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Dolores pot shops get board approval

Town permits are conditional on obtaining licenses from state
The Dolores Town Board has approved applications for two marijuana stores downtown. The store owners must also obtain state licenses, and are in the process. (The Journal file)

Two marijuana shops plan to open in Dolores and are going through the permitting process.

Dolores voters approved commercial and retail marijuana sales in April 2020, and the town passed the Dolores Marijuana Code in January.

Patrick Labruzzo, co-owner of Canna and Company High Country Releaf, has applied to operate a retail marijuana store at 100 Railroad Ave.

Ryan Thomas Collier, owner of Zumacan Limited, has applied to operate a retail marijuana store at 102 S. Fourth St.

Both shops are planned for areas in town approved for retail marijuana stores.

Town officials said both applications have met the requirements of the Dolores Marijuana Code, and they were approved unanimously by the Town Board on June 24.

The applications were reviewed by the town manager, clerk, building official, marshal and attorney. The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office conducted background investigations on both applicants and found no issues that would disqualify them.

Both plans include a security system, sign plan, lighting plan and fire suppression system in accordance with the town’s Marijuana Code and building codes.

Before opening, applicants must apply for and obtain a license from the State of Colorado to operate the marijuana stores at the Dolores locations.

High Country Releaf is also required to obtain a conditional-use permit as required by the Dolores land-use code because it is adjacent to a residential home.

Labruzzo plans to lease and remodel part of an existing structure to house the High Country Releaf retail marijuana store.

Collier plans to lease and remodel the existing structure at 102 S. Fourth St. for his retail marijuana dispensary.

His initial plans called for two public entrances, one facing the alley, and possibly sales from a window. In response to concerns by town staff members and the county sheriff, Collier agreed to amend the plans and have just one public entrance facing Fourth Street.