Plenty of Colorado municipalities have chosen to ban marijuana businesses, but few have gone to the extremes of Granby, a gorgeous community in Grand County. Officials have threatened to annex land that’s not officially part of the town to prevent a marijuana shop from opening there — a plan it’s slated to defend at a hearing later today.
The story comes to us from Bob Hoban, an attorney who’s made battling with communities on behalf of dispensaries something of a specialty; note his four-year scrap with Littleton on behalf of Cannamart.
His client this time around is MMK Limited, which does business as Grand Life Solutions.
“Grand County allows recreational marijuana,” Hoban explains — so the company’s reps “found a location in unincorporated Grand County for retail, and also one for the grow. And when the Town of Granby found out about the grow, they said, ‘We don’t want this. We’ve banned this. If you open up, we’re going to annex you and shut you down.'”
To clarify: The land where the grow was to be located isn’t currently a part of Granby. But administrators said they’d pass laws to include it in the town limits, thereby making the grow illegal. That’s right: the town is attempting to Gerrymander their boundaries to exclude pot stores, Ganjamandering if you will.
Denver Westword has the rest of this absurd tale.