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Application for MMJ shop in prominent OCC location

       A prominent commercial space in Old Colorado City will become a medical marijana (MMJ) dispensary, assuming that the necessary licenses can be obtained from the city and state.

An application has been submitted to the City Clerk's Office to put a medical marijuana dispensary at 2419 W. Colorado Ave. (left). A current dispensary by the same company, with bars on the windows and doors (right), operates in a shopping center near Austin Bluffs and Academy.
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       The location is 2419 W. Colorado Ave. - a single-story, 3,053-square-foot building with a fully glassed 30-foot storefront.
       An application was filed April 9, according to the City Clerk's Office, the local licensing authority. An office spokesperson said that the required review - also involving the state, which issues its own license - typically takes three to five months, meaning the earliest the business could open would be July.
       Called a “medical marijuana center” in city regulations, a dispensary is where up to two ounces of pot can be bought at a time by people given “red cards” by doctors after examinations affirming their claims of pain.
       The applicant is a company that goes by the business name of J.P. Labs. This would be the second MMJ center by that name in Colorado Springs. The first opened in December at 4344 Montebello Drive (a neighborhood shopping center near Austin Bluffs and Academy), city records show.
       If the owners mimic the Montebello storefront appearance in Old Colorado City, steel bars will cover the storefront and its glass will be darkened to reduce the ability to see inside, and people seeking admission will need to ring a buzzer beside an also-barred door. At 2419, a sign on the glass now states “JP” in big white letters on a green background, accompanied by the cross logo of MMJ and the words “coming soon.”
       The Westside Pioneer left a phone message in April at the Montebello store, but got no call back.
       The business' application for 2419 W. Colorado was submitted after the property changed hands in February from Glenn and Ruth Bjustrom, who had owned the property since 2005. The County Assessor's Office lists the new property owners as Charles and Janet Divitto.
       The building previously housed a gift shop and before that an art gallery.

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