LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) – Boulder County commissioners are considering their next move after a county agency approved an application that could allow a one-time organic egg farm become a large medical marijuana farm.
The commissioners are weighing whether to call into question a decision by the county land-use department that could lead to the rezoning of the 67-acre site north of Longmont as a pot farm.
Commissioners Will Toor and Ben Pearlman said during a meeting Tuesday it appeared that county staffers’ action was correct, but delayed a decision because Commissioner Cindy Domenico was absent.
In June, the commissioners adopted changes prohibiting most new medical marijuana dispensaries or growing operations in rural Boulder County, but an application to rezone the Longmont-area property was submitted before that. Earlier this month, the county approved changing the use allowed on the land from commercial feed yard to intensive agricultural, which would permit a growing and processing operation.
Laramie, Wyo., Councilman Scott Mullner says he plans to buy the property. He couldn’t grow marijuana because he’s not a Colorado resident, but has said he could resell it to someone who can.
The county commissioners didn’t take public comments Tuesday, but about 20 opponents of a marijuana farm in the area showed up. They have said they’re concerned about increased crime, effects on property values and the site’s proximity to an orphanage.