Albuquerque greenhouse for medical pot cultivation gets OK

The Torrance County Commission has given a green light to a pot-growing greenhouse near Abo.

Commissioners voted 2-1 in favor of upholding Planning and Zoning Director Steve Guetschow’s interpretation of the current zoning ordinance in reference to a decision that allowed a legal medical marijuana greenhouse operation on the Loma Parda subdivision near Abo.

The negative vote came from Commissioner Julia DuCharme, who said it appeared the operation is a commercial use and the zoning states that commercial uses are not allowed except on a case-by-case basis.

“You admitted that you have employees working on property. You admitted that it is not for personal use. Then what kind of use is that if it is not commercial? Is it educational? Is it charitable? What kind of use? You didn’t specify. I am convinced that it is commercial use. I feel that this ordinance was interpreted incorrectly,” DuCharme said.

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