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Meg Krug weighs medicinal cannabis for customers at Dank Dispensary in Northeast Denver. (Helen H. Richardson, Denver Post file)

Editor’s note: This is part of The Know’s new series, Staff Favorites. Each week, we will offer our opinions on the best that Colorado has to offer for dining, shopping, entertainment, outdoor activities and more. (We’ll also let you in on some hidden gems). Find our previous Staff Favorites here.

You can’t drive more than a mile in my Northeast Denver neighborhood without running across a giant green pot leaf on the side of a building.

And yet, I’ve been loyal to the same dispensary ever since recreational cannabis become legal in Colorado starting Jan. 1, 2014. I stood in line there for hours on that first day, although I’ve tried dozens of others while writing about cannabis for The Denver Post and various national outlets. DANK Dispensary (3835 Elm St., Suite C) is still my favorite, by a wide margin.

Smart, friendly budtenders lord over a veritable candy shop of products, pushing the clever design, merch and paraphernalia to the side in favor of customer service (though they have all that other stuff, too). Their drive-up,

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Solomon’s mesmerizing mural isn’t the only local art on display at SWADE. In fact, most of the decor is the work of St. Louis talent, from the Dave Bour ceiling art to the Jermain Todd reclaimed Douglass fir benches.

Grass Monkey Cannabis Company

Courtesy of The McBride Company

Grass Monkey Cannabis Company

“Urban jungle” was the McBride Company’s inspiration behind this funky dispensary in South Portland, Maine. With not-so-subtle simian references (think a graffiti-covered, wheatpaste King Kong, a bloodshot Mona Lisa wearing a monkey head-shaped hat, and Reefer Madness movie posters) outfitting the walls, Grass Monkey is eclectic design at its finest. Plus, there’s no shortage of bespoke art, courtesy of Mural Art & Consulting’s creative director (and renowned street artist) Valentino Mikalef.

Johnnie Rush, the McBride Company’s head of innovation, suggests, “We treated the space as an immersive art gallery with pop culture-inspired sculptures—including our centerpiece, which is a custom six-foot-tall graffiti-laden banana, and hundreds of hanging wood slats with a gradient from green to yellow like a ripening banana—and numerous original paintings.”

Root’d in the 510

Courtesy of The McBride Company

Root’d in the 510

In Oakland, California, the McBride Company did the cannabis industry proud with its cleverly outfitted, Victorian-inspired Root’d. Split between a

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Acquires Three Operating Dispensaries in Northeast Pennsylvania

Purchase price represents a mid-single digit multiple of KCR’s expected 2021 EBITDA

NEW YORK and TORONTO, April 20, 2021 /CNW/ – TerrAscend Corp. (“TerrAscend” or the “Company”) (CSE:TER) (OTCQX: TRSSF), a leading North American cannabis operator, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire GuadCo, LLC and KCR Holdings LLC (collectively “KCR”) for an implied enterprise value of US$70 million (the “transaction”).  Upon close, the transaction will add three retail dispensaries located in Bethlehem, Allentown and Stroudsburg to complement the Company’s existing retail footprint in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

As an operator of three well managed dispensaries in the Northeast region of Pennsylvania, KCR expands TerrAscend’s retail footprint, diversifies the Company’s customer base and enhances margins through deeper vertical integration. The transaction will be immediately accretive upon closing, which is expected to occur in the second quarter, subject to customary regulatory approvals.

“The Pennsylvania medical cannabis market is a key focus for the Company,” said Jason Wild, Executive Chairman of TerrAscend. “This transaction doubles our owned footprint to six dispensaries in the state and provides patients in Pennsylvania’s Northeast region access to TerrAscend’s outstanding products, service, and support. This expanded retail footprint further

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At a board meeting in Lowville in Lewis County last week, Town Supervisor Randy Schell introduced a law that would bar marijuana dispensaries from setting up shop and would prohibit on-site consumption of marijuana at any local businesses.

“[The] town of Lowville wants to opt-out of cannabis retail dispensaries, and on-site cannabis consumption sites from being established to operate or operating within the town’s jurisdiction,” said Schelle at the board meeting.

When the state recently legalized recreational marijuana, it came with a provision that local municipalities could do exactly what the town of Lowville is doing if they so choose. Schell said the town board is against marijuana legalization in its entirety so he plans to take every action to restrict the substance in Lowville.

“This is the only chance we have to mitigate the impacts of the recreational use of marijuana in our jurisdiction,” said Schell.

However, one thing these restrictions cannot apply to is those who choose to grow cannabis.

“You can still grow twelve plants at your house,” said Schell. “You can have three pounds at your house if you want for your own personal use–we can’t do anything about that. All we can do is control

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Everyone at the Western Front cannabis dispensary in Chelsea looks up to Marvin Gilmore.

Not many would guess that a 96-year-old who has never used cannabis would want to build a dispensary. But for Gilmore, breaking into the cannabis industry was just another way to create opportunities for communities of color. As he put it, a way to find people who needed jobs and a better way of life.

“You take them off the street and give them something to do. Very important,” Gilmore said in a phone interview from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where he was recovering from a recent surgery. “There’s not many opportunities or ideas for us and so this came about when cannabis went mainstream, so we took it and we ran with it.”

Gilmore’s name is not a new one in Greater Boston, and this venture just another addition to a resume rife with accomplishments. He’s a World War II veteran and was the President and CEO of the Community Development Corporation of Boston for decades, staying involved from the 1970s until December 2014. He’s also a co-founder of the Unity Bank and Trust Company in Roxbury. And, Gilmore ran the Western Front club in Cambridge, a popular spot

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