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“I have people asking me constantly about when the first dispensary will open,” Fort Lupton Mayor Zo Stieber said during a recent City Council meeting. Unfortunately for Stieber, those questions will continue for a few months as the town of about 8,000 waits for an answer.
Located in Weld County about forty-minutes from Denver, Fort Lupton has never allowed dispensaries, with pot consumers currently driving to Thornton, Lafayette or Longmont to purchase retail marijuana. Fort Lupton voters approved marijuana dispensaries during the November 2020 election, but the City Council has been slow on moving the pot ordinance forward, postponing the implementation earlier this year before picking the project back up.
During a town hall meeting April 27, however, council members discussed a new timeframe for retail marijuana, with a target on late July to open for business applications. According to City Clerk Mari Pena, detailed zoning ordinances regarding where dispensaries can operate within the city will be presented during a public meeting May 13, with another public