by Jack Mayne
Since the one retail pot store in Des Moines is “raking in the money,” a realtor came to the City Council to seek an additional opportunity for another store in the city limits and the Council agreed to study the matter.
Des Moines realtor Tom Roush asked the city to consider the possibility of a second store, noting that he personally voted against the legalization of pot but, on behalf of a client, was seeking Council help.
He has a “wealthy Chinese investor with a lot of money” as a client who wants to buy the building next to the new Four Points by Sheraton Hotel on Pacific Highway South to house a second marijuana store “because he sees the volume of business down at your only location on the south side of the Kent-Des Moines Road.”
Roush said the Council must be “well aware of the millions of dollars of sales that store is generating.”
The proposal would eliminate a body repair shop and bring in tax revenue to the city, he said.
“You can’t possibly believe the number of calls I get for this type of business – I wish all my real estate was this way,” he said.
Asked by Councilmember Dave Kaplan if there were other licenses the city could get, Assistant City Attorney Tim George said it appear the city will get “one more license” and there is a county “at large” license that could be located in the city.
Kaplan said “it may be worthwhile” to take a look at additional licenses.
Councilmember Melissa Musser said the current store on Pacific Highway has been “a good neighbor” and have well managed and operated the store.
“It is not an industry that is going to go away soon,” she said.
Kaplan moved and the Council approved that the Council’s finance committee consider the request for an additional license in the city.
Nadine Byers, Susan Corey, Deana Rader and Eileen Severns were given certificates by Mayor Matt Pina honoring their service on advisory committees.
Councilmember Melissa Musser said the four women worked very hard.
“Thank you all for being such kind, and genuine and caring people,” Musser told the four women.