BRUSH – A business leader is asking the City of Brush to throw out a moratorium on marijuana businesses in the city to allow him to grow marijuana in a vacant prison. But many community members spoke out against the idea Monday.
The city council held a public comment session on Brush's moratorium, which is set to be in place through 2016. The man who just bought the town's vacant prison, Nicholas Erker, is asking the council to reconsider.
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Erker said he bought the High Plains Correctional Facility earlier this year with other plans. But he quickly realized the grow operation would be more profitable and he says he feels the community would benefit from it.
Some people listened to the public comment meeting from the hallway as the meeting was standing room only.
"I don't see an All American City having marijuana in it," one woman said.
Supporters of the idea said it would bring 31 jobs to Brush and hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax revenue. But many at the meeting said a pot policy shouldn't be in Brush's future.
The facility was initially used as a youth detention center before being transformed into a women's correctional facility. Brush city records show the building operated as a women's correctional facility until it closed in 2010.
The city council will hold another public comment session on Monday, August 18. Then the council will decide whether to change the ordinance, keep it the same or leave it up to voters in November.
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