Brush to hold second hearing on allowing pot to be grown at former prison

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BRUSH, Colo. — A public hearing will be held Monday on plans to use a former women’s prison as a place to grow and sell marijuana.

Nicholas Erker bought the prison earlier this year, but the city has moratorium on all marijuana business.

At the first public meeting earlier this month, numerous residents voiced their displeasure after Erker asked the city to reverse the moratorium so he could cultivate and sell marijuana at the former High Plains Correctional Facility.

“You have a 60,000-square-foot concrete building that’s surrounded by barbed-wire fence and razor-wire on the top of it. It just really intrigued me. I said this is amazing,” Erker told NPR.

At the first public meeting, some in attendance brought signs that read “Morals and Value Over Money” and “All America City Equals No Marijuana,” the Brush News-Tribune reported. Nearly 100 people attended the meeting.

Erker says by allowing the business, 31 jobs would be created and up to $500,000 in tax revenue to the city would be generated.

Today’s meeting begins at 6 p.m.

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