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Thornton's First and Only Dispensaries Will Have Familiar Faces

Sweet Leaf's Thornton location will be its eleventh store.
Sweet Leaf's Thornton location will be its eleventh store. Scott Letnz
Initially content with viewing the commercial cannabis experiment from the sidelines, the City of Thornton banned dispensaries back in 2010. That all changed last August, though, when the Thornton City Council lifted the ban and began considering applications for recreational pot shops.

A town of more than 136,000 people, according to U.S. Census estimates, Thornton has approached its burgeoning cannabis sector with more trepidation than Denver did, allowing just one dispensary in each of the city's four geographical quadrants. The council approved its fourth and final applicant in April, setting the stage for open recreational dispensaries as early as late summer.

Although Thornton officials say that none of the stores are close to finishing construction, the locations and licensees are set, and they're all familiar brands to consumers used to buying cannabis in Denver or Aurora.

Curious about what part of town they'll be in? Keep reading to see where Thornton's pot shops will be going, and what they might look like based on similar locations in nearby cities.


click to enlarge Green Dragon's Quincy Avenue location in Aurora. - GREENDRAGONCOLORADO.COM
Green Dragon's Quincy Avenue location in Aurora.
Green Dragon
5823 East 128th Avenue, Thornton
Eleven current locations

click to enlarge Medicine Man's Aurora locaton. - SCOTT LETNZ
Medicine Man's Aurora locaton.
Scott Letnz
Medicine Man
130 West 84th Avenue, Thornton
Two current locations

click to enlarge Rocky Road's Aurora location. - SCOTT LETNZ
Rocky Road's Aurora location.
Scott Letnz
Rocky Road
3901 East 112th Avenue,Thornton
Five current location

click to enlarge Sweet Leaf's East Evans Avenue location in south Denver. - SCOTT LENTZ
Sweet Leaf's East Evans Avenue location in south Denver.
Scott Lentz
Sweet Leaf
2551 East 120th Avenue, Thornton
Ten current locations

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Thomas Mitchell has written about all things cannabis for Westword since 2014, covering sports, real estate and general news along the way for publications such as the Arizona Republic, Inman and Fox Sports. He's currently the cannabis editor for westword.com.
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