- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SILT, Colo. (AP) - Town leaders have rejected the construction of a large plant for growing and processing marijuana between two subdivisions, a proposal that drew strong public opposition.

The Silt Town Board voted 7-0 to reject a special-use permit for the project Monday night. Nearly 200 people turned out to oppose it, with some spilling out to the hallway outside the meeting, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent reported (https://bit.ly/1yfLYv1 ).

High Q LLC, which operates a retail marijuana shop in town, wanted to build a two-story, 20,000-square-foot building and four 3,000-square-foot greenhouses on a 7½-acre property zoned for rural and agricultural uses. The company argued that the operation was farming and wouldn’t have bothered neighbors.

Town planners approved the proposal in December, but neighbors later organized to fight it. Some claim they were not notified about the project.

The operation would have been less than a football field away from some of the homes.

“I like to sit in the hot tub and look at the stars,” resident Jim Ortell told the board. “But my biggest question is: What is the benefit for the town of Silt?”

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Information from: Post Independent, https://www.postindependent.com/

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