Marijuana: Ex-Bronco Supports Plan to Turn Women's Prison Into Pot Factory

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A photo of the prison facility from the Colorado Farm Products Facebook page.
A women's correctional facility in Brush closed in 2010. But it could reopen soon -- as a retail marijuana grow, shorthanded by the media as a "pot factory."

Problem: Brush currently has a moratorium on marijuana businesses. But the city council could lift that ban after a town hall meeting tonight -- and Nick Erker, the man behind the proposal, is hoping a sales campaign and a pitch from a popular former Denver Bronco will help him convince officials to give him a chance.

See also: Marijuana: $24.7 Million in Recreational Pot, Edibles and Concentrates Sold in June

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Another photo of the facility from the Colorado Farm Products Facebook page.
Erker reportedly bought the shuttered prison in March for $150,000. Now, under the name of his company, Colorado Farm Products, he's pushing the idea of turning the facility into a cannabis operation he predicts will generate millions in revenue and create dozens of new jobs.

Here's one of his posted pitches:

The Sales Tax Collections and Disbursements for June 2014 are in. Colorado collected more than $2,000,000 in retail sales tax in the month of June with more than $360,000 going back to the communities that generated the taxes. Lets not spend another day missing out on this opportunity and start bringing this money home to Brush!
There's definitely opposition to the proposal, as documented in the 7News report on view below. After all, Brush -- which prints its name as "Brush!" in most of its promotional material -- is a conservative community that was just named an All-American City.

To counter such trepidation, Erker called in some star power in the person of Joel Dreessen, a Colorado State standout who was a member of the Denver Broncos until just a few weeks ago; he was cut in late July.

Here's Erker's intro and postscript to Dressen's letter of support:

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Joel Dreessen.
We have some exciting news.... Received a letter today from a close friend and former Denver Bronco, Joel Dreessen:

"I want to offer my support to Nick and the City of Brush! I certainly think it is a great opportunity to produce jobs and revenue for the city. As a kid who grew up in a small town and loves to see Morgan County thrive, I like this opportunity. The voters of the State of Colorado have already determined marijuana to be a legal business. Nick is a great leader and I certainly hope the City of Brush! takes this opportunity to pioneer a brand new industry. "

Joel Dreessen

Please make sure to keep spreading the word to your friends and neighbors and make sure to contact your City Council and let them hear your support. They want to hear from you!

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This image from the Colorado Farm Products Facebook page presumably shows one potential use for the facility.
They'll get that chance tonight, when the Brush City Council is set to host a town hall-style meeting on the topic. Afterward, council members could say yea or nay to Erker's notion or decide to put it up to a vote of the local citizenry this November.

Look below to see the aforementioned 7News report about this evening's get-together.

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43 comments
Jo Se Ph
Jo Se Ph

\U0001f602@Brian Martinez lol too f***in funny

Jo Se Ph
Jo Se Ph

Lol you're a special kinda stupid aren't ya doll? Yeeeehawww!! Close the borders, praise Jesus and Merica..fuck yea!! Lol ohhhhh people like you literally make my day :) anytime I need something to laugh at y'all deliver (:

Nelson Pineda
Nelson Pineda

we have so many empty rotting buildings why not allow something to come from then especially the revenue it will bring . smh some people are dumb

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Sure, like converting Auschwitz into a matzah ball factory.


Priceless idiocy from brain-dead bong-sucking publicity-seeking stoners.



Dian Feral
Dian Feral

No, to a mj grow. Yes, to a hemp grow and hemp products manufacturing. Say, fabric products.

Lisa Bell
Lisa Bell

I'd rather it be something that helps our state, by providing jobs, rather than have it be made into a place to house all these immigrants, and using our tax dollars.

Omar Ochoa
Omar Ochoa

Awesome. And dumb shit donkey player? Wow. Don't be mad cause your not doing shit.

Amber Rae
Amber Rae

Do it!! That's one hell of an "enclosed locked facility"

Andy Logan
Andy Logan

That's exactly what I'm talking about.

Patty Leidy
Patty Leidy

factory makes me think it will be subpar

Nick Huntley
Nick Huntley

When are people and the horrible media outlets in this country going to realize marijuana can be used for way more then just getting high!! We need to start investing our attention towards the legitimate medical uses and every day uses such as fuel, paper, textiles, etc etc. We need to lose the hippie racest stigmas we have on marijuana and move into the new era! Its time to wake up people!!!!

Greg Brebner
Greg Brebner

The only way that he could make more money is to turn it into a mint.

Andy Logan
Andy Logan

We need another pot farm like we need another kid in rehab.

Andy Logan
Andy Logan

The stupification of America......

KT Jordano
KT Jordano

Pot factory... Please don't call it that

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Start with HOMELESS SHELTERS for the 15,000+ citizens who live on the street.


Colorado doesn't need ANY more government controlled, overtaxed, overpriced warehouse schwag or one more Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartel.




michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

A lot of our readers agree with you, Amanda. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

That's one way of putting it, Rob. Thanks for weighing in.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

The security measures look first-rate, don't they? Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Amber.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Passionate post, Nick. Thanks.

Mr_H
Mr_H

...says the guy with dreads. 

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thanks for posting, Greg. We're going to feature your take in an upcoming Comment of the Day. Much appreciated.

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