Letter: Big money drives pot ops
October 1, 2013
Big money drives pot ops
The recent illegal grow operation on 2 to 3 acres near Redstone has been disputed in the reported value of $8.4 million, due to the amount of product available at this time of year. But everyone seems to agree that it was worth a heck of a lot.
I have been so perplexed over the recent decisions made by Pitkin County Commissioners Steve Child, Rachel Richards and Rob Ittner allowing buildings of three times the previous-allowed square footage to be built on four acres across from Holland Hills to support a grow operation. They do this despite the valid concerns of local residents and also the voiced concerns of the mayor of Basalt expressed to the Board of County Commissioners. High-school teachers are shocked that this is being pushed through, especially given the recent tragic losses in our small community.
It seems so out of character for our elected commissioners (with the highly appreciated exception of George Newman) to make these choices in support of one family and against so many others. And with so many Colorado counties and caucuses within our own county banning such enterprises, it seems even stranger.
Still, it does seem clear now that there is a lot of money at stake here.
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