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Former Colorado Jail May Be Used To Cultivate Marijuana


colorado jail marijuanaFor a long time, thousands of people were arrested and prosecuted for cannabis in Colorado. Too many of those people went to jail.  Now that marijuana arrests have plummeted in Colorado, it was great to read a recent article on Marijuana.Com discussing how a former jail in Colorado may become an indoor cannabis garden that provides jobs and generates revenue for the local economy. Per Marijuana.Com:

 He said he wants to manufacture a product that is legal in Colorado and that would create jobs and increase revenue for Brush.

According to Erker, the facility could initially generate 31 jobs and substantial tax revenue, which could help build better schools, and that such tax revenue from marijuana sales in the state is only available to communities that participate in the production or sale of marijuana.

Erker said the facility would be protected “by a fence away from the rest of community and that we would want off duty officers there.”

Brush, Colorado, currently has a moratorium on cannabis businesses until 2016, so Mr. Erker’s ambitions will have to wait awhile. However, the fact that he is pursuing such a venture is a great sign that Colorado is putting the days of cannabis prohibition behind them, just as our nation did with alcohol prohibition before it. Maybe if Erker can prove he can provide enough jobs to the area, maybe the moratorium will be lifted sooner than later. As one person said on Twitter, it’s akin to the old saying ‘turning swords into shovels,’ but for cannabis.

Source: International Cannabis Business Conference


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Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri. As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties. You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.


  1. This is so cool. It’s karma growing the same stuff they used to lock people up for…beautiful .

  2. Screw off duty officers use private security instead as they usually are cheaper and just as good and much better in some cases.

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