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Pot inquiries keep Huerfano planning office busy

WALSENBURG — Huerfano County Planner and Code Enforcement Officer Steve Channel has a spreadsheet on his computer listing the various property owners and investors who are interested in joining what has become Colorado’s green boom; the marijuana growing business. Channel told the Huerfano World Journal this week he has an informal meeting with the Huerfano County Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners set for 1 pm Tuesday, Feb. 3 in the commissioners chambers to discuss marijuana cultivation issues. There are a number of potential growing operations under consideration within the county, with at least two; NuGro, and SCG Services, having filed conditional use permits with the county. Wahatoya Farms LLC is remodeling the former Weber Water building located just west of the Walsenburg city limits on US 160 and their conditional use permit has been approved. NuGro is among a group of potential growers looking at a location on Colorado Buffalo Ranch property, located to the north and west

adjacent to Interstate 25, near the sculpture erected off of southbound I-25 by the Huerfano County Tourism Board. In addition to those, there have been inquiries regarding property located on the Grandote Golf Course, a proposal for a 48,000 sqft. greenhouse / grow operation on four acres of land located west of Chaé Organics as well as three other serious plans for operations in the Buffalo Ranch. Martra Holdings, who is in negotiations with the City of Walsenburg to purchase over 300 acres of land on the City Ranch, east of Walsenburg off of Hwy. 10, has also made inquiries regarding leasing the former modular home manufacturing site or even the long-closed Corrections Corporation of America’s Huerfano County Correctional Center. A company known as FutureWorld has made initial contact with the planning office with a potential plan for constructing facilities, as a property developer, similar to Martra Holdings, for possible clients; Colorado Flower LTD, and Medical Cannabis Holding. SCG Services LLC , John Sakun, has filed an application for augmentation water with HCWCD (Huerfano County Water Conservancy District), as has Phil Cummings and Scott Clark. All those locations in the Buffalo Ranch area. Channel said there has been no further contact with his office from Two Rivers officials who have expressed interest in the cultivation business. Huerfano County regulations only allow the cultivation of the product. Currently no sales, medicinal or recreational, no manufacturing of marijuana-related products such as oils / extracts or testing is allowed under county regulations.