Maggie’s Farm opens to a crowd in Manitou

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Maggie'sFarmDespite a day-long drizzle, around 75 customers turned out Thursday afternoon to be among the first patrons of El Paso County’s first retail marijuana store.

Colorado Springs-based Maggie’s Farm opened for business shortly after 4:20 p.m. Thursday.

The event, which some had foreseen causing traffic snarls and a parking nightmare, was organized and calm. The company hired Citadel Security and Investigation to direct drivers to overflow parking at the former car museum (135 Manitou Ave.) behind the store as customers formed a line that wrapped around the front of the recently renovated building.

Word had spread earlier in the week that the dispensary at 141 Manitou Ave. would open Thursday, and employees of the business announced that afternoon that they were aiming for a 4:20 p.m. opening. Although the open sign was turned on at the universally known “high time,” the store’s first customers — including Kevin “Sarge” Mac Donald, a Manitou Springs City Council representative for Ward 1 — entered the store about 15 minutes later.

The official grand opening of the store is Friday (today), according to an advertisement Wednesday in the Colorado Springs Independent.

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.

He said his plans to open had been pending a final walk-through inspection by the Pikes Peak Regional Department, which the shop was reported to have cleared Tuesday.

The legal dispensary 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.