Law Change Would Expand Medical Marijuana Business In Apache Junction

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 1:39pm
Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 2:05pm

A business interested in setting up a dispensary in the city requested changes to city code that would allow it to operate and deliver medical marijuana.

There are two medical marijuana businesses in Apache Junction, a medical marijuana dispensary and a combination cultivation facility and infusion kitchen. Current Apache Junction code limits any expansion beyond this.

Last fall, Tthe Arizona Department of Health Services determined Apache Junction and surrounding areas could accommodate an additional dispensary, cultivation facility or infusion kitchen.

The changes SVACCHA, LLC proposed to Apache Junction’s city code would allow more facilities, provide medical marijuana delivery and define hours of operation.

“From planning staff point of view we agree with some of these changes,” said senior city planner Rudy Esquivias. “We don’t agree with all of the changes so we’re making our own recommendation relative to the applicant’s request.”

For example, city staff does not support the development of medical marijuana outlets in planned development districts or delivery.

Apache Junction’s Planning and Zoning Commission will meet Tuesday night and decide whether to recommend the changes to council. If approved by council at their March 7 meeting, the new law would take effect in early April.

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