Parker this week became the latest Colorado community to place a cap on the number of pot plants that can be cultivated at a residence, a move town officials said is necessary to reduce odor complaints and ensure grows do not cause electrical overloads and dangerous chemical storage.
The town council set the limit at 12 plants per household, echoing measures passed by Douglas County, Colorado Springs, Denver, Carbondale, Lafayette and others in the state. It also limited electrical use to 1,440 watts in a home’s grow area.
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The new rules, which were passed unanimously Monday by the council, apply to both medical and recreational marijuana grows. Parker first proposed the limits last year.
Teri Robnett, executive director of the Cannabis Patients Alliance, said she’s concerned about measures like the one passed by Parker because medical marijuana patients with serious health issues, like cancer or epilepsy, may be restricted in what they or their caregivers can produce for proper patient care.
“These patients are the ones that are really going to be hurt,” she said.