Town asked to lift ban on retail marijuana with no change in sight

photo by Kim Cameron | Mark Wellstone owner of Blue Heron Dispensary addresses the board.
photo by Kim Cameron | Mark Wellstone owner of Blue Heron Dispensary addresses the board.

During Wednesday night’s town meeting, Mark Wellstone, owner of Blue Heron Dispensary, asked the town trustees to consider lifting the ban on marijuana sales in Kremmling. He would like to begin a retail marijuana business in Kremmling. Wellstone outlined advantages
of a marijuana dispensary and the “opportunities the business could bring to a small town.” For the last 3 1/2 years he says he has run his business in Oak Creek, Colorado with small town values. He highlighted more tax revenue from a new business and additional revenue from local shoppers who don’t leave town for items they need and end of up doing all of their shopping away from home.

In addition, he noted the additional tax revenue could be used for Kremmling schools, local law enforcement, libraries, and other programs. As a business owner, Wellstone emphasized professionalism, community relationships, community involvement, sponsorships,
and support of local events. In addition to traditional marijuana products, his shop also includes CBD products and pet products.
Local, Lydia Dell was among audience members who voiced their concerns and asked the board “to count the cost of the other sides of things.” She also pointed out the availability of marijuana elsewhere.
Historically Kremmling residents have not been in support of a local marijuana business. To lift the ban, Trustee Erik Woog suggested a vote at the ballot box to indicate support from residents. He commented it was the board’s responsibility to represent what constituents want.

The board made no official actions concerning marijuana sales in Kremmling and did not indicate they would pursue it further.