Cure Organic Farms fighting major marijuana greenhouse operation in Boulder County

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Anne Cure
Cure Organic Farms may be facing an uncertain future.
When a Colorado community doesn't want a marijuana cultivation warehouse, some people assume that the area is anti-pot and, therefore, anti-Colorado. However, one Boulder farming community is fighting a battle against marijuana that has nothing to do with any stereotypes about the plant.

See also: Cure Organic Farm veggies are manna from foodie heaven

Paul Cure of Cure Organic Farms has spent the last ten years building up a certified organic farm with his wife, Anne. To be certified organic by the government, the Cures had to pay thousands of dollars in fees and maintain strict requirements on their growing and handling of food.

But if Boulder County approves the construction of four, 4,000-plus square-foot marijuana greenhouses and a 5,040 square-foot plant warehouse on 75th Street and Valmont Road, Paul Cure says, their organic farm would become tainted.

"This is not about pot," he adds. "Our concerns are very multi-dimensional. First and foremost, the air and water quality would be seriously jeopardized. This is a 21,000 square-foot footprint that our whole neighborhood is affected by."

Cure, whose land would border the proposed growing operation, says the pesticides and chemicals used to grow indoor marijuana would severely hurt the neighboring soil, and the abundant pot plants would impact the smell of his community. Other farmers and residents in the area feel the same way he does, he adds.

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Anne Cure
Cure Organic Farms grows pigs as well as plants.
Jennifer Cunningham of Lafayette started an online petition against the proposed construction on change.org. In the language of the petition, which currently has 270 signatures, she says her kids routinely go to Cure Farms for both educational and recreational purposes -- another aspect of his business that Cure is worried about losing.

The proposed warehouse and greenhouses are tied to Laszlo Bagi, whose marijuana growing operation was raided by the DEA in November 2013; Bagi was never charged after the raid and couldn't be reached for comment. Pantera Properties, which is registered under the name of Bagi's wife, Wendy, is the applicant for the grow operation.

Cure says he's never spoken to Bagi, but was aware of the DEA raid.

Cure has two daughters, ages six and one, and his farm regularly hosts school visits and summer camps. "How am I supposed to explain neighboring barbwire fences and security guards to a six-year-old?" he asks. "How many times do you read about kidnappings and shootings? These are real situations, not paranoid assumptions. People's families are affected, and I'm supposed to just say we'll be the test case?"

He's always wanted to hand his farm down to his children, but now he's not sure if he'll have a farm to give them. "The growing chemicals and pesticides seep into the soil. Once that happens, there goes my organic certification, and there goes my farm," he says.

Cure is aware that his fight could move to the courts, and he's trying to stay optimistic. "We've worked ten years for this. I don't want to tell my kids we're moving," he says. "But this situation is putting my community at risk, so what's the county in favor of?"

Cure Organic Farms posted this notice on its website encouraging "Friends of the Farm" to sent letters of protest to county officials; the deadline is today:

We are in urgent need of your help with an issue that threatens our business. An extremely large, industrial marijuana grow facility has received initial approval to pursue building on the land directly behind our farm. To be clear, we are not against marijuana and its distribution. However, we have serious environmental concerns about the chemicals this particular business will be using and their impact on our farm, as well as a host of other issues. We have a very short time to let the Boulder County Commissioners know there is opposition to this business and encourage them to hold a public hearing on the matter.

If you support what we're doing, please send a letter to John Holste: jholste@bouldercounty.org letting him know your concerns. He must receive it by Wednesday May 28, 2014. Below we've given you language to use in your letter.

Please let us know if you have any questions. As always, we are indebted to your ongoing support.

Anne & Paul Cure


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Colorado420Coalition
Colorado420Coalition

BOYCOTT CURE "NOT SO ORGANIC" FARMS

To: commissioners@bouldercounty.org
Cc: Paul Cure <cureorganicfarm@yahoo.com>

Dear Boulder County Commissioners:

You should be ashamed of yourself for bowing to CURE organic farms, who is upset about a greenhouse being built in its neighborhood. As we understand it, the greenhouse is a use by right and normally wouldn't be subject to a public hearing.

This is just an instance of CURE not liking cannabis, for whatever reason, and they think they can impose their values on other people because they are better than them.

Paul Cure claims he is concerned about "potential impact to water and air quality" What effect does a cannabis greenhouse have that crops grown in other greenhouses don't have? This proves the depths of Cure's ignorance, and why you shouldn't listen to him. You can farm cannabis organically, just like any other crop. The fact that he does not know this gives the Commissioners good reason to discount everything else he says.

As far as CURE's "save the children" arguments go, how would school children that visit CURE even know what was in the greenhouse???

Westword writes:
"Cure has two daughters, ages six and one, and his farm regularly hosts school visits and summer camps. "How am I supposed to explain neighboring barbwire fences and security guards to a six-year-old?" he asks." http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety/2014/05/cur...

The answer is, you tell them the truth. Why is that so difficult? It is doubtful that the question would even come up from a 6-year-old. Why do you think they would care? Even if a child were to ask CURE, "what do they do over there in that big greenhouse", how difficult would it be for CURE to answer "I don't know", if they are too scared to tell the truth? Cure has already proven that he is OK with lying to make his point. Why not just lie to your children and say "I don't know"?

Paul Cure is also quoted in Westword:
"How many times do you read about kidnappings and shootings?"
Paul, please show us the RESEARCH that proves that there are more kidnappings and shootings near cannabis greenhouses than anywhere else? You know why you can't prove your statement -- because it is a LIE. Those that would resort to LIES to prove their point are the most heinous and disgusting form of human.

Cannabis has been used by humans constantly for over 10,000 years without even one death from an overdose. You can't say that about any other substance on the planet. It is the safest therapeutically active substance known to man. How is it that CURE is still stuck in the dark ages, believing all the Reefer Madness propaganda that has been proven wrong? Why are you afraid of the truth about cannabis?

It is the Boulder County Commissioners' DUTY not to bow to the demands of an irate neighbor, to UPHOLD THE LAW, allow this use by right WITHOUT a public hearing. To do otherwise is to show preferential treatment, and to guarantee that other neighbors will try the same tactic in the future with projects they personally don't like.

You have gotten 450 letters against the proposed greenhouse. I would point you to the comments section of this article, in which the readers are almost ALL against CURE farms position: http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-news/ci...

Finally, it is a joke that CURE markets itself as "organic". You are in the downwind shadow of the largest radioactive waste dump in the city of Boulder, and you claim to be "organic". What a joke! I wouldn't eat ANYTHING out of the area you live in, nor would I drink the water. The Valmont Butte area has been the source of serious radioactive contamination for decades. The fact that you let CHILDREN trounce about on your property, which is COVERED in radioactive dust from Valmont Butte, shows that you really don't have any concern for kids. That area is dangerous, despite the fact that the city claims to have cleaned it up. The fact that you tout that area as some kind of pristine utopia when it is one of the most polluted in the city shows how ignorant and self-centered you really are. Please read the Boulder Weekly articles about Valmont Butte if you have not.
http://www.boulderweekly.com/article-7766-the-gho...

Commissioners, please approve the greenhouse use-by-right and do NOT cave into the demands of one neighbor who is resorting to lies, misinformation and fear tactics to stop a lawful use of the property in his neighborhood.

Thanks,

Colorado 420 Coalition

AsokAsus
AsokAsus

Gosh, I've never seen the County Commisars defend a use-by-right before. Ever. Guess there's a first time for everything, and seems like that first time is pot-growing. You could have easily avoided this problem is you had amended the land use code to make ALL pot operations a conditional-use a year ago, and of course could still fix this issue for the future in the same way, IF you wanted to, and I'm talking about ALL pot operations: retail, wholesale, grow, etc.

But it seems like ya'll are perfectly happy in spreading pot operations all over the county while busily shutting down autumn corn maze visits, petting zoos, and goat diary farms. Still, I understand ya'll have to have your priorities: pot good; corn, pets, and goat milk bad.

mmjgrow
mmjgrow

Funny that Laslo is even being considered by Boulder for another MMj grow. He is the biggest D-Bag in the industry. He had 4 of his grow operations raided by the DEA, has bad standing in the MED offices. Treats his employees like dirt.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Cure Farms could COMPLETELY DESTROY the marijuana grow next door ...


... simply by planting HEMP -- organic of course -- out in their open fields where the pollen will drift and completely and continuously seed the marijuana plants nearby, rendering them worthless.


Let the Pot vs. Hemp range wars begin!


Maggie May
Maggie May

If the grow is not organic, I see his problem. But, he should definitely try to start a dialogue with the grow owners, and see if they can't reach an agreement. IDK about grows, but research shows crime goes down near dispensaries.

Kathryn Rogers
Kathryn Rogers

Organic materials are used in the growing operation. Get over yourselves Cure Farm. And seriously?! You're worried about kidnapping and violence? Tend to your farm and stop worrying about something that will not effect you!

Rick Mae
Rick Mae

Jayson hunter you are so so right! Pigs are so nasty!

Jayson Hunter
Jayson Hunter

His pigs smell worse and damage the air more than indoor green houses would.

Brandon Malone
Brandon Malone

This is bull! In an indoor grow, the usually ORGANIC nutrients, would never leach into the soil.

Britni Sumpter
Britni Sumpter

Wait a second... The article says they are building greenhouses.. therefore the pesticides would not leach into the soil. That argument is invalid.

Joshua Mannion
Joshua Mannion

Boohoo waaa waaa. Go cry a river somewhere else.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

How many children will be hit by stray bullets the next time the DEA  SWAT team raids the Bagi's dope operations?



Mark Oinen
Mark Oinen

I appreciate the sentiment, but Cure seems to be acting pretty reactionary about this. "Cure says he's never spoken to Bagi," Maybe that would be a good place to start. You'd think an organic farmer would understand the importance of talking with prospective neighbors before suing them. Then again, this is Boulder.

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

I think Cure Farms should publish the address and when the smell is the strongest so the pot thieves know when and where to hit.


Just more Cartel bullshit, they have and will control the market and the politicians. All A64 did was create more laws and more criminals. 

420angels
420angels

Head to Pueblo County where they have a campus set up JUST FOR commercial marijuana growers who want to grow in greenhouses or even produce OUTDOORS!

check em out: http://www.healersfarm.com

or: pueblogrow at g mail

saracsit
saracsit

I will never buy or support Cure Farm. When this first broke it was all about, what am I going to tell the kids who come to the farm what that building is going to be? (Daily Camera)


I hope they get their answers about the groundwater and smell. 


Oh, and tell the children and anyone else who wonders, it's where the owners are growing their own medicine/plants/herbs. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Colorado420Coalition  "As we understand it, the greenhouse is a use by right and normally wouldn't be subject to a public hearing. "


In INDUSTRIAL zoning? ... if it was a "use by right" then they couldn't prevent it. 


For greenhouses in AGRICULTURAL zoning, they would be use by right. 


But idiotic Boulder prohibits commercial marijuana grows on Agriculturally zoned land -- claiming that pot growing it "too intensive", yet the first phrase that describes the zoning definition of Ag land is "... for INTENSIVE agricultural uses"


That's what you should be railing against, the IDIOCY of Prohibiting ALL commercial marijuana cultivation from Agriculturally zoned land, which there is far more of, and much cheaper than, Industrial zoning ... and would allow growers to use SUNLIGHT instead of the ENVIRONMENTAL RAPE that is Indoor Pot cultivation under ELECTRIC lights.


BTW, if you wouldn't eat or drink anything from the "radioactively contaminated" Valmont Butte area, how much Pot grown in that same area would you smoke?


Shouldn't any pot grown on such a "radioactive waste dump" be require to carry a RADIOACTIVE WARNING LABEL for fools who would light it on fire and INHALE those toxins into their delicate lung tissue?



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mmjgrow ... notice they're playing the Hide the Owner game, by using his wife's name for this venture.


Same game that the Cocaine Dealer / DEA Informant / Stock Scammer / Telefraud Boiler-room Operator Lee Tucker ( Leo Mangan ) and other unqualified scumbags use as their lawyers play the shell game with MED.


Colorado420Coalition
Colorado420Coalition

@DonkeyHotay Doubtful that Paul Cure would even consider growing hemp. He seems to be stuck in the Anslinger/Reefer Madness of the 1930s. But a good idea, nonetheless.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

LOL!


You think Laszlo Bagi grew "organically" ?


You think 16,000 sq ft of greenhouses aren't going to have DIRT floors?



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... let's hope your kid grows up to be smarter than you.


Large commercial greenhouses often have Dirt / Gravel floors, since pouring concrete slabs is extremely expensive.


Even with concrete slab greenhouse floors, where -- exactly -- do you think the pesticides will drain or leach off to?


JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

@pheephee A commercial crow using organic nutrients? That is not going to happen. I'm sure they will have enough liquid ammonia nitrate to blow up a federal building.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@420angels ... nothing like having incompetent growers sharing space together, so they can share fungus, mold, mildew, mites and errant pollen like STDs ...



Colorado420Coalition
Colorado420Coalition

@DonkeyHotay

Yes, it is a "use by right". That's why it is so outrageous what the county commissioners are trying to do. Do try to pay attention.

 

http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-news/ci_25905621

 

"County land use planner John Holste noted in a memo to the commissioners and a Thursday presentation to the county board that a medical marijuana center is "a use by right" in a general industrial zoning district such as the one that's the site of the North 75th Street property."

 ---

"Jones and Commissioners Deb Gardner and Cindy Domenico, however, all noted that the county's land use and zoning codes may restrict what the county can prohibit — or the conditions it can require — such an operation when it's a legal use under those codes."

...

"'It is a use by right, so that does give us challenges" about the kinds of conditions or restrictions that can be imposed, Domenico said."

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Colorado420Coalition ... if he did grow hemp -- organic of course -- the POLLEN from his field of hemp would DESTROY the value of any nearby marijuana grow.


Wouldn't that be ironic.



420angels
420angels

@DonkeyHotay The same place the evil pesticides from all the local farms including cure do?   In the streams and rivers... duh.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Colorado420Coalition ... so if it's Use by Right, the operation of a marijuana center itself can't be denied, but the construction and limitations on buildings can be made difficult.


Perhaps an "environment impact" study is in order.


Does the County have the same arbitrary "morality clause" in their Marijuana Licensing code that Boulder City does?



So you still haven't answered the question -- How much Radioactively Contaminated pot would you smoke?






DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@420angels ... and the chemical / fertilizer runoff from those floors goes where, exactly?



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@420angels ... does an organic non-GMO producer like CURE use "evil" pesticides?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@420angels ... because anyone foolish enough to share communal growing space with others must be an expert grower, eh?


You do know that the Feds will aggregate the TOTAL PLANT COUNT on such shared grow spaces, charging ALL the participants / growers with the total plants on said property, regardless of who "owns" them.


And that anything over 100 plants brings a MANDATORY MINIMUM prison sentence of 5 years, even if you only had 20 plants yourself.


Anything 1000 or more brings a MINIMUM MANDATORY prison sentence of 10 years, even if you only had 20 plants yourself.



What fool would want to bear the legal burden of someone else's plant count, or the chance that one of those other fools would draw federal enforcement action for their off-premises behavior?

Colorado420Coalition
Colorado420Coalition

@DonkeyHotay @420angels CURE is located right at the base of Valmont Butte, in the shadow of the largest radioactive waste dump in the city of Boulder, maybe in all of Boulder County. It is a complete JOKE that he touts his farm as any kind of "organic" or even as "healthy". I wouldn't walk there, I wouldn't eat the food from there, I wouldn't drink the water there, and, like Rocky Flats, I try to hold my breath when I drive by.

http://www.boulderweekly.com/article-7766-the-ghosts-of-valmont-butte-series.html

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Colorado420Coalition "Hempcrete and hemp plastic has been shown to be stronger than steel."


Complete BULLSHIT!




Another LYING STONER who just MAKES UP BULLSHIT to support their delusions.



Hempcrete's typical compressive strength is around 1 MPa,[4] around 1/20 that of residential grade concrete


Hempcrete walls must be used together with a frame of another material that supports the vertical load in building construction, as hempcrete's density is 15% that of traditional concrete.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hempcrete



Keep BULLSHITTING, Stoner ... your clueless bong-sucking buddies will never catch a clue.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Colorado420Coalition @DonkeyHotay @420angels


Silly stoner, everyone knows that Radiation makes plants and vegetables grow bigger and faster.


The difference being that most people don't SMOKE and INHALE their arugula or radishes.


How much RADIOACTIVE Pot would you smoke from Laszlo Bagi's farm?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Colorado420Coalition ... keep lying and bullshitting stoner, your brain-dead bong-sucking buddies will never catch a clue.


Hemp -- it's stronger than Eternium !!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Colorado420Coalition ... but you're OK with Radioactively contaminated pot being sold to others who are unaware of the dangers you so explicitly pointed out, eh?

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