By Patricia Sanders | Globe-Miami Times
Council approved moving forward on a conditional use permit for a marijuana dispensary at 2250 E. Highway 60, Suite M, after discussion and hearing public comments. The request will come back at the next meeting, on October 12, for final approval.
Dana Burkhardt, the Zoning Administrator, reminded the public that Council adopted an ordinance to allow recreational marijuana dispensaries last February. Lawrence Health Services has received a license from ADHS through a lottery process. The license is restricted to a location in Gila County, so it could not be moved out of the county.
Lawrence Health Services is now requesting the required conditional use permit to operate in Globe. The location is in the strip mall at Russel Road and US60, next to the Beverage House and near Tractor Supply. This area is zoned C-2. The Zoning Department has recommended the permit be granted.
The use permit allows the store to be open from 6 a.m. to midnight. There will be no drive-thru. This permit is strictly for retail sales and doesn’t allow cultivation or manufacturing, so odors should not be involved. ADHS regulates signage and has strict security requirements, so the establishment’s signage should be muted and its security should meet the state standards. The store manager will work closely with local law enforcement.