Boulder County to review permit for marijuana growing operation near Cure Organic Farms

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Anne Cure
Cure Organic Farms objected when the city issued a permit for a nearby marijuana growing operation.
A Boulder County Commissioners panel voted yesterday to review the permit issued for a large marijuana grow operation and hold a public hearing on the plan. The decision came after neighboring farmers, including the owners of Cure Organic Farms, and other community members loudly voiced their opposition.

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Pantera Properties LLC had applied for and received a permit to build four, 4,000-plus square-foot marijuana greenhouses and a 5,040 square-foot plant warehouse on 75th Street and Valmont Road in Boulder, but there is a 14-day period in which the permit can be called up a review -- and that's exactly what the Boulder County Commissioners did, by a vote of 3-0.

The date for the public hearing has not yet been decided.

At yesterday's meeting, John Hokte, a city planner for Boulder, said his office had received about 450 responses to the approval of the building permit, "with the vast majority written in opposition."

"Looking at the sheer volume raises my desire for more scrutiny," Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones said. "We need to give some airing to the obvious citizen interest in this."

The commissioners decided to take another look at the permit after neighboring farmers expressed their concerns about the impact that the marijuana-growing operation could have on their businesses. Paul Cure, of the nearby Cure Organics Farms, is worried that the chemicals used in the greenhouses would damage the land. "This is not about pot," he'd told Westword before the hearing. "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."

But Bob Perletz, a planner for Pantera Properties, disagrees with Cure's claims. "If you take a look at the facility, you'd see that's not the case," Perletz explained at the hearing. "The water-quality issue has to do with hydroponics. That's not the system we're using. We're using a light deprivation system." That system is an organic process used for many forms of vegetation and doesn't affect soil, he adds.

Still, even though Perletz says Pantera had followed all city rules and regulations, he wasn't surprised by the commissioners' ruling. "The Cures have a strong Internet following and a lot of supporters," he notes.

Cure says he has nothing against growing marijuana or Pantera Properties and hopes to find a way to please both sides. "If we can find another place for them, this would be a win-win for everyone," Cure says. "This isn't an attack on any particular industry, but it's great the city wanted to pause and look at this more."



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Shayne Barrett
Shayne Barrett

Sounds like with info like that, you must have inside info on the cartels. I am guessing they won't be too happy with you discussing their operations so openly. I fear for you and your family's safety. You may think you know a lot, but you are not very bright. (Personally, I think you are just a paranoid delusional, but... they may not care.) :P

Mark Bromley
Mark Bromley

They are doing it already. You just don't recognize it, or see the truth. The Cartels had several decades to plant their seeds here and they already have a foot hold. Colorado made it easy for the cartels to infiltrate and establish themselves here. Hence some of the gangs in Colorado. The business wars have already begun. City of Northglenn has opened too many and are now denying any more MMJ places to open in the city. This is the beginning. When the profit of millions of dollars start to show up. Those with the most to lose are going to use by any means needed to keep what they started. Keep their market, keep their turf. Cartels already see this as their business. It did happen in California. The Cartels have learned from that.

Gary White
Gary White

I'd like to know how you predict the future? Also, if Cartels could come in and do that with marijuana farms why wouldnt they do it with existing businesses of other types? Wouldnt a bar or convenience store be easier to deal their meth and cocaine and heroin from? Wouldnt they be doing this now? Why would the heavily regulated and scrutinized MMJ industry be their target? It seems they could accomplish much more by invading an industry with little or no scrutiny?

Mark Bromley
Mark Bromley

Yeah grow it out in the open. People sneak in at night and take what they want. It's all on the down low and the farm just claims it's night bandits. But the reality is it's street dealers making bank for the farm. Open the doors boulder. Soon you'll have the cartels coming in to take those farms over by threat of killings. No one will be the wiser they'll just think it was legit land buy outs in reality it was the Cartels using infiltrators to take over the farms by force.

penino
penino

I am sure that those marijuana fields will pretty soon be purchased by the Mexican drugs cartel. It is a good way to legalize Mexico's drugs operations. People need to drop drugs and move to life's good things. http://ow.ly/xKJtn

mtnrunner2
mtnrunner2

Never mind peoples' right to peacefully grow a psychoactive herb that other peaceful individuals will obtain voluntarily by trading money. Let's put the issue up for a vote and effectively decide it by mob rule with pitchforks instead.

jeremy343
jeremy343

Pretty sure Cure Organic Farms borders a propane business (on the southwest side)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Tom Mitchell -- if you want more people to actually find and read your story, it'd help if you property Tag and hyperlink it to more pertinent Categories -- like MARIJUANA! 


... or did the Editor deliberately bury your story?



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.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "The water-quality issue has to do with hydroponics. That's not the system we're using. We're using a light deprivation system."


LOL! ... so light-dep doesn't use any water, eh?


Sounds like a paid pot pimp trying to bamboozle and mislead the public and the commissioners.


Hey Bob Perletz, Attempting to Influence a Public Servant is a FELONY in Colorado.




DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@AsokAsus 


.. the most IDIOTIC thing Boulder did was prohibit growing pot in AGRICULTURALLY zoned lands. 


What dipshits prohibit AGRICULTURE from land zoned FOR AGRICULTURE ?


By forcing growers into expensive INDOOR INDUSTRIAL zoning, they perpetuate the Obscene Environmental RAPE that is Indoor Marijuana Cultivation.


http://evan-mills.com/energy-associates/Indoor.html


Energy up in Smoke: The Carbon Footprint of Indoor Cannabis Production

zs
zs

@DonkeyHotay holy shit i just agreed with you...my life is changed forever!


light dep huh? yeah that definitely takes care of the issue

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@pueblogrow ... brilliant idea! ... invite a Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartel clown who's already been raided by the DEA. 


What could possibly go wrong?


LOL!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@pueblogrow ... YOU invited him in your bong-addled daze.


Did you even READ the fucking story, numbnuts?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@pueblogrow "They should all move down to Pueblo" ... was your idiotic unqualified assertion as you blindly spammed your collective farm, until I pointed out how fucking stupid you were to make that invitation without even comprehending WHO this news article was about.


You didn't even read, much less comprehend, A64 before you voted for it, did you stoner?


pueblogrow
pueblogrow

@DonkeyHotay @pueblogrow Yep, reread it twice actually just to make sure I didn't' miss anything.  It's clear that the people at CURE are haters, just like you Donkey.  It's no surprise you and they still rail against the industry.  


For the rest of us, the thinking people, we'll just move on without you while you still cry about the way it used to be when you were still an executive at IBM.  We'll just roll on with the industry as we offer a place for legitimate licensed growers to operate down in Pueblo.  


See in Pueblo we are a bunch of supporters, not haters like you up in Boulder.  We appreciate the fact that the money is now flowing in the state and local coffers and we appreciate that the drug dealers are now leaving the business.  You can keep on hating jack, it's OK by me.  


For everyone else, spread the word... there's a place in Pueblo that WELCOMES licensed growers.  WE WANT TO BE YOUR LANDLORD.  Come join us at the farm, we have no Donkey's here.


http://www.healersfarm.com





DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@pueblogrow ... so you read the article, about Laszlo Bagi attempting to open a greenhouse grow, and your blind commercial spamming response was "They should all move down to Pueblo" ... but you now claim that wasn't directed at Laszlo.


LOL!


Keep spamming, you WILL soon attract the next Laszlo or VIP cannabis clown, with all their DEA heat.



pueblogrow
pueblogrow

Oh, and unlike Jack's assertion we are not a COLLECTIVE FARM.  We are a massive commercial marijuana production farm with several different licensed operators on premises.  We are NOT seeking individual growers, we can only supply space to licensed growers who hold an OPC in good standing.  http://www.healersfarm.com

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@pueblogrow "We are a massive commercial marijuana production farm with several different licensed operators on premises."


The DEA will be glad to note your premeditated confession, and as has been pointed out before, the Feds AGGREGATE plant counts among all those sharing the same property / conspiracy. So collective plant counts in excess of 1000 will bring a MANDATORY MINIMUM 10 (ten) years in Prison. Over 10,000 and ALL the players will be facing LIFE in prison, not including the Money Laundering counts which are 20 YEARS for each violation.


Which one of your OPC partners will be the next VIP Cannabis or Laszlo Bagi or Jane Medicals?


Is your McShyster Lawyer as foolish, incompetent and corrupt as David Furtado ... seriously, how do you know your lawyer isn't as clueless, incompetent and corrupt as Jane Medicals' lawyer Dallan Dirkmaat.


HipTip: when your attorney agrees with and okays your Continuing Criminal Conspiracy to Violate Federal Drug and Money Laundering Laws on a daily basis, gets high with you, or even participates in said scheme, you no longer have a lawyer, you've got a Co-Defendant and future Cell Mate.


Remember to SMILE for your mug shot!


hth.



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