Thursday, July 31, 2014

Manitou Springs opened to recreational marijuana today

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 5:18 PM

At around 4:20 p.m., the frantic staff at Manitou Springs' first recreational-marijuana store, Maggie's Farm, sold an eighth of an ounce of Jesus OG to Manitou Springs City Councilor Kevin “Sarge” Mac Donald and officially kicked off a new era in the small town. It also became the first RMJ store in El Paso County, and is one of two that will open in Manitou, along with Reserve 1, which is attempting to buy the building currently housing Wild Ginger.

Of course, it could all end with a vote in November, but until then people will be free to seek their leafy bliss on the eastern end of town. Between 50 and 75 people were lined up in the rain, as onlookers from the nearby gas station gawked at the proceedings. Somewhere in all this, a savvy Domino's driver pulled up to hand out coupons.

We'll have more tomorrow, including video of the proceedings before the doors were opened, but in the meantime enjoy some photos.


click to enlarge A crowd gathered at the adjoining gas station, watching the line grow. - BRYCE CRAWFORD
  • Bryce Crawford
  • A crowd gathered at the adjoining gas station, watching the line grow.
click to enlarge Manitou Springs City Councilor Kevin "Sarge" Mac Donald, left in pink, speaks to the media as the first Maggie's Farm customer. - BRYCE CRAWFORD
  • Bryce Crawford
  • Manitou Springs City Councilor Kevin "Sarge" Mac Donald, left in pink, speaks to the media as the first Maggie's Farm customer.
click to enlarge A harried staff preparing for the long line outside. - BRYCE CRAWFORD
  • Bryce Crawford
  • A harried staff preparing for the long line outside.



click to enlarge A terrible picture of edibles and related pricing. - BRYCE CRAWFORD
  • Bryce Crawford
  • A terrible picture of edibles and related pricing.
click to enlarge A selection of bud. Eighths are priced at $50, plus tax, ounces at $350. This is roughly twice the price of medical marijuana. - BRYCE CRAWFORD
  • Bryce Crawford
  • A selection of bud. Eighths are priced at $50, plus tax, ounces at $350. This is roughly twice the price of medical marijuana.
click to enlarge Mac Donald speaking to the assembled media. - BRYCE CRAWFORD
  • Bryce Crawford
  • Mac Donald speaking to the assembled media.

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