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Business owners report a financial strain due to the haitus and the hoops they had to go through to get back up and running.

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Samantha McCoy, 21 of Yuma, chooses from 10 different strains of marijuana while shopping at A Kind Place, a despensary for medicinal marijuana patients at 938 N. College Ave. Friday August 9, 2013. / Rich Abrahamson/The Coloradoan

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Fort Collins medical-marijuana stores now open

Best Colorado Meds, 810 N. College Ave.

Infinite Wellness Center, 900 N. College Ave.

Kind Care of Colorado, 6617 S. College Ave.

A Kind Place, 938 N. College Ave.

Organic Alternatives, 346 E. Mountain Ave.

Solace Meds, 301 Smokey St.

Applications pending

Best Colorado Meds, 1240 W. Elizabeth St. Has been approved by licensing authority, but has not yet passed inspection.

Canna King, 5740 S. College Ave., Unit B. Under review by licensing authority.

Cannabis Care Wellness Center, 5740 S. College Ave., Unit C. Under review by licensing authority.

Dyl’s Place, 1104 Academy Court, Unit 4. Multiple issues, nowhere near ready to be transmitted to licensing authority.

Elite Organics, 804 S. College Ave., Suite C. Approved by authority; pending inspections.

Headquarters, 121 E. Swallow Road, No. 115. Multiple issues, nowhere near ready to be transmitted to licensing authority.

Natural Alternatives for Health, 6712 S. College Ave. Pending approval of site improvement plan; can be sent to authority following that approval.

Peace in Medicine Center, 1228-1232 W. Elizabeth St., Unit C1. Under review by authority.

People licensed to use medical marijuana

(Month; Larimer County …Colorado)


January 4,914 …108,656

February 4,896 …108,951

March 4,813 …108,483

April 4,677 …107,262

May 4,591 …105,886

June 4,620 … 106,817


January 4,886 …85,124

February 5,008 …89,646

March 5,067 …93,393

April 5,098 …96,709

May 5,076 …98,910

June 5,016 …99,960

July 4,984 …101,220

August 5,061 …104,138

September 5,186 …107,666

October 5,064 …108,481

November 4,846 …106,763

December 4,909 …108,526


January 8,416 …118,895

February 8,447 …121,430

March 8,511 …123,890

April 8,530 … 126,005

May 8,508 …127,444

June 8,512 …128,698

July 8,204 …127,816

August 7,504 …121,476

September 6,022 …102,592

October 5,337 …88,872

November 4,811 …80,558

December 4,828 …82,089


January 4,821 …53,038

February 5,852 …64,733

March 6,481 …75,209

April 6,935 …82,944

May 7,217 …88,900

June 7,536 …95,477

July 7,704 …99,902

August 7,868 …103,468

September 8,006 …106,653

October 8,133 …110,000

November 8,236 …113,577

December 8,334 …116,198

Source: Colorado Department of Health and Environment


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Medical marijuana stores are back in Fort Collins, with six opening across the city in recent weeks.

As many as 14 are slated to open after voters in the 2012 election overturned a ban on the stores. After going dark for more than a year, the businesses are working to restart grow operations and attract clients.

“I have to build it up from scratch again,” said Donald Cruinkshank, 51, owner of A Kind Place on North College Avenue.

He opened his doors July 30 after paying four to five months’ rent while waiting for the city’s approval process. But on opening day, there was no line of customers outside.

“No rush,” he said. “It’s been pretty slow.”

And the costs to get rolling stack up. Ken Correia, owner of Solace Meds on Smokey Street, estimates about $60,000 spent on rent, licensing and other costs.

“Major strains not only on business, but on my personal financial situation,” he said. “I don’t know how a lot of the guys got through it. It was definitely difficult.”

The number of Larimer County residents who can legally shop in the stores is down to nearly half of its peak, with about 4,620 licensed medical-marijuana patients now living here. That is supplemented in part by visiting medical-marijuana users from elsewhere in Colorado.

But medical-marijuana vendors getting in business now could be tapping a gold mine when recreational sales begin in Colorado next year. In communities allowing recreational stores, the state is giving medical-marijuana dispensaries a head start on serving recreational users. They can begin applying Oct. 1 to serve anyone 21 and older. Any other potential business owner has to wait until July 2014 to apply, according to state regulations.

Future hazy for recreational marijuana in Fort Collins

Fort Collins city leaders are assessing the options for recreational marijuana stores and are expected to postpone any from opening until after March 2014. Loveland, Windsor, Greeley and other nearby communities already have banned the stores. Elsewhere in Colorado, such businesses could open as soon as Jan. 1.

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