PALMER — Connoisseur Lounge opens as the first marijuana dispensary inside the city limits of Palmer this week. The Lounge held a soft opening last week and will host members of the Palmer City Council for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday August 6. The Connoisseur Lounge is located directly across Evergreen Avenue from City Hall.

“Being across from city hall too, I mean that speaks volumes as to the professionalism and kind of the way that we carry ourselves and we’ve been really well accepted in that regard because we’re very transparent and we want to play by the rules and come to the town of Palmer with respect and gratitude for them allowing us to be here,” said General Manager Katie Thomas.

Thomas is a veteran of the cannabis industry, starting her career as a budtender for then medicinal marijuana in Colorado in 2012 and continuing to work at local dispensaries recently. Thomas teamed up with Connoisseur cultivation owners Matt Chambers and Trisha Torborg, a facility in Wasilla that was established in 2015. Just seven days after city of Palmer voters passed Proposition 1 by just 36 votes making marijuana businesses legal within city limits, Chambers and Thomas had

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