Granby moves away from recreational marijuana
Ryan Summerlin May 15, 2014
The Granby Board of Trustees announced that they would move toward drafting a town ordinance prohibiting commercial activities related to recreational marijuana at a workshop Tuesday, May 13.
The purpose of Tuesday’s workshop was to see if the issue would be sent to Granby’s voters in an election. But after only two of the 10 speakers supported the idea, Mayor Jynnifer Pierro said the town would move forward with drafting legislation to prohibit recreational marijuana commerce in Granby.
Town Attorney Scotty Krob said the town could save $3,000 by bypassing the election.
“The next board meeting, or maybe the board meeting after that, we’ll have an ordinance drafted,” Pierro said.
Many of those who spoke against the proposal Tuesday cited Granby’s reputation as a family-friendly destination as a reason for keeping recreational marijuana out.
“This is a family-friendly town,” said Granby resident Natascha O’Flaherty. “And again, we have the unfortunate history of a bulldozer. I would like the history to be ‘just say no.’”
The few voices in support of allowing recreational marijuana businesses in Granby pointed to the economic benefits that the industry could bring.
Jack Gerstein, who owns property in Granby, said the only people who had approached him about renting a vacant building on his property were people seeking to start marijuana-related businesses.
“I can’t say that I’m pro or for marijuana, but I’d certainly like to get some help to help pay my mortgage,” Gerstein said.
Pierro and trustees Elaine Henriken, Greg Mordini and David Lockwood all voiced their own opposition to the measure.
“I’m not comfortable with it,” Pierro said during the meeting. “It’s not the vision that I have for Granby.”
Fraser is currently the only municipality in Grand County to allow recreational marijuana sales.
“Grand County approved it, Fraser approved it,” Pierro said. “It’s not that far to go to get what you need from here.”
Those in favor or against the ordinance can still voice their opinions at the next board meeting, Pierro said. She also encouraged people to contact the board if they have any concerns.
The next board meeting will be May 27.
Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334, ext. 19610