New dispensaries have become a rarity in Denver, where stiff competition and a local cap on pot shops have combined to keep the number of dispensaries relatively steady for several years. Sure, stores move, rebrand or are bought out altogether, but you don’t find a newly licensed dispensary very often.
A handful of new Denver dispensary licenses became available during a lottery in 2021, however, and Social Cannabis is the first of the winners to emerge. Founded by industry veterans Dan Morgan and Sher Joudah, who met during their time working at Star Buds, Social Cannabis held its grand opening on April 19. We caught up with Joudah to learn more about this new dispensary at 5068 Federal Boulevard, and how the owners beat the clock to open the day before the plant’s biggest day of the year.
Westword: Did opening a dispensary across the street from Regis University require any coaxing on your part?
Sher Joudah: When we applied, we had to go through a hearing with the City of Denver, and we were very transparent in reaching out to Regis. We wanted to let them know who we were, and we weren’t trying to hide that we wanted