Steamboat briefs: South Routt woman’s marijuana case continued

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Deborah Kay Eck, the 61-year-old Phippsburg woman accused of growing marijuana in her home outside of Yampa, appeared in Routt County Court for the first time Tuesday.

Drew Johnroe, her attorney, said he got 172 pages of discovery documents Friday and asked for more time to look them over and talk to the District Attorney’s Office. County Judge James Garrecht agreed and set a status conference for 2 p.m. Feb. 10.

Outside the courtroom Tuesday morning, Eck declined to comment but said she would make a statement soon.

Eck’s house was raided Dec. 16 by a SWAT team led by the Routt County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies reportedly found about 58 marijuana plants and arrested Eck on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana and on a “special offender” charge. The special offender tag can be added when a person has been convicted of a marijuana-distribution charge, or if the person is thought to be distributing marijuana.

Planning Commission to discuss medical marijuana

The Oak Creek Planning Commission will meet at 7 tonight at Oak Creek Town Hall to discuss a proposed medical marijuana dispensary and the town’s comprehensive plan and land use code.

The Planning Commission is faced with a request, from a group of South Routt County residents led by Jacob Wise, to change a former bank into a medical marijuana dispensary in downtown Oak Creek.

The commission can vote to recommend that the Town Board accept the application for a change of use, deny the application, or accept it with conditions, which may be requirements for the dispensary’s security or operation.

The commission also is scheduled to discuss the land use code and comprehensive plan, two documents that have been updated throughout several months.

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