Boulder’s Dandelion pot dispensary re-opens after bear-spray robbery

The owners and staff members of downtown Boulder’s Dandelion medical marijuana dispensary spent Friday and Saturday removing every trace of bear repellant from their shop following last week’s robbery.

A man robbed the Dandelion on Thursday by spraying bear repellent at the employees after posing as a deliveryman to gain access to the building, according to Boulder police.

bear spray pot robbery hbtv hemp beach tvThe dispensary reopened today, with fewer eclectic decorations thanks to the repellant but well stocked with marijuana, said manager Lauren Ginsberg, who co-owns the shop with husband Josh Ginsberg. Now that the shop has reopened, the next step is improving security, she said.

“We’re looking at every possible option,” she said. “We have a very welcoming vibe, but we will be setting boundaries. The No. 1 priority is employee safety.”

She’s said they also want to raise awareness in the community so that other dispensaries don’t become victims.

According to police, at 6:56 p.m. Thursday, a man carrying a FedEx box knocked at the front door of the Dandelion at 845 Walnut St. When employees answered the door, he forced his way in and sprayed the employees with pepper spray.

The employees ran outside and called police, and the suspect fled. Ginsberg said the front desk has a panic button, but there was no time to push it. The suspect got away with about $9,000 worth of marijuana, the owners said.

One employee was taken to Boulder Community Hospital, and three received treatment at the scene.

Ginsberg said she is optimistic that the man will be caught, noting that police have DNA from the cigarettes he smoked outside the dispensary. Police say someone also witnessed the suspect before the robbery.

The suspect is described as a white man between 6 feet and 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He was wearing a dark jacket with a North Face logo on the back shoulder over a hoodie and dark pants with hiking boots. He was also wearing a mask over his face.

Police are also looking for a black Pontiac, possibly a Grand Prix, with a temporary license tag of 382661H. The vehicle was unoccupied and left running during the robbery, and police are trying to determine if the car was used in the crime.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Heather Frey at 303-441-3369. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS or

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