Boulder County has issued its first retail recreational marijuana license to Karing Kind, a dispensary located a mile north of Boulder off of Foothills Highway.

The earliest the store could open would be Feb. 18 because owner Dylan Donaldson is still waiting on his state license.

That puts Karing Kind, 5854 Rawhide Court, on track, along with Terrapin Care Station, at Folsom Street and Canyon Boulevard in Boulder, to be the first two recreational marijuana stores in the Boulder area.

The Canary's Song in Nederland is still expected to be the first in the county, though that store has not announced an opening date. The Canary's Song currently is the only Boulder County retail marijuana businesses with a state and a local license. The business closed in late January for a renovation to allow the store to serve both medical and recreational customers. A message on the store's Facebook page said it may be open to medical customers this weekend, but the full opening likely won't happen until sometime next week.

Donaldson said the process with Boulder County has been relatively smooth.

Liz Donaghey, Boulder County's marijuana licensing authority, visited the dispensary Friday afternoon for a final inspection and handed over the county license.

Now Donaldson just has to wait for his state license.

Under state law, the Marijuana Enforcement Division cannot issue a license any sooner than 45 days from the date of application and must act within 90 days.

Spokeswoman Julie Postlethwait said the soonest that the division could issue additional retail licenses in Boulder County is Feb. 15. Because that's a Saturday and that Monday is a holiday, Feb. 18 becomes the effective date.

Terrapin Care Station already has a license from the city of Boulder and also could get its state license by Feb. 18.

At least four other Boulder dispensaries have or are on track to get city licenses and expect to open in late February or March.

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