By Jospeh Lekarczyk
Earlier this summer, and after a lengthy public hearing process, the Lyons Board of Trustees (BOT) passed an ordinance which essentially capped the number of medical marijuana centers at the existing four (Lucky
Farms, Headquarters, The Bud Depot, and Lyons Finest Confidential Care) establishments, with the provision that the number would go down to two should any of the centers go out of business. The ordinance also said that no center could be located within 1000 feet of a school which meant that Headquarters, located just west of Third Avenue on Main Street, would have to find a new location by December 31 of 2011, or shut its doors.
Recently, three out of the four centers have filed paperwork to hold public hearings to verify or amend their business licenses. The public hearings to address these amendments to the three current licenses will be at the July 18 Board of Trustees meeting in Town Hall at 7 p.m.
Lucky Farms, which was located in the Lyons Excavation building at the top of Fifth Avenue, has taken down their sign, vacated the premises, and is now asking the BOT for permission to relocate their center to 138 Main Street (Lyons Village Central Plaza). The Bud Depot, which is currently located in the Lyons Village Central Plaza, is seeking local verification for the medical marijuana center. This means they have submitted their paperwork to the State of Colorado, and are looking for verification from the Town of Lyons, that The Bud Depot is a medical marijuana center, located at 138 Main Street, and is in good standing as far as sales tax declaration and incompliance with local ordinances. The third center, Lyons Finest Confidential Care, has been sold, and is requesting a transfer of the license from the former owner, Dan Ballard, to the new owner, Daniel Yim, a Denver businessman. The only medical marijuana center not requesting anything of the BOT at this meeting is Headquarters. Owner Matt Rheingold is out of town on vacation, but every indication is he is continuing his search for a new location in Lyons.