By John Fryar
POSTED: 12/01/2017 07:17:49 PM MST
Longmont on Friday afternoon made public the names of the 13 companies that have applied for the chance to be among the four retail marijuana shops the city will eventually pick to operate inside Longmont’s city limits.
The city did not provide the locations that those companies have proposed for their marijuana stores, along with other details of each applicant’s proposal, but that information is expected to be made available sometime next week, according to Assistant City Manager Shawn Lewis.
Lewis said in a Friday email that the names of the companies that submitted applications by Longmont’s noon Wednesday deadline were:
• Boulder Alternative Care, doing business as The Green Room
• Green Tree Medicinals, doing business as Ancient Alternatives
• Lightshade Labs
• Yuma Way
• The Green Solution
• Brothers for Life, doing business as Starbuds
• Herbal Wellness
• Medicine Man Longmont
• RFSCPX, doing business as RootsRX Longmont
• Anaport Enterprises LLC
• Options Medical
• Terrapin Care Station
Peter Marcus, a spokesman for Terrapin Care Station, said in an email that his company is proposing to operate a marijuana sales shop at 650 20th Ave.
“The application process was actually rewarding for us because of the city’s thoughtfulness in including a community engagement portion,” he said.
Marcus said that “as part of the application process, Terrapin Care Station reached out to several nonprofits that have some really exciting programs in the community. We’re hopeful that we’ll be able to build and strengthen these relationships over many years of engagement as a business in the community.
“We look forward to hearing back from the city on our application, but we understand that they have a lengthy process ahead,” he said.
Information provided by Marcus describes Terrapin Care Station as “a consumer-focused cultivator and provider of high-quality medical and retail cannabis products since 2009. TCS is a full service seed-to-sale marijuana business,” which opened the first retail cannabis store in Boulder and has five storefronts on Colorado’s Front Range.
Lewis said that as of Friday afternoon, city staff had not yet been able to download the redacted application versions it got from four of the 13 applicants — versions that blacked out certain information about the companies and their security plans that is being kept confidential, for the time being, as well as details that will be made public about their proposed Longmont shop locations.
Because of that problem, the city was unable to publicly post the redacted applications on Friday, Lewis said.
“We will provide locations when we are ready to post the redacted versions online,” he said.
Under a policy the City Council approved earlier this year, the city was to give priority to two companies that already have state- and county-licensed marijuana shops in unincorporated Boulder County locations right outside Longmont — if those companies also agreed to seek annexation into the city.
Green Tree Medicinals, one of the applicants, now operates a marijuana sales shop in unincorporated Boulder County just outside of Longmont, at 12626 N. 107th St.
However, it was unclear on Friday afternoon whether Green Tree intends to seek city annexation of that site northeast of U.S. 287 and Colo. 66, in order to continue operating it as a city-licensed establishment, or is proposing another site elsewhere within Longmont’s current city limits.
An employee at Green Tree’s Longmont store asked that questions be submitted to that store’s general email address. No reply from the company could be reached immediately on Friday evening.
Native Roots, another marijuana chain, also has an unincorporated Boulder County dispensary just outside of Longmont, at 19 S. Sunset St.
But Native Roots’ name was not on the list provided by Lewis, and company spokeswoman Shannon Fender said in a Friday night email that “after careful consideration, Native Roots has decided not to pursue annexation into the city of Longmont.”
Owners, managers or spokespersons for the other applicants could not immediately reached for comment.