Colorado gets new drive-thru pot shop

Drive-thru marijuana dispensary opening in Colorado on 4/20

Drive-thru marijuana dispensary opening in Colorado on 4/20

Tumbleweed Express Drive-Thru, the nation's first first drive-thru marijuana dispensary, is shown in Parachute, Colorado, U.S., April 19, 2017.

It will be the first recreational marijuana shop to have cars actually pull into the building, thereby complying with state marijuana laws.

"I've been driving by the auto wash building a lot".

The Tumbleweed Dispensary in Parachute was built inside an old auto wash because customers have to drive inside the premises to make the transaction legal.

Owner Mark Smith, 58, was a pawn shop man.

"It's really a real estate issue", Smith said. "You really need something structured for a drive-thru bay, and the vehicle wash was ideal because it had drive-thru features to it". "So, it seemed like the flawless fit", Smith said.

"We think the drive-through is a very creative and innovative idea", Parachute Town Manager Stuart McArthur told the Post Independent in February. A lot of things lined up.

The Tumbleweed Express Drive-Thru will be open 4 p.m.to midnight Thursday through Sunday.

Officials with Colorado's marijuana regulator were not immediately available for comment on Wednesday, but were quoted in local media as saying the store would need to abide by statewide rules and bar people under 21 from the premises, even in the back of a vehicle.

Parachute is home to about 1,100 people and marijuana is big business in the small town.

Almost 30 percent of the town's tax receipts in 2016 were from marijuana sales, down from the previous year, showing that neighboring businesses are growing because of the new industry.

No food is allowed to be sold in the drive-thru.

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