Chandler gets first request to grow marijuana

A week after the Arizona Department of Health Services released its final rules for the voter-approved medical marijuana program, a Phoenix man is seeking city permission to build Chandler’s first marijuana-growing operation.

William Myer and his Arizona Organix wants a permit to cultivate marijuana in an industrial park building at 6730 W. Chicago St., near 56th Street and Chandler Boulevard. He plans to use 1,000-watt lights, climate-control systems, blacked-out windows and double security doors, according to the application. The Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to cast an advisory vote tonight, sending it to the City Council for a final vote later this month.

City zoning records show the proposed 2,676-square-foot indoor growing site meets all city regulations and planners have recommended approval for a one-year permit. Contacted by phone, Myer declined to answer questions about his business.

However, in a letter he sent to the city, Myer said he is an Arizona State University graduate who worked in the homebuilding and land-development businesses and was laid off several times since 2005. “In February 2010, I learned of the potential medical marijuana opportunities in Arizona and tried to learn everything I could to put myself in the best position possible to get a license to operate.”

Voters approved Proposition 203 in November, and the Department of Health Services released its final rules March 28. The law allows qualifying patients with certain debilitating medical conditions to receive up to 2½ ounces of marijuana every two weeks from dispensaries or cultivate up to 12 marijuana plants if they live 25 miles or farther from a dispensary. There will be up to 126 dispensaries throughout the state.

Arizona’s medical-marijuana program officially begins April 14, when the department will begin accepting patient applications. Prospective dispensary owners can apply in June.

Cities had to develop zoning regulations for dispensaries and cultivation sites and they vary across the Valley. Under Chandler’s, dispensaries must be at least 5,280 feet from another medical marijuana facility and 1,320 feet from a school, public park, day-care center, place of worship or library. Cultivation and infusion facilities will be limited to commercial locations zoned for industrial, not retail, businesses.

via : AZ Central

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