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Colorado’s First Drive-Through Cannabis Shop Will Open Next Month

February 21, 2017
Sign on building directing cars to go through Drive Thru.
The western Colorado town of Parachute is getting a drive-through cannabis shop, believed to be the first in the state.

The Parachute Board of Trustees approved a business license for Tumbleweed Express last week, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent reported Saturday.

“As far as I can tell, we are not aware of this business model ever coming up before,” said Robert Goulding, spokesman for the state Marijuana Enforcement Division.

The business is expected to open in March in a former car wash.

Cannabis accounted for nearly 30 percent of the community’s 2016 sales tax revenue.

Tumbleweed Express also had to get approval from the Marijuana Enforcement Division, which said the store cannot allow anyone younger than 21 on the premises, even in the back seat of a car.

The business must also have security and surveillance, and cannabis may not be visible from outside the dispensary.

The car wash building will allow the goods to be screened from outside view.


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“We think the drive-through is a very creative and innovative idea,” Parachute Town Manager Stuart McArthur said.

Cannabis accounted for nearly 30 percent of the community’s 2016 sales tax revenue of just over $1 million, McArthur said. “The really good news is that other businesses are benefiting from it,” he said.

Travelers stopping to buy marijuana in Parachute are more likely to stop at restaurants and other shops, he said, helping an economy that was hit hard by a downturn in natural gas production.

Parachute Mayor Roy McClung said the town’s economy would have been in serious trouble without legalized recreational cannabis.

Statewide, cannabis sales brought in close to $200 million in taxes and fees last year, the Colorado Department of Revenue said.

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  • kristine08

    Connecticut is so behind Colorado and California. If only we did not restrict the amount of THC, and allowed gummies and hard candy’s for those who like sublingual route.
    The medibles that are sold right now are so weak, that they are not worth purchasing.
    We have no delivery service and we never will, The drive through is a great idea for those if us with ambulatory issues.
    We have come so far, but the outlook in the future does not offer us any light in the tunnel.
    I need stronger, sublingual choices as spinal pain is just too painful with what is now offered.
    My spine is deformed from waiting too long for surgery. I have scoliosis and was told my spine is “twisted”.
    I already had a 360 fusion and am now waiting for the last stage of XLIF. In the meantime. I suffer.