When it was just a few months old, Western Medicine Boutique was a small storefront in a nondescript neighborhood of Denver.
Its owner, Dan Smith, said it was “just an empty lot.”
But he said the business was quickly becoming a center of innovation for marijuana dispensaries across the country.
“We saw a lot of patients come in who were looking for an alternative to prescription opioids,” he said.
He recalled an incident in the spring of 2018 when a patient asked for a painkiller.
“The next day, he was back on the couch with his family.
The next day he was there again,” he recalled.
After another patient requested an opioid painkiller, Smith was able to get his own in-store supply.
Smith said he had been looking for a place to start a business for about a year when he met up with a fellow Denver dispensary owner and fellow entrepreneur.
Since then, Smith has opened Western Medicine, a dispensary in an industrial-style building that is the heart of Western Medicine’s production and distribution operation.
While the business is growing, Smith said it is still a small operation.
It has grown from three employees in January 2019 to about 40 employees now.
In 2017, Smith and his wife opened Western Medical’s first dispensary in Colorado Springs, where they bought a 1,200-square-foot space and opened a second dispensary in the same building.
By 2018, Smith’s business had expanded to more than 150 employees and it now employs more than 100 people.
Smith said his business is now doing well.
But Western Medicine is just one of a growing number of businesses that are starting to experiment with the new and different forms of marijuana in Colorado.
As Colorado voters consider legalizing marijuana for recreational use, many businesses are experimenting with how to create new, alternative ways of selling cannabis products.
In the past year, some companies have created “grow-your-own” products that allow customers to grow marijuana for personal use.
Other businesses are trying to provide patients with the medical marijuana they need by allowing them to grow their own cannabis in a safe and regulated manner.
One of the biggest innovations to come out of Colorado is the use of an entirely new method of medical marijuana delivery: the delivery of marijuana to patients through medical marijuana dispensaries.
The Denver-based CannTrust Medical Marijuana is one of the first companies to use this new method, which is similar to how marijuana is processed and sold in some states.
The company says that its customers can get their medical marijuana directly from a dispensary or a licensed grower, and they can even buy it at a dispensary.
CannTrust is also one of two companies to have begun accepting cannabis through the mail and to deliver it to patients directly to their homes, a move that is expected to open the door for many other marijuana dispensaries to start accepting medical marijuana.
But unlike the medical delivery methods used in other states, this new delivery method is not only safer and more efficient, it also allows for a more efficient way of distributing medical marijuana, according to David Gans, a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder who specializes in the medical-marijuana industry.
Gans said he expects that the CannTrust process will allow for a lot more of the marijuana dispensaries in the state to offer medical marijuana to their customers.
In addition, Gans said the delivery method allows for the distribution of medical cannabis directly to patients without having to deal with the hassle of transporting it across state lines.GANS, who is also an attorney, said that the new delivery option is “hugely important.”
“If we can make the delivery process simpler and easier, we can increase the number of dispensaries that are able to offer cannabis to their patients, and hopefully reduce the demand for medical marijuana,” he told ABC News.
“If there’s a problem with cannabis, then the more cannabis you have in your system, the more likely you are to have a problem.”
Gans added that the use to deliver medical marijuana in this new way also allows dispensaries to better monitor their patients.
“We can see, for example, whether patients are taking their medicine the right way, if there’s an issue with their cannabis or they’re not consuming enough, and if there are any side effects,” he explained.
The CannTrust medical delivery method has been widely used in states like California and New York, but it is not yet widely used elsewhere.
In Colorado, dispensaries that have not yet taken the CannConnect delivery method have been able to take advantage of a provision in the law that allows them to distribute marijuana directly to customers, and the dispensaries have been very cautious about doing so.
The Colorado Department of Revenue, however, has indicated that it is open to considering medical marijuana distribution options, including a new delivery system.
The department recently updated its policy on medical marijuana deliveries to state regulators, which said that any licensed medical marijuana provider who does not have