About 20-25 miles northeast of Fort Collins sits the quaint and tiny town of Nunn, Colorado. In a place that only has about 500 people living in it, along with no restaurants, few private businesses, no grocery store and no gas station, it seems ironic then that a sign on the town’s historic water tower reads, “Watch Nunn Grow.” Perhaps though, I shouldn’t speak so fast, as it’s possible the small, northern Colorado town may be undergoing a big change here in the near future, that would bring about growth in more ways than one.
While the proposal is still in its early stages, the town of Nunn is considering allowing a private business to build a 22,000-foot marijuana greenhouse facility, that would be placed on 53 acres of land near the U.S. 85 corridor. This facility would be designed in a way that would result in it having minimal impact on the environment, and especially in the surrounding community. As a means of saving energy, the greenhouse would allow for natural sunlight to be used, as opposed to operating solely with artificial lights. Both medical and recreational marijuana would be grown at this facility, however the crops that are produced would not be sold, distributed or manufactured in Nunn. Instead, this marijuana would be transported to other cannabis distributors throughout Colorado.
Despite the lack of other businesses within the town’s vicinity, if approved, the marijuana greenhouse would actually be a good fit for the agriculturally-focused community. Being that there are almost no private companies, it makes it difficult for the town to come up with the income necessary to fund repairs and make upgrades. If the greenhouse proposal ends up going through, Nunn would no doubt see a large increase in funding, as 5 percent of the value of each plant grown in the facility would go back in some way towards improving the town. The operation would also bring in additional funding for town distribution to both its general and water fund, help to upkeep the police department, as well as provide at least 10-75 new jobs in the community. Not all residents of Nunn are thrilled about the possibility of a grow op coming to town. Some are just aren’t very receptive to change, while others believe that doing so is just a way of inviting trouble to occur. There is also the idea that no one will want to move to Nunn and have to be forced to live next door to a mega-marijuana greenhouse.
As of now, the logistics are still being figured out regarding the facility’s future, and that is why it’s still just a proposal at this time. The idea was first made public at a hearing on May 7, and has has preliminary voting occur since then. So far, the town board members voted 5-2 on an ordinance to overturn the town’s marijuana ban, which prohibited cultivation and retail sales, as well as then voting 6-1 to ban retail sales, while allowing pot cultivation, and the third vote, in which they decided 6-1 to change the zoning to allow for an industrial growing district, as the town does not currently have a specific “grow zone” within its limits. Town officials in Nunn haven’t yet made a decision about whether to approve the project, but stay tuned for an update as its made available.