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According to a recent article on Marijuana.com, a former prison in Colorado may soon become a massive, legal marijuana grow operation if local officials approve the idea.
A man named Nicholas Erker, a Colorado native, purchased the defunct prison back in March of this year. He has stated that he didn’t specifically purchase it to manufacture cannabis, but it quickly became apparent that the location was optimal for a large-scale cannabis grow operation. Erker cites the location, the tall, secure fences, and a pool of out of work former guards as assets for his proposed business model.
In a letter sent to the city council, Erker officially requests that the municipality revisit a previous ordinance and approve his business for operation. Last year, the city of Brush, Colorado placed a local moratorium on the establishment of cannabis businesses, including commercial grow operations and dispensaries. This is relatively ironic, as the city’s motto is Homegrown Happiness.
Erker believes his business concept could improve revenue for the local community by creating at least 31 jobs, which would be stable, well-paying, and most importantly, legal. Their employment and the tax revenue generated by the sale of the cannabis grown at the former prison could prove to be truly beneficial for the community.
Assistant City Administrator Karen Schminke has reportedly handed out a questionnaire to council members about whether or not they wanted to revisit the moratorium. Although those went out at the July 14th meeting and were due to be reviewed at the next council meeting, which was July 28th. No official news has been released at the time of this story’s publication as to whether the council will be revisiting the ban.
The building sits empty now, the site of the slow erosion of the spirit of untold hundreds of humans, many of which likely sat inside those walls because of the very plant that could soon be grown within them. As it currently stands, it’s a blight on the landscape with little potential to benefit the community, a symbol of lost jobs and broken lives. If Erker’s plan is approved, it may grow into a place where quite a few people can find meaningful, secure employment.
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