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Callie’s Cannabis Shoppe delves right into the competitive weed waters of Denver.
The company is less than a week away from opening not one but two new Denver pharmacies: 3054 Larimer Street and 777 Canosa Court, both former Botanico locations.
The Northglenn-based operation didn’t respond to requests for comment, but a sign on the front door of the Larimer Street spot indicates that the shop is closed for renovations. There are already tabs on the pharmacy’s website for Callie’s new Cannabis Shoppe locations, which are expected to open on June 1st.
The Larimer Street location is currently under renovation.
The move triples the number of Callie storefronts in the subway and will be the brand’s first foray within the Denver city limits.
This is the state’s most competitive weed market, with sales of approximately $ 178.5 million in pharmacies in the first three months of 2021, according to the Treasury Department. But the independent pharmacy company, owned by the Craumer family, which also includes Star Buds pharmacies in Niwot and Longmont, has built a loyal following since opening the first Callie’s in Northglenn in 2019. This location just won Westword’s Best of Denver Award 2021 Best Pharmacy for a Stoner.
Both Denver stores have recreational sales. The Canosa Court location also has an active medical license with the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division. Callie’s has not yet announced whether the Canosa Court Store will offer medical sales.
Botanico’s social media posts stated that both stores were open from April 25th. However, MED records show that Callie’s took control of the stores in May.
Botanico, which has been open on Larimer Street since 2009, acquired Canosa Court’s pharmacy in Pandando in 2020 and renamed it Botanico 2. However, Botanico was soon disciplined by the MED and eventually agreed to donate more than $ 200,000 to the Paying DOR after being accused of violating marijuana codes in connection with paying taxes and royalties.
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Thomas Mitchell has been writing about everything cannabis-related for Westword since 2014, covering sports, real estate, and general news en route to publications like the Republic of Arizona, Inman, and Fox Sports. He is currently the cannabis editor for westword.com.