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After sitting out for the first seven years of recreational marijuana sales in Colorado, Buena Vista is close to issuing the town’s first recreational dispensary licenses.

As a handful of mountain towns cashed in on tourists once retail pot sales began in 2014, Buena Vista only allowed one medical dispensary to operate, with local laws restricting sales to registered medical marijuana patients only. However, Buena Vista voters approved recreational dispensaries during the November election, allowing up to two retail pot shops to open in town.

Ascend Cannabis, the town’s lone medical dispensary, plans to incorporate recreational sales and modify the store, according to owner Scott Embree, who is “not sure of a time frame” regarding the conversion but says he is looking forward to serving medical patients and recreational customers going forward.

Ascend’s premise modification has been approved by local and state regulators, according to Embree, giving rhe operation a head start toward becoming the town’s first recreational dispensary. There were twenty applicants to become Buena Vista’s

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