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It’s A Waiting Game For Dispensary Owners In Fort Collins

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CBS4's Ty Brennan talks with dispensary owner Nick Dice (credit: CBS)

CBS4’s Ty Brennan talks with dispensary owner Nick Dice (credit: CBS)

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – Now that voters have ended the ban in Fort Collins on medical marijuana dispensaries, owners are now making plans to reopen.

One dispensary owner talked to CBS4’s Ty Brennan about his waiting game. For starters, he had to apply to the city for a permit at City Hall.

Nick Dice is hoping to reopen both of his Fort Collins medical marijuana dispensaries soon.

“All of our fees and everything will be submitted to the state and the city as of this Thursday,” Dice said.

Dice was the very first person to resubmit his paperwork to the city to reopen. This past November Fort Collins voters decided to let medical marijuana dispensaries reopen within the city just a year after voting to have them shut down.

“We had to move and reset up both stores and get the clientele base going as soon as possible,” Dice said. “It was really hard.”

Dice says he’s cautiously optimistic to reopen.

“We’re trying to come in with as little as expenses as possible,” he said.

So far eight applications have been filed with Wanda Nelson, the city clerk. Space for dispensaries is limited.

“Currently the process is only open to those folks who had licenses previously,” Nelson said.

When the dispensaries can reopen still remains to be seen.

“It can go as quickly as two months, it could take as long as five months, depending on what the background check reveals,” Nelson said.

“Everything we’ve done with the city up to this point has gone a lot smoother to this point than the last go-around,” Dice said.

Dice said he’s hoping to open the doors to his dispensary in about two months.

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