Following an extensive evaluation and scoring process, the city of Aurora informed applicants Feb. 27 regarding which company was awarded the city’s 24th and last marijuana retail store license.
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 licenses being awarded. Applications were accepted a second time in late 2014 for those remaining three Ward VI licenses. However, only two businesses applied and both qualified for licenses, leaving the one license still to be awarded.
The application process for that license were accepted from Oct. 3 to Nov. 30, with application review occurring from Dec. 1 to Feb. 27. Four businesses applied for the license.
Applicants were required 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. Subject matter experts scored the business and operating categories through an independent evaluation process.
So far, 20 retail marijuana stores have opened in Aurora, with the remaining stores anticipated to open within the next year or two.
To read more about the Aurora Marijuana Enforcement Division (AMED), visit www.auroragov.org/amed. For more information, contact AMED at 303.739.7833 or email@example.com.