Brush holding second public hearing on pot grow at former prison Monday

Meeting scheduled for 6 p.m.

BRUSH, Colo. - Residents in Brush are getting another chance to weigh in on a proposal to use a former women's prison to grow and sell marijuana.

City councilors will hold a second public hearing on the idea Monday evening.

Nicholas Erker of nearby Fort Morgan bought the prison for $150,000 in March. He says the building is one of the safest places to grow pot and held an open house there Sunday to try to persuade residents.

"Thirty one jobs, half a million dollars in taxes just to start with, not to mention there's a lot more opportunities for us at this facility," Erker said, explaining the potential benefits to the community.

Brush City Councilwoman Jeanine Anderson said the council will consider all of the economic impacts of the project, but said she's still not sold on the idea.  

Brush has a moratorium on all pot businesses. City councilors need to vote on whether to extend that ban or put the issue to a public vote in November.

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