It was all over the news when Aurora decided to allow recreational dispensaries within city limits -- but October 1, the date when those dispensaries could theoretically open doors, came and went without a puff of smoke. So what's the status with these 21 new recreational dispensaries? Here's what we could find out:
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Aurora residents can expect to purchase their first recreational cannabis without having to drive to Denver at Euflora, 6260 South Gun Club Road in Aurora. Staff at the Denver Euflora say they hope the Gun Club Road store will be open on Monday, October 13. Another Euflora license was allotted to a location at 4343 South Buckley Road, Unit E in Aurora, and residents can expect to see the doors open there early next year.
Terrapin Care Station, 11091 East Mississippi Avenue in Aurora, is expected to be the second dispensary to open within city limits, likely by Wednesday, October 15. The dispensary chain (which also has two stores in Boulder) purchased another license for a store at 11900 East 33rd Avenue, #1 in Aurora; it's shooting to open doors by mid-November.
The folks at Sweet Leaf, which has three Denver locations, are hoping that their store at 15200 East Sixth Avenue in Aurora will be open by November 1.
Medicine Man is another dispensary that snatched up a rec license in Aurora; we're told the shop at 1901 South Havana Street in Aurora is look at an early November opening.
You'll also find a Starbuds in Aurora at 1408 North Del Mar Parkway. It, too, is expected to open its doors by early November.
Colorado Harvest Company, another dispensary with an existing location in Denver, also purchased two recreational licenses in Aurora. The first to open should be the location at 11002 East Yale Avenue, Unit A; it has a projected late November opening schedule. The other location, at 114655 East Arapahoe Road in Aurora, will open in early 2015.
Rocky Road Remedies, a dispensary group with several locations in Colorado Springs, will open Rocky Road Aurora at 2224 South Fraser Street, Unit 6, in Aurora, by late November or early December.
And the Altitude dispensary chain plans to open Altitude Aurora, 10455 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, by early next year.
Other dispensary chains with new recreational licenses in Aurora didn't have information available about opening dates. Lightshade Labs will have two Aurora dispensaries, one at 5380 South Parker Road in Aurora and one at 503 Havana Street in Aurora. No word on when either is expected to open.
Good Chemistry, which has a store on East Colfax, has a license for a location at 16840 East Iliff Avenue in Aurora. No word on when that location will open for sales.
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The Green Solution snatched up a whopping four Aurora licenses, the most any single company holds in that municipality. Those stores will be located at 350 South Potomac Street in Aurora, 3179 South Peoria Street in Aurora, 1450 South Havana Street, Suites C&D in Aurora, and 14301 East Colfax Avenue in Aurora. No word on opening dates for any of those locations.
And there are three brand-new recreational dispensary names on the Aurora scene. A brand known only as "3LP" has two licenses, one for 6403 North Jackson Gap Street in Aurora and one for 1401 Peoria Street in Aurora. And Mountain States Group has received a license for 719 Billings Street in Aurora, too. No word on when any of these will be opening.