Greeley man opens hemp-only store to provide alternative option to marijuana stores
Five months ago, Matthew Aguiar was a mechanic at a car shop. He wasn’t exactly well versed in Colorado law nor did he know much about the details of hemp.
Now, he can tell you all about it. That’s because about three weeks ago, he became the owner of Gold Care LLC, an all-hemp store, located at 2015 9th St. in Greeley.
Gold Care sells a variety of hemp products, such as cannabidiol droppers and vape pens, lotions, dog treats, coffee, honey, candies and more. Aguiar said the variety of products adds to the appeal of his shop because most pot shops or other hemp stores in the area don’t provide that assortment of hemp.
A section of Amendment 64, the amendment that legalized both marijuana and hemp in Colorado in 2012, says those who sell industrial hemp are not “subject to any civil or criminal actions under Colorado law for engaging in such activities.” The Industrial Hemp Program, which is part of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, does not have jurisdiction over the processing, sale or distribution of industrial hemp.
Basically, it’s fair game for Aguiar to have his shop in Greeley — and not Garden City — because industrial hemp is not regulated the same as marijuana. Hemp is supposed to be pain-relieving and its purpose isn’t to get people stoned, he said.