by Tara Walker
Grand County Ballot issue 1A is the cause of controversy as
David Michel explained that he was informing the Board of county commissioners in order to give them time to research and that he would rather be collaborative rather than adversarial in their approach to litigate.
Igadi is marijuana dispensary with an all-in-one cannabis production facility and distillery, a wholesale distributor, and a 21-and-over shop with its headquarters located in Tabernash. Igadi advertises that it’s facility in Tabernash showcases the largest observable marijuana grow in the world.
Ballot issue 1A requests voters to approve a 5% marijuana retail tax, or $310,000 the first fiscal year, to be used for
Michel accused Grand County Finance Director Curtis Lange of miscalculating the taxes used in the ballot, “Mr. Lang performed a miscalculation when calculating taxes, and while maybe not necessarily intentional, was based on ignorance.”
He explained that the sales tax number was determined by using the Fraser store’s taxes and that the 4.2 million was county-wide not unincorporated county and therefore formed a poor basis. Michel argued that higher sales taxes will cause more people to purchase from other jurisdictions like Denver.
Using the 5 minutes provided to him by Commissioner Linke, Michels quickly put forth his concerns, “The commissioners direct the ballot and have a duty to do a fiscal analysis per the constitution for
Michel explained that if they had dealt with this two weeks ago, they would have been within 25 days and it could have been
Igadi general counsel Michel insisted that he does not want to make this adversarial and that he feels this is necessary at this time, “This is my analysis and if I am wrong, I am, but I don’t believe so. Mr. Franek and I can sit down because I have a 10-day window after
Commissioners thanked Michel and said they couldn’t make decisions at this time and that he was free to meet with Grand County attorney Robert Franek after the meeting, but that they were out of time and had to meet with elected official
by Tara Walker