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Apr 20, 2017 12:00 PM

First Drive-Through Weed Shop to Be Opened in Parachute

Mark Smith, the CEO of a Parachute weed store, has recently decided to expand his business in a way no one else did before. One day, he was working late in his little pot shop, Tumbleweed, and noticed that more and more people knocked on the store’s window to find out whether it was still open. On that evening, he suddenly realized that a late-night service was his key to success. The same week, Smith saw a for-sale sign at the car wash across the street. The new idea was going to turn a little cannabis shop into an industry forerunner.

Colorado Prepares for Its First Drive-Through Cannabis Shop
Colorado Prepares for Its First Drive-Through Cannabis Shop
With both medical and recreational marijuana legalized, Colorado is currently one of the most pot-friendly states. Its authorities are making significant steps forward in developing the cannabis industry in the state and establishing new measures for making weed more accessible to the citizens and visitors of Colorado. In addition to numerous dispensaries, the state will soon have its first drive-through cannabis shop.

In just a couple of days, numerous national programs, including the "Today Show," went to Parachute to see Mark Smith who decided to open the nation's first known legal drive-thru cannabis shop. The businessman was really surprised with such popularity since he was only trying to satisfy the needs of the store’s customers.

The new shop will be the first recreational weed store to have cars pull into the building, thereby complying with the state cannabis laws. It will also need to meet all the requirements and regulations that apply to every local dispensary. Therefore, Tumbleweed would need to follow three main rules.

  1. Nobody younger than 21 should be allowed on the premises, including people in the backseat of the car.
  2. Security and surveillance should be present at the store.
  3. No cannabis or infused products should be visible from the outside of the premises.

The cannabis industry has already helped the town's stagnating economy. Parachute had lost about a third of its sales tax revenue because of a significant decrease in natural gas development. However, the town's sales tax amount grew 70 percent between 2015 and 2017, mostly because of the new marijuana laws and increased herb’s sales. The financial resources provided by the industry allow starting plenty of new capital projects in the town.

The Tumbleweed Express Drive-Thru will be open from 1 p.m. to midnight on April 20. The opening celebration will include sticker and T-shirt giveaways as well as food carts. Live DJ and vendor’s presentations of new cannabis products will also be present on the day of the opening.

The new shop will work from 4 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Sunday.