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Pot remains the buzz in Vail Valley

Sarah Mausolf
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Vail, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyTree Line Premier Dispensary bud tender David Bird puts dutch dragon marijuana back into a jar after displaying it on his scale Monday at the Eagle-Vail, Colorado dispensary.
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VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – A Vail Valley man plans another medical marijuana dispensary in Edwards.

Meanwhile, a different dispensary celebrated its grand opening Monday in Eagle-Vail, and a woman who wants to launch one across the street faces opposition from a neighboring business.

Real estate attorney Michael Weisser plans to open Rocky Mountain High Pain Management on Thursday in the former UPS Store in Edwards.



He’s using the profits to set up a foundation to benefit children with cancer. The foundation will honor his wife, Daria S. Weisser, who died from pancreatic cancer last November.

“My wife passed away of pancreatic cancer and I wanted to do something in her memory,” the longtime Edwards resident said. “I’m very supportive of children who are suffering from crippling diseases.”



Weisser plans to sell organically-grown medical marijuana from the clinic. Customers can also get massages and acupuncture, he said. Weisser has leased space for the clinic at 0105 Edwards Village Blvd C-104.

Weisser said the facility is the first of 15 clinics he intends to open in Colorado.

Eagle County adopted temporary regulations limiting where dispensaries can operate. Contacted about Weisser’s dispensary, county attorney Bryan Treu said this was the first he had heard about it.



“If it complies with the temporary regulations, then it would be allowed,” he said.

Weisser is the third entrepreneur to open or propose a marijuana dispensary in Edwards.

Monday also marked the grand opening of a dispensary above Paddy’s Sports Bar and Grill in Eagle-Vail.

Dispensary owner Bryan Swanton said a variety of patients ranging from their mid-20s to 60s have stopped in.

“People have been very friendly, very happy, very appreciative,” he said.

Patients walk into a casual lobby with a leather armchair, L-shaped couch and reggae music playing softly in the background.

They consult with a “bud tender” in an office decorated with vintage record covers. Glass jars filled with 11 different strands of marijuana sport labels like “Dutch Dragon” and “Blue Shark.”

Bud Tender David Bird said he’s seen patients suffering from all kinds of illnesses, including glaucoma and AIDS.

“It feels good to be able to provide this kind of care for people who have needed it for so long,” he said.

Across the street, Avon resident Heather Blaine has been meeting with some resistance about opening up a dispensary in a shopping center off U.S. Highway 6. Kathy Peplinkski, owner of neighboring business P. Furniture and Design II, said she’s concerned the smell will drift into her furniture store. Medical marijuana belongs in an office or medical setting, not a retail complex, she argues.

“It just doesn’t fit in the mix of our strip mall,” she said. “The smell is atrocious.”

Steven McDonald, landlord for the shopping center, could not be reached for comment. Mark Schmidt, vice president of neighboring business Thurston, Inc., said he works closely with McDonald.

“We’ve signed no leases,” he said. “We’ve taken no money. The opportunity presented itself for this business to be evaluated.”

They’re examining how the business fits into federal laws on medical marijuana.

Blaine said the smell from medical marijuana wouldn’t be a problem.

“There’s certainly measures that can be taken like vent systems and things like that that can help send the air out,” she said.

Blaine hopes to open her dispensary by Wednesday.


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