Report by Paula Antolini
April 21, 2017 8:15AM EDT
The Nation’s First Drive-Thru Marijuana Dispensary Opens in Parachute, Colorado on 4-20
“Tumbleweed Express Drive Thru,” the nation’s first drive-through marijuana dispensary, opened in Parachute, Colorado yesterday, on “4-20” of course, the Today Show, the Post Independent, and many other media reported today. The grand opening took place from 1 p.m. to midnight on April 20, 2017, and included T-shirt and sticker giveaways as well as food trucks.
Owner and CEO of Tumbleweed Express Drive Thru, Mark Smith, noticed that more and more people were knocking on the window of his marijuana shop to see if it was open. That same week a for-sale sign went up at the car wash across the street and Smith got the idea to open a drive-through marijuana store. The idea turned his local shop into an industry forerunner, reports the Post Independent. “I didn’t set out thinking this would be national news,” Smith said. “I didn’t have some big epiphany. I just saw a need for our customers,” said Smith.
The store must follow rules and regulations of state marijuana laws, so it is the first store to have cars pull into the building to obtain the marijuana product. Also no one younger than 21 is allowed in the premises, or even in the car as a passenger. Security and surveillance is required at the point of sale, no marijuana can be visible from outside the licensed premises, and basically the same laws are applied to the drive-thru as to a regular dispensary, said Smith.
The original Tumbleweed store opened in Parachute in February 2016 and has since expanded to Edwards, Eagle-Vail, Frisco and beyond. “Nearly 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” reports the Post Independent.
The Tumbleweed Express Drive-Thru hours are: open 4 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Sunday.