Young entrepreneur in Pueblo opens medical marijuana certification company

Young entrepreneur in Pueblo opens medical marijuana certification company

When Nolan Bowman II started his first company last year at the age of 20, little did he know that a second would soon follow.

Bowman launched Shen IV Hydration Therapy at 2131 Jerry Murphy Road on July 1, 2021. Recently, the 21-year-old opened a second business, Elite Clarifications, in the same location.

The new company will allow Puebloans to obtain certification for medical marijuana cards, as well as annual renewals for those already approved for the cards.

“Our former medical director, Dr. Vivianna Salvino-Bozzi, expressed the need for alternative medicine for residents here who have to travel to Colorado Springs or beyond to have a marijuana card renewed or get a new one,” Bowman said. “We wanted to bring that service right here,” to help patients in Pueblo and surrounding communities.

Elite Clarifications clinics are offered twice a month on Fridays. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and patients can make an appointment or walk in for service, he said.

dr. Hannah LaBove, the company’s new medical director, and fellow nurse Amy Valesh-Peterson will assist medical marijuana patients through the intake process, discuss the medical rationale for the card, and navigate the state registry. The cost is $75 for new basic marijuana medical certifications or $65 for renewals.

The clinics will be held in a separate room, Bowman said, and will eventually be offered weekly.

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Bowman received support for his IV hydration business from investors last spring at the local “Shark Tank”-esque Southern Colorado Entrepreneurship Competition at Colorado State University Pueblo. IV therapy is popular in the athletic world because of the nourishment it provides to those undergoing intensive conditioning.

The therapy has both pre- and post-workout uses, but there are other uses as well. Bowman started on the path that would lead him to owning a business as a junior at Pueblo West High School when he first enrolled in concurrent college courses through Pueblo Community College.

Bowman was using IV therapy when he broke his shoulder playing soccer at age 16 and ended up in a Colorado Springs clinic.

“I didn’t want to be one of those pain-killing kids. For me it has definitely improved my recovery,” he told the Chieftain.

Bowman and his collaborators recently demonstrated the therapy through live on-site treatments during the 11-day run of the Colorado State Fair in 2022. He said it was a great way to expose people to a new treatment option.

“They’re not used to seeing IVs done there – it was nice to see the different reactions. Some people were absolutely terrified and other people were ecstatic to see that Pueblo now had this to offer,” he said.

For more information about Elite Clarifications, call 719-225-5601 or visit www.eliteclarpueblo.com. For more information about IV therapy, visit the company’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Shenivpueblo or the website at shenivhydration.com.

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Chieftain reporter Tracy Harmon covers business news. She can be reached by email at tharmon@chieftain.com or via Twitter at twitter.com/tracywumps.

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