The Nunn water tower is a landmark for the small Colorado town northeast of Fort Collins. (Ed Andrieski, Associated Press file)

Big plans for marijuana greenhouse in northeast Colorado

NUNN — Town board members voted Saturday to make the town a little greener — in cash and crops.

In the first of three votes to revise the town’s rules on marijuana, the Nunn Town Board voted 5-2 on an ordinance to overturn the town’s marijuana moratorium, which completely prohibited cultivation and retail sales of the crop. After that, they voted 6-1 to ban retail sales of pot, while allowing its cultivation with a change to zoning laws.

Mayor Tom Bender stressed at the meeting that only the growing of marijuana would be allowed within town borders and that any sort of weed retail or dispensaries would be prohibited as long as the current board members remain in charge.


Previous reporting below (posted May 20, 2016 at 9:49 a.m.):

Town officials are reviewing a proposal for 22,000-foot marijuana greenhouse.

The proposal for the cultivation of marijuana crops in Nunn was made public at a hearing on May 7, and the town board could vote on it as soon as Saturday.

The greenhouse would grow both medical and recreational marijuana and would be built near the U.S. 85 corridor in the town, according to the proposal. The facility would be designed to operate with a minimal impact on the environment and surrounding community, and would be run by proposed tenants Mathew Bauerle, a Colorado State University graduate, and William L. Bauerle Sr., professor emeritus at Ohio State University.

The greenhouse would be different than many others in the state in that it would allow for natural sunlight, saving the energy typically used by artificial lights, the proposal states.

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Updated May 24, 2016 at 12:28 p.m.The following corrected information has been added to this article: Because of a reporting error, an incorrect reference was made about the greenhouse developers. William L. Bauerle Sr. is professor emeritus at Ohio State University; son William L. Bauerle Jr. is a CSU professor and is not involved in the project.

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