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The Green Solution, one of Colorado’s largest dispensary chains, controls nearly every part of the company’s marijuana production process: from seed to sale, and all things in between. But so far, it hasn’t ventured very far into social consumption.
Legal at the state level since 2020, marijuana hospitality establishments must be permitted by their respective local governments. The vast majority of city councils, town boards and county commissions haven’t yet broached the topic, but the Green Solution was successful in two that have, securing approval in Black Hawk in 2019 (that town had quietly opted into marijuana hospitality in anticipation of the then-upcoming law) and winning one of five local licenses in an Adams County lottery last year.
Yet even after securing permits for marijuana hospitality establishments in those two communities, the Green Solution decided to wait on opening any lounges or tasting rooms, says CEO Steve Lopez, and he can’t guarantee that they will ever appear. According to the City of Black Hawk, there is