New owner to take over Crestwood marijuana dispensary


Photo by Erin Achenbach

Captiva Healing Dispensary, 9933 Watson Road in Crestwood, appears set to be the first dispensary to open in South County, with its website promoting a grand opening April 8. As of Thursday, April 1, the dispensary appeared to be open for a soft opening.

By Lucas Irizarry, Staff Reporter

The Crestwood Planning Commission unanimously recommended that a conditional use permit for Captiva Healing at 9933 Watson Road be transferred to New Growth Horizon Feb. 3.

The marijuana dispensary is a small building in commercial zoning and has a neighborhood nearby. 

New Growth Horizon owner John Pennington said his company would retain all the employees at the location, and changes would include updated signage and interior decorating.

Commissioners were unsure if the commission had the power to transfer a CUP, meaning this could technically be an application for a new CUP. Commissioner Greg Zipfel said the distinction would allow the commission to address potential traffic issues at the site if it felt the change was needed.

Pennington said about half of the business at his dispensaries are walk-ins, and this site sees about 60 patients a day. City Planner Danny Jendusa said the police had no concerns about the traffic when preparing his staff report.

“My experience with police departments is you don’t have to ask them too often if they’ve got a problem, they’ll be pretty up front about it,” Chairman Robert Sweeney said. “So I’m going to assume there aren’t a whole bunch of police concerns.”

The Board of Aldermen was slated to discuss the CUP at its Feb. 8 meeting.