By Taylor Seely | Arizona Republic
If you’ve driven on Interstate 10 south of Phoenix Sky Harbor airport and sniffed pungent, musky weed, you’re not alone. The city knows, too. Officials set a deadline of July 13 to get control of it.
The problem isn’t the cannabis store you’ve probably Googled and seen on your maps app. Instead, it’s a marijuana cultivation facility in the area operated by Trulieve, the parent company of Harvest. It produces and provides marijuana products to dispensaries.
The facility, near 24th and Magnolia streets, is nondescript. It’s a warehouse, sandwiched between other warehouses and locked with a gate. It also has an old sign that says “Marketfare Foods,” but it is not a food store. And while the cultivation facility has been there since 2013, it doesn’t appear on mapping apps.
But it came into public view in April when at least four surrounding business owners complained to the city about a potent “skunk-like odor” emanating from the facility that was “unpleasant for the surrounding community.”