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County hears marijuana debate

Modified: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014

Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA COUNTY – Only after hearing from county residents for and against the proposed medical marijuana processing center Wednesday did the Alamosa County Commissioners (ACC) deny Valley Meds, LLC their special use permit application.

The ACC in a two-to-one vote sent Arthur Espinosa and Cheryl O’Dowd, the business operator and property representative, respectively, back to the drawing board because, although their application met all requirements for a special use permit, it violated the county’s medical marijuana Ordinance No. 16 residential setbacks stipulation of 1,000 feet.

The ACC, however, could have waived the stipulation, which would have allowed Valley Meds, LLC to operate both an Optional Premise Cultivation Operation (OPCO) and a Medical Marijuana–Infused Product Manufacturer (MMIPM) to grow the plant and make “edibles” on the former site of Aspen Homes and a string of unsuccessful businesses west on Highway 160.

For the complete article see the 07-25-2014 issue.

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