Former prison in Brush, Colorado will not become marijuana grow operation

Jennifer Kovaleski, Anica Padilla 08/26/2014 BRUSH - A former prison in Brush, Colorado will not become a marijuana grow operation, after city leaders voted in favor of keeping pot ban.

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Ex-Bronco Supports Plan to Turn Women's Prison Into Pot Factory

Michael Roberts 08/18/2014 A women's correctional facility in Brush closed in 2010. But it could reopen soon -- as a retail marijuana grow, shorthanded by the media as a "pot factory."

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Brush Council debates retail marijuana request

Lisa Jager 08/04/2014 The Brush City Council discussed whether or not to allow the retail sale of marijuana in Brush at its July 28 meeting before the council decided to table the discussion so it could hear from Brush residents at an August 4th community meeting.

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Businessman wants to grow marijuana in old prison

Kevin Torres 07/30/2014 BRUSH – If a local businessman from Fort Morgan has his way, an old prison he purchased in the city of Brush will become the future home of a marijuana cultivation and distribution facility.

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Former Colorado Jail Might Transform Into a Massive Marijuana Grow Facility

Barry Bard 07/28/2014 In March, Colorado native Nicholas Erker purchased the town of Brush’s defunct Correctional Facility. Now, with more than six months of successful legal weed in Colorado’s history books, Erker wants to turn his purchase into a cultivation facility and start selling retail cannabis in Brush.

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Brush city council approves first readings of multiple ban ordinances

Lisa Jager 9/10/2013 The first reading of several ordinances that would regulate the sale or growing of marijuana within Brush city limits was approved at the Brush City Council meeting Monday, Sept. 9.

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Election update: November 2011

The November 2011 odd-year election brings new attempts to push Local Options or tax measures in 8 cities and 1 county.

Roughly 27 centers and 11 IPM licensees are on the chopping block in Oak Creek, Palisade, Steamboat Springs, Fort Collins and the whole of Routt County. All are voting on local options which would close their existing facilities, ending safer local access to medicine for the 12,000 patients represented in these areas. Almost 10% of the registry stands to lose local access to marijuana through MMCs during this election season.

The City Council of Brush, population ~5000, decided to ask their voters if they should join the remaining Morgan County communities in passing the local option. With no existing centers and a total ban looking likely, patients in Morgan County will have to wait a little longer for safe access.

The voters in Palisade could shutter the last remaining center in Mesa County, much to the joy of some busybodies in Grand Junction who've worked heartlessly to make medical marijuana harder for licensed responsible adults to acquire safely in the greater Mesa County area.

Breckenridge and Commerce City both vote on tax measures to attach special taxes to medical marijuana transactions.

Yampa, near Steamboat, will vote whether to allow any centers to open after next July in its 0.2 sq. mile city limits. (Is there even a zoning code there?)

The most contentious battle seems to be taking place in Fort Collins. A coalition consisting of the county sheriff, an assistant district attorney, a city councilman's wife and a former mayor put together nearly 150% of the signatures they needed to force a special election. At stake, whether to allow the 21 shops and half-dozen IPM licensees to continue operation. The weed scene is intimately tied in with the booming microbrew scene in that town so this is the battle to watch. Will a city that has based so much of its economy on recreational alcohol sales kowtow to discompassionate moralists who can't stand to see people treating themselves?

Edit: Yuma County also voted on the subject.

Brush acts on pot moratorium

By Jesse Chaney Brush News-Tribune Staff Writer Posted: 12/24/2009 09:03:02 AM MST After considering the issue for several months, the Brush City Council on Wednesday approved the first reading of a moratorium that would temporarily ban medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. During the special meeting, Assistant City Administrator Karen Schminke said courts and other agencies are constantly changing the regulations governing medical marijuana dispensaries.

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