Open late: Fraser approves extended hours for first marijuana dispensary
In the first utilization of Fraser’s recently changed marijuana ordinance, the town’s board of trustees approved extended hours for Silver Stem Fine Cannabis.
Silver Stem, located in the Fraser Valley Shopping Center, requested the board allow the store to remain open until midnight under the town’s newly amended marijuana ordinance. Currently, the store is open until 8:45 p.m. Monday through Saturday and on Sundays the store closes at 6:45 p.m.
Co-owner and chief executive of Silver Stem, Stan Zislis, said he felt his dispensary fit the criteria mentioned in the ordinance perfectly.
“Our store’s location in the Fraser Valley Shopping Center is a particularly appropriate location to be permitted to remain open until midnight, as it’s in a commercial area that is distinctly separate and distant from residential zoned districts,” he said. “In this location late night shoppers would not disturb area residents.”
Zislis noted that a new taproom is planned to open in the space below him with hours until 2 a.m. on the weekends and the Black Line for the Lift bus system runs between Fraser and Winter Park until 2 a.m.
He also suggested the extended hours might benefit the surrounding businesses by driving foot traffic and allowing them to stay open later as well.
“We’ve spoken to some of our neighboring businesses and they’ve indicated that if we are permitted to stay open later and it does in fact generate additional traffic, they may consider extending their hours further,” Zislis said.
Since Silver Stem will be the only dispensary in the county permitted to stay open past 9 p.m., it could be good for Fraser’s sales tax revenues too, he said.
Fraser trustee Katie Soles asked Zislis whether he was concerned about people smoking outside his store or in the parking lot, but Zislis explained they have signage up explaining where smoking is legal and the exterior is monitored by cameras.
The store’s location is also well lit and visible from Highway 40, which has deterred any illegal behavior in the time the store has been open, he said.
“We haven’t had any problems with crime or loitering,” Zislis said. “If anything happened, we would be sure to go out there and put it out, so to speak.”
With no opposition from the trustees, the board approved Silver Stem’s request 6-0, with Mayor Philip Vandernail absent.
“You guys get a lot of business, a lot of people going in and out, but it’s always professional,” said trustee Andy Miller shortly before the vote.
Following the approval of the board, Zislis said they would likely not begin offering extended hours until after mud season, around Memorial Day, and likely only on weekends.
“The plan is not to stay open until midnight every night,” he said. “It’s more to have the option whenever there are events, whenever it’s the high season in town, we’d like to take advantage of that.”
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