It took a while, but dispensaries are now open in the largest city on the Western Slope.

Grand Junction voters approved allowing recreational cannabis sales nearly two and a half years ago, but slow movement from the local government and licensing department prevented any of the town’s ten dispensary licensees from opening until this year.

Lucky Me Dispensary became the first pot shop to open in Grand Junction on October 18, with the Colorado Weedery following closely behind last week. The other eight dispensary licensees have fewer than five months to open their doors before forgoing store permits, according to local rules, but they can apply for extensions.

Metro Denver has seen a handful of new dispensaries open, as well. The Center, fresh off a move from its longtime space on Leetsdale Drive and into a historic firehouse on South Broadway, hosted a grand-opening party over the weekend, while wholesale cultivator Shift Genuine Cannabis recently opened a store in Adams County.

Find more dispensary action below:

The Center600 South Broadway720-941-8872

Shift Dispensary9690 Dallas Street, Henderson303-287-2832

The Cannabis Depot3390 28th Street, Boulder720-242-7435

Trees12626 North 10th Street, Longmont303-772-3034

Colorado Weedery879 Struthers Avenue, Grand Junction970-314-7777

Lucky Me Dispensary2648 Patterson Road, Grand Junction970-424-0220

The Center (moved to 600 South Broadway)6853 Leetsdale Drive

Green Tree Medicinals (now Trees)12626 North 10th Street, Longmont

Callie’s Cannabis Shoppe291 Flatiron Crossing Drive, Broomfield

The Dab by Silverpeak4490 West 121st Avenue, Broomfield

Star Buds 256 South Wadsworth Boulevard, Lakewood

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