County OKs new marijuana grow site
The Pueblo County commissioners approved a new marijuana grow operation southwest of the city.
Commissioners voted 2-0 Wednesday to approve the Denver Kush Club’s application for a 12,000-square-foot greenhouse off Colorado 96 on Rex Road, west of Lake Pueblo State Park.
Commissioners Sal Pace and Terry Hart voted in favor. Commissioner Liane “Buffie” McFadyen is on vacation.
The permit was for the grow only and not for any retail or medical distribution centers, said applicant Darin Smith.
Smith said his company operates a retail and medical store in Denver, but found Pueblo to be a better fit for more growing space.
“In Denver, it’s not easy to expand cultivation, so we thought we would come down here where doing more of a greenhouse operation is more feasible,” he said.
The company will build the structure and fence it. Smith said it will not be a prototypical “hoop house” greenhouse.
Instead, it will be a steel-sided structure. Smith estimated the grow would employ eight to 10 people.
Pace said as more cultivation operations begin setting up in Pueblo, he hopes the county can revisit the tax policy and asked Smith if he would be interested in being part of that conversation.
“I want to figure out a tax structure that’s not too burdensome for the growers but brings more revenue to the county,” Pace said.
In other action, the commissioners approved an agreement with the city and county of Denver to utilize the Downtown Denver Detention Center’s infirmary.
The contract is for $586 per inmate per day and medication costs not to exceed $55,000.