Oak Creek neighbor concerned about strong marijuana odor
November 11, 2010
Steamboat Springs — The town of Oak Creek is taking a closer look at the odor from a medical marijuana processing facility after a resident and former Planning Commission member complained that the filters on the plant were not working.
Skyler Hartman and Joe McIntyre III took over Chan Zwanzig's building at 240 S. Arthur St. after the Oak Creek Town Board approved the business in July.
Since that time, there haven't been any complaints until a recent Oak Creek Town Board meeting, Mayor Nikki Knoebel said.
"That was the first time we had heard anything about that," she said.
She said she encourages residents to contact the town by letter or e-mail before issues become contentious.
At the meeting, Jackie Brown, who lives near the former kayak factory used as a growing space, said she was upset that she could smell the marijuana once a week. The operators agreed to use filters to keep any smell from the marijuana from escaping, and Knoebel said the town could impose fines if those regulations were not met.
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Reached Wednesday, Brown said her temporary anger was based on conflicting feelings about the business.
"I'm angry because I feel like Oak Creek, as well as other Colorado communities, are trying to navigate the waters we don't have the education and experience to navigate," she said. "I'm not against medical marijuana, but I really don't know how I feel, and that's upsetting to me."
Knoebel said she would ask Oak Creek Public Works Director Bob Redding, who was out of town when the issue was first raised, and Oak Creek Police Department Chief Administrative Officer Lance Dunaway to look into the issue.
Brown said she's sure things will work out.
"I think that the person operating the business … has a great work ethic. I think he must have a successful business, I think he must know how to take care of the problems that arise with this, and I guess all I can do is trust that it can happen, that things will be dealt with appropriately and responsibly," she said. "I believe that it will."
Knoebel said the town has not had any other complaints about that business or Mary's, the medical marijuana dispensary in town.
Zwanzig, who also was at the Town Board meeting, said he passed the concerns along to his tenants, who said they would talk to Brown. McIntyre and Hartman could not be reached Wednesday despite messages passed through Zwanzig.