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Garfield County commissioners on Monday agreed that a local medical marijuana operation existed prior to the county’s July 2010 moratorium on new medical marijuana facilities.

As a result, Green Essentials Medical will be allowed to obtain a state permit to move its existing growing operation to a new location within the county.

County voters in November 2010 prohibited medical marijuana dispensaries and products manufacturing from being located in unincorporated parts of Garfield County. However, voters approved growing operations within the county.



While the moratorium on new facilities remains in place, commissioners are requiring growers to prove they were already operating prior to July 2010 before being allowed to move or make substantial changes to their operations.

The county’s moratorium is to remain in effect until July of this year, when a corresponding state moratorium on new medical marijuana licenses is scheduled to expire.



Garfield County commissioners agreed Monday to grant $47,000 in support of a new textiles job-training program through Colorado Mountain College.

The county will also lease space for the program to operate in the Henry Building in downtown Rifle.

The program is meant to train people who are out of work and on public assistance to make fabric shopping bags, according to Beth Shaw, executive director of CMC’s Customized Business Services program.

“I am very supportive of this program as a way to provide education and training for the unemployed to learn new skills and hopefully get back into the workforce with greater skills,” County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said. “Even if it helps two people get off of unemployment, it’s worth the investment.”

The program is expected to be up and running in early April, Shaw said.

Brimstone: A teaser on the front page of the Friday, Feb. 24, edition indicated the Glenwood Springs High School newspaper, The Brimstone, would be included as an insert. The high school paper is actually scheduled to be included in the paper on Wednesday, Feb. 29.


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