In January, Councilman Kevin MacDonald was one of the six votes that allowed retail sales of recreational marijuana in Manitou Springs. Nearly eight months later, MacDonald was his city’s first legal recreational marijuana customer.
“I’m a sativa person, medically it worked for me,” MacDonald said, describing the type of marijuana he prefers.
MacDonald understands that the decision was controversial to allow the first recreational marijuana shop in El Paso County, but he says people don’t even need to come inside Maggie’s Farm to understand why he voted to allow recreational marijuana sales.
“This building was a run down, beat up building. It’s creating jobs. We appreciate them and we hope they do well,” MacDonald said.
While MacDonald was technically the first customer, Troy Young waited over four hours to be first in line.
“I’m glad to be a part of this. I’m glad to be able to do what I would like to do as an adult,” Young said.
Eager customers like Young not the only one’s creating advantage of the buzz and a line stretching over 50 deep. Even an enterprising employee from the Domino’s Pizza down the street handed out coupons for a free side with a purchase of a pizza.
“You got them coming here, then they’re going home and they’ll want to eat,” Rachel Rushing said.
Just under an hour’s drive to the south, Rick Hooper, the General Manager of “The Spot” recreational marijuana store in Pueblo West says he isn’t worried about the new competition.
“Competition is good, it’s a healthy competition,” Hooper said. “The biggest thing we have going on here is we have more strains than anywhere else and at the end of the day, the best bud will win.”