Marijuana farm sparks objections in Boulder County
July 19, 2010
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) – A one-time organic egg farm in Boulder County may become one of Colorado largest pot farms if a Wyoming investor succeeds in getting approval for the change.
But neighbors worry about security if the farm turns to medical marijuana, and lawyers warn the proposal may not be possible under a recently passed state law that bans growers from supplying pot to multiple dispensaries.
The 67-acre farm has been bought by Scott Mullner, who is a city councilman in Laramie, Wyo. Mullner says he has no plans to grow the marijuana himself but bought the farm as an investment.
“I had to do this. It’s the highest and best use as far as farming goes,” Mullner told the Daily Camera newspaper.
Mullner has applied for a county zoning change to allow his pot farm to begin. But neighbors have complained about security concerns, and the application is on hold.
Mullner submitted his application before Boulder County commissioners passed regulations in June prohibiting medical marijuana operations in agriculturally zoned areas.
Neighbors want the plan rejected. They cited security fears and said the pot farm would damage their reputations.
“All of a sudden, if you get something like that – which is a negative in so many peoples’ minds – it could hurt my business,” said Robert Duran, who has owned nearby Duran’s Hobby Acres Greenhouse for more than 20 years.
Another neighbor, Rebecca Henke, told the newspaper she wanted to see a security plan before the pot farm is allowed.
“I am concerned about prowlers,” she said. “If you put that much pot in one place, that’s going to attract thieves. And they’re going to be sneaking around my property to get in there.”
County planner Summer Howard said Mullner has been asked to provide more details about what sort of fencing and lighting he would put in. She said the county also wants to determine if such a facility would be compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.
“We want to know if what they’re proposing will affect the character of the community in a negative way,” she said.
Mullner insisted that a pot farm would bring less noise, traffic and smell than a feedlot.
“For adjacent landowners, it’s a much better fit,” he said.
Information from: Daily Camera, http://www.dailycamera.com/