May is scheduled to go before the City Council that day to weigh in on a proposed ordinance to regulate the medical marijuana industry in Colorado Springs, which Paige helped draft. Paige said he wants May to acknowledge during the meeting that his involvement in trying to force a medical marijuana dispensary out of his Rockrimmon neighborhood, including calling the owner’s landlord, was inappropriate.
“Depending on his statements and attitude, I think that’s going to be the determining factor for me whether I submit the letter,” Paige said.
“If Mr. May in retrospect sees that this approach was inappropriate, I’m ready to move on and let the matter rest and let the people decide what’s appropriate and what’s not,” he said. “If he doesn’t seem to recognize that what he did was inappropriate, well then, I’ll take it to the next level.”
May, who is in Denver and could not be reached for comment, told The Gazette on Monday he acted as a citizen, not as an elected official, when he made inquiries about the Pure Medical dispensary and then when he filed a complaint against it with the city.
“I said, ‘I’m Dan May. But I’m calling you as a citizen.’ A number of the people that I spoke to knew I was the DA and then I would reconfirm, ‘I’m calling you as a citizen,’” he said Monday.
In recent days, Paige said he’s seen and read statements from May in news stories that “seem to suggest that he might have some heightened awareness” that his actions were inappropriate.
“I’m not trying to advance some political vendetta against Dan May,” he said. “Having been the person who got the alarmed phone call from a constituent fearing that he was being targeted by a high public official, I felt the need to speak out.”