Five years ago, that would have been astonishing. In six weeks, it will be a non-event – another familiar storefront along Manitou Avenue.
But yesterday was opening day
for Maggie's Farm
in Manitou, as shown in this video by our online-content coordinator Craig Lemley
. People lined up early in the morning, before the store's 4:20 p.m. opening had been widely announced. The Race Car Museum Outlet loaned Maggie's its parking lot for the day – event security reported the adjacent gas station had a few stray cars ticketed earlier.
By request from the owner, Manitou Springs City Councilor Kevin "Sarge" Mac Donald
was the first customer.
While he spoke with the staff and perused the well-lit glass case of bud jars, the line of customers waited patiently outside. Local Domino's employee Rachel Rushing came by with a show of goodwill — coupons for a free side with the purchase of a pizza. Rushing says she noticed the line and, during a lull in business, asked her manager if she could drop by. She also says she might talk to the manager at Maggie's about putting a few Domino's coupons by their checkout counter.
"I think businesses can help [each other]," she said.
The pot store will be open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.
Right now, anyone over 21 can go to Manitou and buy weed from a clean, well-lit store.