Carlos Illescas

Aurora expects pot revenue to double in 2016

Carlos Illescas 09/14/2015 Revenue from marijuana sales in Aurora is expected to more than double next year compared to this year, as a handful of pot cultivation facilities and retail shops are slated to open in 2016.

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Aurora's journey on pot sales a bit rough to start

Carlos Illescas 12/29/2014 Aurora's venture into recreational marijuana has experienced a few bumps in its short time since inception Oct. 1 — from its complicated licensing process to a lawsuit questioning a license that was issued to a company denied a license in Massachusetts.

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Metro Cannabis sues Aurora after being denied retail marijuana license

Megan Mitchell, Carlos Illescas, 11/26/2014 The city of Aurora "manipulated the process" of selecting who would receive a license to sell recreational marijuana in the city, according to a lawsuit filed by a business owner who was denied a license.

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Aurora awards licenses for 21 recreational marijuana stores

Carlos Illescas 08/28/2014 Aurora announced Thursday it has awarded licenses to 21 businesses as the city's first recreational marijuana shops, which can open as soon as Oct. 1. Each of the city's six wards are allowed up to four recreational pot shops. There will be four shops each in Wards 1 to 5, and Ward 6 will start with one shop.

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Aurora receives several dozen applications for new pot businesses

Carlos Illescas 07/31/2014 The city of Aurora has received 40 to 50 applications from people interested in opening recreational marijuana businesses in the city.

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