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Dispensary owners make plans to sell retail pot on 16th St. Mall

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DENVER –Two medicinal marijuana dispensary owners have applied for licenses to sell recreational pot on 16th Street Mall, reported The Denver Post Wednesday.

Jamie Perino, one of the dispensary owners hoping to do business on the popular downtown Denver stretch, told The Denver Post her goal is to open a retail shop by March 1, so long as she receives approval from the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.

She said she is looking to set up shop in a basement space of a three-story building on the corner of 16th Street and Tremont Place.

While Perino claimed she has received little opposition regarding her plans for Euflora dispensary, a downtown Denver resident did object at a public hearing Tuesday. According to the Post, the resident expressed concerns that a recreational pot facility on the 16th Street Mall would encourage illegal public smoking and attract other criminal activity.

Perino’s attorney responded that the area is an “appropriate location for this type of business” and the shop would have a positive effect on the area.

Native Roots Apothecary in the University Building at 16th and Champa Streets is the second dispensary that applied for a license to sell recreational marijuana on the 16th Street Mall, reported The Denver Post.

Brittany Morris Saunders, a spokesperson from The Downtown Denver Partnership, said the group helped develop some of Denver’s marijuana regulations, but she refrained from giving her opinion as to whether or not retail pot shops are good or bad for downtown Denver.

LoDo Wellness, one of 27 licensed retail pot shops in Denver, is located at 1617 Wazee St. and is the closest recreational dispensary to the 16th Street Mall.

Euflora and Native Roots Apothetcary would be the first ones to sell recreational cannabis on the mall.

For more on this story, visit DenverPost.com.