Centaurus Farms, the last of the four potential marijuana business licensees in Fort Lupton, will have to wait until June 7, for a decision on its fate in the city.
The Fort Lupton City Council, acting as the licensing authority, suspended the hearings so it could get information that wasn’t available ahead of a May 3 meeting.
John Paolella, the agent for Centaurus Farms, said his intent was to sell 100 percent local products with as many local employees as he can hire.
“We’ll have security on-site when we’re open and on call when we aren’t,” Paolella told councilors. “We’ll have a guardhouse. Want to keep it open. We want to highlight it so it doesn’t feel dark and dreary. We want to educate as many people as possible.”
Centaurus Farms was the only applicant to ask for both a medical and a retail license. Councilman Carlos Barron was concerned about on-site regulation of the sale of marijuana.
“We tell everyone, once they are out of the store, we tell them not to use on-site,” Paolella said. ‘We’ll have cameras everywhere. We’ll have on-site monitoring during the days we’re open and a guard on duty all night.”
Neighbors weren’t too happy with the prospect of a nearby marijuana business. Bobby Adams asked how Paolella was going to make sure that “people weren’t already crocked off their a---s.”
Barron noted that the area was fairly remote, and resident Charlotte Jones didn’t agree.
“It’s not a remote area. On the north side of our property, there are three houses. He is in our backyard,” Jones told councilors. “You need to take that into consideration.”
“I’m concerned that traffic will try to find all routes to get to this location,” said resident Dawn Massey. “We have enough trouble with people running stop signs, livestock. There are a lot of people in traffic we don’t recognize. We do business in Fort Lupton, and our feelings are just as important as those who live within the city limits.
“Everyone drives everywhere. Everyone should drive to wherever they’ve been getting it,” said resident Doug Massey. “We don’t need it in Fort Lupton. I’m happy with Fort Lupton the way it is. Don’t put it in our neighborhood with green signs all over the place.”
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