A sign outside the proposed location for a marijuana dispensary announces the hearing that occurred Tuesday. The now-approved shop sits at 843 W. Agate Ave., just outside Granby.
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The Grand Board of County Commissioners approved a marijuana license for the proposed dispensary outside of Granby.
In a 2-1 vote on Tuesday, Commissioners Kris Manguso and Rich Cimino voted in favor of the IgadI dispensary with Commissioner Merrit Linke dissenting.
The proposed location for the dispensary sits on unincorporated county land just outside Granby town limits. The dispensary previously raised some controversy for its proximity to the town, which does not allow for recreational or medical marijuana sales.
The hearing for the IgadI dispensary had originally been scheduled for November but was delayed due to a lease issue. David Michel, general counsel for IgadI, explained that the dispute arose from two subleases on the same property. He said that the problem had now been resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.
With more than 35 people attending the hearing and 20 speaking during public comment, the commissioners heard from a range of opinions on the dispensary and marijuana in general. The county also received 92 letters and emails in support of the location and 33 opposed, according to County Clerk Sara Rosene.
Some notable opponents to the location included Country Ace Hardware, a Granby business just a few doors down from the proposed location, and the Gambles Store. East Grand School District Superintendent Frank Reeves also wrote a letter against the dispensary, citing its proximity to the schools in Granby.
Many of the speakers against the location brought up the family values of Granby and their worries that this would interfere with the town’s morals.
“I thought the commissioners tried to support the town,” Granby resident Elaine Henrekin said