Aurora awards last retail marijuana store license

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AURORA | Aurora city officials today announced that the city’s 24th and final retail marijuana store license has been given to a company with three existing storefront locations in the city, according to a news release from Senior Public Information Officer Julie Patterson.

Following a lengthy application and evaluation process started last October, applicants were informed Feb. 27 that The Green Solution was awarded the remaining license in Council Ward VI in southeast Aurora. The store will be located at 19370 E. Quincy Ave.

A maximum of four retail marijuana establishments are allowed in each of the city’s six council wards, but only two applicants initially applied for licenses in Ward VI during the initial application period in mid-2014, with one dropping out prior to those licenses being awarded. Applications were accepted a second time in late 2014 for those remaining three ward licenses, however, only two businesses applied and qualified, leaving the one license remaining. 

Applications for the final license were accepted from Oct. 3 to Nov. 30 of last year; the review process began days later and lasted through to the announcement. A total of four businesses applied for the license.

Applicants had to meet minimum qualifications related to industry experience, criminal background, financial liquidity, staffing, security, air quality filtration, business and operating requirements, and fee payments, according to city ordinance. A point system was used for those applicants who exceeded the minimum qualifications in areas such as industry experience and security. Experts scored the business and operating categories through an independent evaluation process, according to the news release.

So far, 20 retail marijuana stores have opened in Aurora, with the remaining stores anticipated to open within the next two years. There was no information on when the new location for The Green Solutions will open.