Readers’ Debate Places Denver Dispensary Near Ice Cream Shop

A chain of marijuana dispensaries may soon open a new location near Bonnie Brae Ice Cream, a longtime landmark at 799 South University Boulevard. Silver Stem Fine Cannabis, a Colorado-based company with seven stores in the state, wants to transfer a license to 2331 East Ohio Avenue, just around the corner from the ice cream shop, and a city hearing officer has recommended the move.

Silver Stem has received support from nearby residents and business owners, including Brindle and Oak Wedding and Events and Bonnie Brae Liquor, which is around the corner, as well as Bonnie Brae Ice Cream herself. But some neighbors are fighting the store, saying the children will be exposed to marijuana.

In their comments on the Westword Post Facebook, readers offer many observations on this situation, as well as the marijuana market in general. Jason says:

“Exposing children to marijuana”? Current laws prohibit dispensaries from blatant displays promoting marijuana use, and it is illegal to use marijuana in public inside or outside the dispensary. So how exactly does a dispensary located there “expose” children to marijuana? Everyone also passes twenty dispensaries already every time they go anywhere…

Plus, it’s a little ironic that our country leads the world in obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. I don’t hate ice cream, but you have to see the irony…

Note Ryan:

There’s a liquor store next door. What is the problem ?

Christina adds:

I agree – and wouldn’t a dispensary increase its ice cream business? !

Gabby Deals:

Not only that, there is already a dispensary located on Gaylord and Mississippi, right next to Wash Park Grille, just three blocks away. Eye-roll inducing neighborhood behavior, for sure.

Suggests Coakley:

If you live in Denver and haven’t told your kids about marijuana, that’s your responsibility.

Clint replies:

Don’t worry, people… people will come in and go out. Your kids won’t know anything more than a lot of people with tie dye walk into THIS store.

Lewis Comments:

Weed turns out to be an unsustainable business in general. The market is visibly correcting itself and the dispensaries are closing. Who knows what will happen next, but continuing to bet on the industry in the meantime is stupid. Don’t say potheads; they want a dispensary on every street corner despite everything.

Against Nicholas:

Dude, how tall are you? With the start of any new industry, there is an influx of companies trying to get by. Over time, the less profitable ones close while the more profitable remain in business. This is Business 101 and says nothing about the market or the industry as a whole. Now go back to your Bud Light 12-pack and keep yelling at the neighborhood kids.

Raphael concludes:

Ice cream plus weed equals an awesome day.

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