Native Roots opens as Grand Junction's fourth Pot shop

Native Roots opens as Grand Junction's fourth Pot shop

Grand Junction’s fourth recreational marijuana store opened late last week, with Native Roots starting business Thursday.

The company celebrated opening with a ribbon-cutting Tuesday.

Native Roots CEO Jon Boord praised the staff’s efforts to get their space, located at 683 Horizon Dr. Unit 110, open.

“They worked really hard over the past few weeks, few months to get this store open,” Boord said. “If you go inside, I hope you do, it’s gorgeous. We put a lot of thought into how we want to open this up. We’re excited to be here.”

Grand Junction voters approved retail marijuana in the city in April 2021. A lottery was held to decide which 10 applicants would be awarded retail marijuana business licenses March 30.

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Native Roots employees celebrate the store’s open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday The fourth recreational marijuana shop in Grand Junction officially opened last week.

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“In cannabis, things take a long time,” Boord said. “People are trying to figure out what the process is supposed to be and doing it right is the thing I think the industry in Colorado has always done it and Native Roots has been part of that since 2009.”

Native Roots started as a medical dispensary in 2009, and now has 21 stores across Colorado.

“This is our first, obviously, this far west, and we’re excited to be here,” Boord said. This is an amazing community. Native Roots is very proud to be here.”

Native Roots COO Beth Kotarba said the Grand Junction location will carry a wide variety of products, and will have a medical license in order to provide medical marijuana products, which are generally stronger than recreational products.

Native Roots is partnering with Community Food Bank, by donating $2,000 and doing a food drive in its store. People can donate food at Native Roots, and if they do they’ll receive a little gift from Native Roots.

Native Roots, which opened last week as Grand Junction’s fourth recreational marijuana shop, will have the city’s first medical marijuana catalog. The medical marijuana catalog will be available in 1-2 weeks.

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Native Roots joins Lucky Me Dispensary, Colorado Weedery and Grand Junction Greenery as the retail marijuana stores open in Grand Junction. Six more stores have yet to open, including four that have received approval from the state of Colorado as of Dec. 1: The Garage at 545 Colorado Ave., Golden Rookie at 605 Grand Ave., The Buzz at 1022 North 3rd St., and The Green Horizon at 739 Horizon Dr. Unit B.

“We just are excited to be here and we really want to be the dispensary of choice in Grand Junction,” Katorba said.

The city set up the lottery for two licenses to be picked for the Horizon Drive Business District, which are The Green Horizon and the Grand Junction Greenery at 762 Horizon Drive. Native Roots is outside the business district.

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