WP requests delay in retail pot license
County Attorney Alan Hassler gave a brief update on the Serene Wellness Retail Marijuana license application at the October 11 Grand County Board of County Commissioners meeting.
Hassler said the county is going to respond to the town of Winter Park’s motion for a preliminary injunction regarding the license for the Serene Wellness retail marijuana shop proposed for Winter Park. The request by the town of Winter Park is that the county be ordered to not issue the license until Winter Park’s challenge of the approval process of the license be decided by the court, according to Hassler.
Judge Mary Hoak signed a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on Monday, August 15. The TRO was requested by Winter Park and was directed at the BOCC and prevents the BOCC from holding additional Public Hearings related to the proposed marijuana retail business.
The Grand County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) moved to approve the retail marijuana license for Serene Wellness LLC in Winter Park in a 2-1 vote during their August 16 meeting. Commissioners Linke and Manguso moved to approve the license while Commissioner Tollett voted against approving it. The restraining order prevented the BOCC from issuing the actual retail marijuana store license to Serene Wellness as described in the Verified Complaint. Judge Hoak denied a second restraining order filed by Winter Park.
Serene Wellness is planned to be located in the same building as the Valley Hi Motel, which is considered unincorporated Grand County, though it is contained entirely within the borders of Winter Park.The reason that this area is unincorporated is due to a surveying error from when the town was incorporated in 1978.
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Winter Park could see marijuana dispensaries in town as early as 2022 after the town council approved retail and medical marijuana sales, as well as medical marijuana delivery services.