In 2012, Colorado legalized recreational cannabis use, and many firsts have been birthed as a result. In early 2016, another first will be unveiled in the Centennial State — a “weedery.”
Christian Hageseth is behind Green Man Colorado Cannabis Ranch and Amphitheater, the $35 million endeavor earning the title as the first ever weedery. The exact location of the project has yet to be disclosed, but is expected to be within 30 minutes of downtown Denver.
It will showcase its greenhouses with tours, and the property will also include a restaurant, gift shop, performance area, a rooftop bar and an in-house dispensary.
Anticipated design of Cannabis Ranch rooftop area.
Openly acknowledging his own enjoyment of cannabis, Hageseth points out that as a driven entrepreneur with a firm background in real estate, he shatters stereotypes concerning recreational cannabis users.
Hageseth anticipates others will try to build similar enterprises after this one opens. As a result, he and his associates are working very actively on the project. They are currently trying to raise $100 million for a development fund dedicated to expanding into Nevada, Massachusetts, California and Washington
People are expected to visit the property with a curiosity about cannabis. Hageseth explained,
“I can spend all day talking about marijuana. But it would mean more if you have 30 seconds of a personal experience.”
With intentions extending beyond simple business, Hageseth cites social justice concerns as a major component behind his desire to demystify marijuana.
“We incarcerate more people in the United States than any country. . . .We’ve turned it into a for-profit industry where people of color are doing time for drugs.”
However, Hageseth reports that his enterprise is not an effort to make a statement about what is right or wrong. Instead, he wants to put cannabis “back in nature and [let] people make their own decisions.”
Originally wanting guests to be permitted to enjoy the product while visiting Colorado Cannabis Ranch, at this time state law prohibits consumption in public areas. Hageseth believes the laws will change, and in the future plans to designate the roof as the smoking area. Until then, the weedery will be more like a liquor store than a bar.