Three of the four proposed retail/medical marijuana businesses will have to wait until Tuesday, April 5, to see what their next steps will be.
The three — 1310 Factory Circle, High Plains Strainz, 1330 Factory Circle; and Carretera Ocho Cinco, 7853 U.S. Highway 85 — made presentations to Fort Lupton City Council (acting as the city's licensing authority) during a March 15 business meeting.
Most of the authority's concerns with all three applications had to do with security arrangements. 1310 Factory Circle CEO Collin Madden plans to post security guards on site 24 hours a day, plus he wants to install security cameras both inside and outside the business.
"Two dispensaries covered by security cameras inside and out and from head to foot should deter anyone from illegal activity," he told councilors. "There won't be any visible cannabis sales or business activity visible from the street. There won't be any sales of gifts or consumption devices."
As for odor issues, Madden said the business won't process its product on site.
"Most things are going to be in the jars they are going to be sold in," he told the authority. "We will have odor controls that push it up rather than out."
Carretera Ocho Cinco representative Rachel Gillette said her security cameras would be digital with a DVR system accessible to management.
"We'll be able to capture identifications on all individuals, and we'll have cameras at all access points on the premises," she told the authority. "We'll hire the appropriate consultants to install our security system."
City attorney Andy Ausmus told the authority it can make a security inspection a condition of approval of the license if it chose.
High Plains Strainz is proposing a drive-through business. Operations manager Todd Eldridge's security plans include a security guard to check identification before anyone enters the business.
"The state has no rules about drive-ins," Eldridge told the authority. "The reason to allow drive-ins is a lot of people brought their kids into the stores. A drive-in allows that to not be an issue."
Mike Miracle, who owns the nearby Miracle RV business, appreciated efforts to deal with security, but he also wondered about potential odors from the two marijuana establishments on Factory Circle.
"We do not have marijuana retail locations, yet now, we have the potential for two," Miracle told the authority. "And there's still that smell. How are we going to take care of the smell?"
Eldridge said UV lighting inside the business sifts through an air conditioning unit "that creates a sort of hydrogen peroxide," which he said should help cut down on odor.
"We don't exchange the inside air with the outside air," he told the authority.
The authority unanimously agreed to continue its fact-finding on these applications until April 5. The fourth business, Centaurus Farms on Weld County Road 10, will have its first hearing later.