April 23, 2017

Drive-thru pot stores are now a reality

21 April 2017, 02:11 | Rodolfo Wallace

Colorado's first drive-thru pot shop opens on 4/20 (of course) in Parachute

Drive-thru marijuana dispensary opening in Colorado on 4/20

In two days, camera crews from the "Today Show" and other national programs will be on hand to see Smith open what will be the nation's first known legal drive-thru marijuana shop.

The first USA drive-through marijuana dispensary is set to open on Thursday in a small town in Colorado, a state that has been at the forefront of pot legalization.

When the "for sale" sign went up on the Valley Car Wash in Parachute, Colo., Mark Smith didn't waste a second.

Local marijuana dispensary Tumbleweed made a decision to cave to requests for marijuana after dark when the vehicle wash across the street went up for sale. "I just saw a need for our customers", CEO Mark Smith told local media. "So, it seemed like the ideal fit", Smith said. So he bought the auto wash and set to work transforming the vehicle bay into a new place to sell his wares.

Smith said he was taken aback by all the attention. A lot of things lined up.

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"We think the drive-through is a very creative and innovative idea", Parachute Town Manager Stuart McArthur told the Post Independent in February.

Everyone in the auto has to be 21 or older and occupants will have their IDs checked twice - once outside and then again once they pull into the dispensary.

Parachute is home to about 1,100 people and marijuana is big business in the small town.

The shop will be open from 4 midnight, Thursday thru Sunday.

Almost 30 percent of the town's tax receipts in 2016 were from marijuana sales, down from the previous year, showing that neighboring businesses are growing because of the new industry.

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