BoCC approves four additional grows


SAGUACHE — Despite a detailed description of irregularities and possible illegalities with two marijuana cultivation applications, handed to Saguache County Commissioners during the morning session of their Tuesday meeting, the BoCC approved all four applications presented to them with little discussion during their afternoon session.
The approval also came despite Commissioner Jason Anderson’s conversation with a Drug Enforcement Agency representative during a meeting break, who said he had received many complaints and told Anderson, “I hear you have a mess down here.” Anderson replied, “We don’t have a mess here.”
A property owner also spoke during the public comment period to describe her impression of life surrounded by marijuana grows. “The county was wrong by not discussing the monumental changes with pot before opening the county up to marijuana,” she told commissioners. “I would like more transparency. A 120-day moratorium is very short. Commissioners are asking for leniency and say they are trying to do better, but that’s not good enough. I did not come to this county to die.”
Also during the comment period, a citizen attending the meeting read excerpts from a prepared statement accompanying the list of irregularities delivered to commissioners, reportedly compiled by a local resident. The citizen chided the county for approving applications without any consideration of citizen complaints regarding plant visibility, light pollution, noise from generators, exhaust fans and other sources, excessive vehicular or foot traffic and odors. His concluding remarks are included below.
“It appears that the BoCC and SCPC may be unaware of the requirements in the county marijuana regulations.  If this is not the case, then it certainly appears that both the BoCC and SCPC are not at all interested in enforcing the county marijuana regulations and are certainly not interested in upholding the rights of the residents who live near these marijuana establishments. It has been stated before at BoCC meetings that marijuana is not a moral issue, but it’s rather about rules and

By Teresa L. Benns
SAGUACHE — Despite a detailed description of irregularities and possible illegalities with two marijuana cultivation applications, handed to Saguache County Commissioners during the morning session of their Tuesday meeting, the BoCC approved all four applications presented to them with little discussion during their afternoon session.
The approval also came despite Commissioner Jason Anderson’s conversation with a Drug Enforcement Agency representative during a meeting break, who said he had received many complaints and told Anderson, “I hear you have a mess down here.” Anderson replied, “We don’t have a mess here.”
A property owner also spoke during the public comment period to describe her impression of life surrounded by marijuana grows. “The county was wrong by not discussing the monumental changes with pot before opening the county up to marijuana,” she told commissioners. “I would like more transparency. A 120-day moratorium is very short. Commissioners are asking for leniency and say they are trying to do better, but that’s not good enough. I did not come to this county to die.”
Also during the comment period, a citizen attending the meeting read excerpts from a prepared statement accompanying the list of irregularities delivered to commissioners, reportedly compiled by a local resident. The citizen chided the county for approving applications without any consideration of citizen complaints regarding plant visibility, light pollution, noise from generators, exhaust fans and other sources, excessive vehicular or foot traffic and odors. His concluding remarks are included below.
“It appears that the BoCC and SCPC may be unaware of the requirements in the county marijuana regulations. If this is not the case, then it certainly appears that both the BoCC and SCPC are not at all interested in enforcing the county marijuana regulations and are certainly not interested in upholding the rights of the residents who live near these marijuana establishments. It has been stated before at BoCC meetings that marijuana is not a moral issue, but it’s rather about rules and regulations. However, it is becoming apparent that rules and regulations are being considered in a similar fashion to moral issues, ignored!
“One point that I want to make is that Saguache County is not a country unto itself (I want to stress that I did not say county; I said country.) It is also part of the state of Colorado, but, more importantly, Saguache County is part of the United States of America, which is supposed to be a country based on the rule of law and due process for all of its citizens, which includes all of the residents of Saguache County.
“In closing, if the county cannot address at least these two examples that I just discussed in a timely manner, it should seriously consider revising the marijuana moratorium’s timeline; specifically, the county should not review any more applicants for CLU permits until it does in fact have adequate code enforcement to protect the safety, health, and property rights of its residents. Following the County’s current path would be considered reckless in most civilized societies.”

Grows approved
In considering the applications, commissioners noted that in all cases, objections on several heads had been made by adjacent property owners. Some were addressed as conditions in the conditional use permit grant, others were not. The following grows were approved:

• Delta 2017, Inc. – Retail Marijuana Cultivation – 61401 Co. Rd. B – SE1/4SW1/4 28-41-10
• Knarik Markosyan, landowner/Trust Group, LLC, applicant – Retail Marijuana Cultivation – 6754 Highway 17 – NE1/4NW1/4 33-41-10
• Knarik Markosyan, landowner/Trust Group, LLC, applicant – Retail Marijuana Cultivation - 6748 Highway 17 – SE1/4NW1/4 33-42-10
Another application for Mammoth Farms, added to the agenda at the last minute, also was approved. The application for Michael Barkel, landowner/GII, LLC, applicant – Retail Marijuana Cultivation (26758 Hammond Ave. Moffat, Lot 83 Ewing Ranch), was postponed yet again until March 29. 


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