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.
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:
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. "
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!
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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