January 28, 2023

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Hayden’s first cannabis dispensary opens for business

Mark Wellstone and Cherie Sanders have opened Anna Dispensary in downtown Hayden. The dispensary results in being Hayden’s first.
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HAYDEN — It is taken far more than a 12 months for proprietors Mark Wellstone and Cherie Sanders to open the doors of Hayden’s to start with marijuana dispensary, but now that Anna Dispensary is finally open for organization, the homeowners are thrilled to transfer ahead.

“It’s surreal,” Sanders reported. “We have been functioning for so very long, and so tough to get this open up.”

The business enterprise opened Oct. 15, but the two entrepreneurs are scheduling to rejoice the grand opening Nov. 12-14. That celebration will contain specials that Wellstone, who also owns Blue Heron Dispensary in Oak Creek, reported he hopes will convey individuals in to see what his new 800-sq.-foot retail house is all about.



Doing work by means of COVID-19, the two demolished a neglected creating at 735 E. Jefferson Ave. and replaced it with a new, welcoming and modern day area.

The small business been given approval from the town of Hayden in April 2019 and was licensed by the state in July. Following the acceptance there was some discussion about altering the ordinance to keep dispensaries off Hayden’s Main Avenue, but Hayden City Supervisor Mathew Mendisco reported people conversations did not implement to Anna.



“The discussions arrived up afterward,” Mendisco said. “I consider there was some original query as to what those demands have been, and I assume we cleared these up as workers quite speedily. The specifications and the conversations that happened afterward were really framed close to the subsequent software that could arise.”

On the other hand, Mendisco mentioned all those conversations ended with no adjustments to the ordinance.

That ordinance, which was accredited in 2019, calls for dispensaries to be 1,000 toes absent from youngster and working day treatment facilities, colleges, drug and liquor therapy amenities, public parks, libraries and other recreational areas. It also needs them to be 150 feet away from transportation channels, like Yampa Valley Regional Airport and U.S. Highway 40 as it goes by town.

Wellstone feels the downtown site will serve equally locals and people touring to the area for trip. He is hoping that travellers arriving at Yampa Valley Regional Airport will occur into Hayden for their hashish needs.

“We want men and women to get off the airplane and question their cellular phone wherever the closest dispensary is found,” Wellstone claimed. “Then when they see it’s only a 50 percent-mile absent, we are hoping they will convert left.”

In addition to travels, Wellstone understands the worth of area clients.

“I grew up in a smaller town myself, and I’m applied to catering to locals,” Wellstone said. “It’s form of awesome to be in a spot where by everybody’s seriously appreciative to have you in town, and we’re going to be a shop that undoubtedly caters to locals.”

The wide variety of merchandise available at Anna consist of pre-rolls (a completely ready-to-go joint filled with hashish), blunts (cannabis inside of a cigar wrap) and edibles (cannabis-primarily based food stuff products).

The shop also provides CBD items as very well as equipment. The retail store is continue to ready for the arrival of branded solutions like T-shirts and hats, but he expects them to arrive any working day.

“We have a minimal little bit of almost everything, and want to make positive whoever walks in the doorway can come across a little something that they like,” Wellstone said. “Being brand name new, of class, we’re continue to creating up our stock.”

Anna is effective with community companies like Sincere Cannabis, Binske and 1st Make any difference out of Oak Creek, as very well as Wyldfire, which would make edible gummies, based out of Steamboat Springs. Consumers will also come across Wana Makes, Willie’s Reserve and 1906 in the new keep, which will also aspect organic growers like AJ’s Farm and Hava Gardens.

“We seriously pleasure ourselves on carrying prime-course flower,” he mentioned. “I’ve had a opportunity over the final 6 years with my other store to actually get to know a whole lot of the growers in the condition, so I’ve received a handful of growers that I assume are major notch.”

Sanders feels that although some dispensaries are vertically integrated — which is when a enterprise both equally makes and sells its solution — the standalone thought of Anna will allow the retail store to offer a vast variety of alternatives.

“Cannabis has normally been a section of my daily life. I grew up in Chicago, and moved out west and fell in adore with the mountains,” Sanders mentioned. “I’ve always known I wished a retail area.”

Anna Dispensary is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.