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Tabernash pot operation to open next week

Hank Shell
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Grand County's first combined marijuana retail, grow and manufacturing operation is slated to open next week.

Igadl LTD is aiming for a soft opening either on Friday afternoon, May 22, or Saturday, May 23, said David Michel, general counsel for IgadI.

IgadI also announced on Wednesday, May 13, that it had been recognized for its HVAC system.

Data Aire, which installed the unit, awarded the project its 2014 Project of the Year award.

IgadI topped the new World Trade Center in New York as well as a tower in Mexico City to win the award.

"This award is only awarded every other year," said John Gutierrez, western regional manager for Data Aire, in a press release. "IgadI won the award because the project is truly unique in the cannabis industry. The system not only has the ability to control temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide level, but most importantly the odor mitigation attributes of the recirculating system design result in no air from the grow rooms being exhausted externally to the atmosphere."

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The fully recirculating system is meant to prevent odors from leaving the building, which was a major concern among residents during IgadI's licensure hearing.

"We want people who live in and visit Grand County to smell the pines not our marijuana when they drive past the building" said Kemsley Wilton, IgadI's general manager. "It was important to us to spare no expense in our HVAC system. Our goal was to ensure that the positive community impact of our facility by providing jobs, tax revenue and not to mention our products would not be overshadowed by any unwanted odors."

Michel and Wilton have overseen the transformation of the former Highland Lumber building in Tabernash from a skeleton of wood framing to an educationally minded retail and manufacturing concept.

Large observation windows in the building's retail area will give customers a glimpse of three of IgadI's six grow rooms as well as its commercial kitchen.

A series of interpretive touchscreens throughout the retail space will expound upon the processes visible through these windows.

Michel and Wilton hope their investment in the building's educational component will offer customers a more enlightening and engaging experience while elucidating what is often the most arcane and inaccessible part of the marijuana industry. IgadI will be setting up memberships for its medical operation during next week's opening, Wilton said. Customers will have the option of making IgadI their caregiver and enrolling in its member rewards program. The soft opening will also include raffles for free merchandise, Wilton said.

The touchscreens will not be operational during the soft opening, Wilton said.

IgadI will not hold a grand opening until its first harvest is ready, which will be around 10 to 12 weeks from its soft opening date, Wilton said.

IgadI will offer a full selection of marijuana flowers, concentrates and edibles from the wholesale market as well as IgadI merchandise at next week's opening, Michel said.

For more updates on IgadI, visit http://igadiltd.com or on Facebook at IgadI LTD.

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