Terrapin Care Station is thrilled with news out of Longmont today in which the city granted the Boulder-based cannabis company a retail license.

Terrapin Care Station (TCS) will operate out of a former flower shop at 650 20th Ave., near 20thand Main Street. The 3,500-square-foot space is in the process of being renovated to meet customer demand in an expanded marijuana marketplace. TCS has tentative plans to open in the fall.

“This application shows that when a company plants local roots and commits to embedding itself within a community, neighbors will welcome you with open arms,” said Chris Woods, founder and owner of Terrapin Care Station. “We pledged significant resources to the Longmont community in an expansive community engagement effort. When Terrapin Care Station enters a new city, we like to become a part of that city. We look forward to continued growth with the Longmont community.”

TCS had one of the widest community engagement efforts of the 13 applicants in the competitive process. The company has pledged a first-year investment of nearly $100,000 in advocacy and the arts in Longmont. The pledge comes after the company has already contributed more than $250,000 to community events, nonprofits and advocacy organizations in other cities in which the company operates.

After exploring several opportunities in Longmont, Terrapin Care Station landed on five organizations to form partnerships with. Those organizations include:

  1. Out Boulder County
  2. Longmont Community Justice Partnership
  3. Centennial State Ballet
  4. Homeless Outreach Providing Encouragement (H.O.P.E.)
  5. The Reentry Initiative

Founded in Boulder in 2009 as one of the first medical marijuana providers, Terrapin Care Station has long been a neighbor to Longmont. Expanding into the community makes sense, as there has always been a synergy between the two communities. TCS operates two retail locations in Boulder; two in Aurora; and one in Denver. Longmont will make TCS’s sixth store in Colorado.

In addition to Colorado, Terrapin Care Station holds adult-use retail and cultivation licenses in Eugene, Oregon, and the company operates a medical marijuana “grower/processor” facility in Clinton County, Pennsylvania.

As part of the Longmont application process, Terrapin Care Station had to include background information, a site control plan, a business plan, a security plan, a community outreach plan, an odor management plan, and two optional plans. It was an extremely competitive process to select only the best operators.

“Our team worked incredibly hard to prove integrity and worth to the Longmont community,” said Shawn Coleman, government affairs director for Terrapin Care Station. “This application approval is a critical step forward in our efforts to form a long-lasting partnership with the people of Longmont.”