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Forum will discuss marijuana-growing operations in Hayden

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— The Steamboat Pilot & Today is hosting a forum to discuss the positives and negatives of allowing marijuana-growing operations in Hayden.

The forum will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall in Hayden. Anyone interested in submitting questions for the forum should email

The forum is aimed at educating residents about the issue that will be decided in a Jan. 26 special election. Voters will be asked whether to repeal an ordinance passed Aug. 6 by the Hayden Town Council, 6-1, which allows marijuana-growing operations in the city.

A group of residents, including Hayden School Board President Brian Hoza, collected enough signatures to put the issue to a vote.

Hoza will be advocating against grow operations during the forum, and Hayden resident Rodney McGowen will be speaking in favor of the issue during the forum. He has proposed opening a grow operation in a building he owns in the Valley View Business Park.

If Hayden residents vote to allow marijuana-growing operations, the town would benefit from tax revenues. On Nov. 3, Hayden residents voted 272 to 167 to approve taxing the sale of wholesale marijuana at a rate of between 7.5 percent and 15 percent.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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