Marijuana: Boulder's Dandelion Dispensary reopens after bizarre bear-mace robbery
Just checked in with the Boulder Police Department, and spokeswoman Kim Kobel tells us there have been no arrests or new developments regarding the investigation into a bizarre robbery at the Dandelion Dispensary, a Boulder marijuana shop.
Big photos below.
But at least the Dandelion has reopened after an extensive cleanup necessitated by the perpetrator's choice of weapon: bear mace.
Our William Breathes reviewed the Dandelion in May 2012. "For being so out in the open, the Dandelion," located at 845 Walnut Street, "is relatively low-key," he wrote. "No neon green paint on the walls or massive pot leaves on its signs. Instead, the shop fits well with its funky off-Pearl Street surroundings.
"The shop is next door to the funky Nepali/Tibetan restaurant Sherpa's, itself a quaint house-turned-business along a stretch of Walnut; it's painted blue and white and adorned with Tibetan flags," Breathes continued. "In comparison, Dandelion's small green cross, unassuming sign and scattering of wind chimes and chairs out on the old front porch don't really stand out much at all.
Outside the Dandelion Dispensary, from the shop's website.
"Which is nice. Walking in off the street doesn't seem to garner any 'They're going to buy some weed' stares from passersby. Of course, that could just be ganja-tolerant Boulder in general.... But the shop feels like it's at home in the community."
At 6:56 p.m., according to the BPD, a man knocked on the Dandelion's front door, and the employee who opened it soon discovered he was up to no good. Not only was the suspect wearing a mask over his face, but he carried a FedEx box and what's described as a large can of bear repellent -- the sort of stuff capable of dissuading a charging animal from attacking.
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