Colorado Springs-based medical marijuana vendor Maggie’s Farm will open the region’s first recreational dispensary Thursday in Manitou Springs, according to reports.
Despite the company’s advertisement in the Colorado Springs Independent Wednesday indicating that the first official day of business will be Friday, Aug. 1, local media outlets have reported that owner Bill Conkling intends to do so a day earlier.
Conkling told the Business Journal earlier this month that he hoped to open El Paso County’s first retail marijuana store by the end of July (tomorrow). Manitou Mayor Marc Snyder confirmed Tuesday that Conkling was on track to meet that goal.
“As far as I know, Maggie’s Farm has cleared all hurdles and will open July 31st,” Snyder wrote in an email.
Conkling said his plans to open were pending a final walk-through inspection by the Pikes Peak Regional Department, which the shop was reported to have cleared earlier this week.
The legal dispensary at 141 Manitou Ave. is permitted by state and local agencies to sell both medical and recreational THC products in the 5,100-person town.
Manitou Springs City Council gave Conkling final approval in May to go ahead with its recreational store. Since then, the 1,581-square-foot former muffler shop at 141 Manitou Ave. — located just off U.S. Highway 24 and conveniently next to a Loaf ’N Jug — has been renovated and the lot surrounding has undergone significant infrastructural upgrades.
This will be the fifth Maggie’s Farm location; there are currently two medicinal shops in Colorado Springs, one in Cañon City, and another dual-purpose store in Pueblo West. The business will be similar to the company’s existing medical dispensaries in Colorado Springs, Cañon City and Pueblo, he told the Business Journal earlier this month.
Conkling was unavailable for comment Wednesday morning.