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Manitou Springs retail marijuana shop opens, starting new era in El Paso County

By: Matt Steiner and Stephen Hobbs, The Gazette
July 31, 2014 Updated: August 1, 2014 at 6:57 am
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Laurie Phillips and Rob Lomas hang a sign for Maggie's Farm, a recreational marijuana shop in Manitou Springs, Colorado on July 31, 2014. For the first time, recreational marijuana was sold in El Paso County in Colorado. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

UPDATE: Maggie's Farm opened at 4:20 p.m. Thursday, becoming the first recreational marijuana store in El Paso County.

UPDATE: People are lining up outside Maggie's Farm in Manitou Springs. Doors are expected to open at 4:20 p.m., according to The Gazette's news partner KKTV

The Gazette's Stephen Hobbs is outside Maggie's Farm talking to potential customers. 

Lawrence Basco was waiting outside for the shop to open. "I'm just hanging," he said. "I got nothing to do."

 

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Maggie's Farm aims to open the first recreational marijuana store in El Paso County on Thursday. 

Owner Bill Conkling announced last week that the store would open Thursday, pending the results of the final inspection with Pikes Peak Regional Building. Maggie's Farm passed that hurdle Tuesday.

On Wednesday Conkling said that a "soft opening" of Maggie's Farm would likely be in the afternoon.

According to the manager, steady rain Tuesday and Wednesday has slowed Conkling and his workers from wrapping up the final details before opening the store. That added to the uncertainty of when the doors will open at 141 Manitou Ave.

Conkling and Maggie's Farm hold the only recreational marijuana store license in Manitou Springs, which legalized marijuana sales with a 6-1 City Council vote Jan. 21.

Manitou residents have the chance in November to overturn that ruling. A group of citizens turned in a petition in early July to place the issue on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Go to Gazette.com for up-to-the minute details on the opening.

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