In March, Colorado native Nicholas Erker purchased the town of Brush’s defunct Correctional Facility. Now, with more than six months of successful legal weed in Colorado’s history books, Erker wants to turn his purchase into a cultivation facility and start selling retail cannabis in Brush.
The only problem? Brush–a town with the motto “Homegrown Happiness!”–has a moratorium on marijuana businesses in place until 2016. That moratorium means no individual can legally grow cannabis or sell retail marijuana in Brush’s confines.
Fortunately, the moratorium can be revisited at any time. To plead his case and move the town’s stalled weed needle, Erker wrote a letter to the Brush City Council, politely asking them to lift the moratorium and allow him to turn the empty jail into a field of (marijuana) dreams.
From Erker’s poignant perspective, the facility’s goal wouldn’t be just to attract a bunch stoners to Brush, a town Northeast of Denver. Instead, he estimates the transformation would be a boon to his town and its economy.
He said he wants to manufacture a product that is legal in Colorado and that would create jobs and increase revenue for Brush.
According to Erker, the facility could initially generate 31 jobs and substantial tax revenue, which could help build better schools, and that such tax revenue from marijuana sales in the state is only available to communities that participate in the production or sale of marijuana.
Erker said the facility would be protected “by a fence away from the rest of community and that we would want off duty officers there.” [Brush News Tribune]
The Brush City Council will convene today and review the results of an internal council poll regarding the lift of the town’s moratorium and Erker’s plan. We’ll let you know when we find out the results.
Regardless of Brush’s decision, this possibility represents a sign of the times and displays another scary consequence from legalizing marijuana: the lack of crime means jails are empty and its place sprouts weed.
Hopefully, lots and lots of weed.