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Oak Creek dispensary owner asks Kremmling town board to allow marijuana businesses

Lance Maggart
Sky-Hi News

Mark Wellstone, owner of the Blue Heron Dispensary in Oak Creek, addresses the Kremmling Board of Trustees on Jan. 16. (Photo by Lance Maggart)

KREMMLING — Marijuana was at the top of the agenda Jan. 16 in Kremmling as the town’s trustees heard a pitch from an industry insider who hopes the town opens itself up to the cannabis business.

Mark Wellstone, owner of the Blue Heron Dispensary in Oak Creek, spent several minutes explaining why he thinks Kremmling should allow retail marijuana businesses and highlighted his past business experience and small town roots as selling points.

“It is a huge honor and responsibility to be the owner of a business in the cannabis industry,” Wellstone said. “It is something I do not take lightly, whatsoever. There are a lot of eyes on the industry from small towns and communities like Kremmling that have chosen to take a more cautious approach to potentially embracing the industry.”

Wellstone said many cannabis business owners such as himself think of themselves as being “in the compliance industry first and the marijuana industry second,” in reference to the required adherence to state and local regulations regarding marijuana. Wellstone further stressed his experience working in the small community of Oak Creek and his roots in a small Minnesota town.

“I spent the last three-and-a-half years honing my craft and learning how to run a business like this in a small rural setting,” Wellstone said. “I know what it takes to operate in a town where not everybody embraces what you are doing. I have learned over in Oak Creek how to manage the concerns of the community and how to be respectful of those who don’t agree with what we are doing.”

Wellstone’s comments were preceded by the meeting’s public-comment period, during which one local resident stood and asked the board not to open the community to marijuana businesses.

Kremmling currently does not allow any marijuana-related business ventures within the town’s formal boundaries.

The board took no formal action regarding Wellstone’s request during the meeting.

This story is from SkyHiNews.com


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