time for marijuana’s unofficial national holiday.

The Tumbleweed Express Drive-Thru is located in a converted car wash facility in the town of Parachute, Colorado, which has a population of 1,100. It will be the first recreational marijuana shop where cars can literally pull into the building, which state law requires, the Post Independent reports.

“As far as I can tell we are not aware of this business model ever coming up before,” Robert Goulding, spokesman for the Marijuana Enforcement Division, told the Post Independent. “It will have to follow all the rules and regulations that apply to every dispensary.”

Like other dispensaries, nobody under the age of 21 will be allowed into the building. That includes backseat passengers too. And the shop is not allowed to display any marijuana that can be seen from the outside of the building.

The shop plans to cater to late-night shoppers, selling cannabis between the hours of 4 p.m. and midnight.

This isn’t the first recreational marijuana shop in the country to attempt a drive-thru service, but it may be the first one to do it successfully.

Green Life Oregon tried to open a drive-thru pot shop in Gold Beach last February, but the Oregon Health Authority shut it down on March 2, 2016. OHA said the shop was shut down was because it was less than 1,000 feet from two schools, KTVL reported. Green Life Oregon CEO James Rasmussen said multiple surveys had assured him the marijuana shop was over 1,000 feet from any school and was clear to open. But the school district later determined a high school baseball field was about 950 feet from the dispensary.

There are also some medical marijuana drive-thrus scattered across the country, including locations in Olympia, Washington, and Detroit, Michigan, according to Time Money.


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