|Written by Greg Ruland|
|Sunday, 12 June 2011 12:00|
Nine businesses are scouting locations in Cottonwood to launch medical marijuana dispensaries, including one managed by the son of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Zoning for one dispensary proposing to both cultivate and distribute medical marijuana at the site was also approved, according to the city of Cottonwood long-range planner Charles Scully.
One location in the 200 block of South Candy Lane was not approved, Scully reported.
The letters from planning and zoning do not verify the potential dispensaries are in compliance with the city’s development or zoning regulations, Scully said.
Most of the potential dispensaries asked for zoning verification of locations on Main Street. Those include:
Two different dispensaries expressed an interest in the 1060 N. Main St. location, city records state.
Possible dispensary locations on State Route 89A and Sixth and 15th streets were also approved for zoning as follows:
Addresses on Cove Parkway were verified for two others:
Al dispensaries, managed by Brian O’Connor of Scottsdale and Dr. Jeffrey M. Taffet, an ear, nose and throat specialist with offices in Goodyear and Phoenix, asked for zoning verification on the 777 E. SR 89A location. O’Connor is son of Sandra Day O’Connor.
Brian O’Connor is also an owner of a car wash company, which has two locations in Sedona.
None of the potential dispensaries are approved to operate within the city and won’t be for the foreseeable future thanks to Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne.
“The attorney general filed for declaratory judgment in federal court about the legality of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act and our rules,” Arizona Department of Health Services announced on its official website.
The Arizona Department of Health Services was to begin reviewing applications June 1, but the lawsuit, which asks a federal court to determine whether state workers are exposed to criminal prosecution under the law, means no dispensary applications will be accepted in June.
“Because of the court filing and legal advice from the attorney general, ADHS won’t accept dispensary applications in June. However, we will continue to process applications for patient and caregiver cards,” the website states.
In the absence of dispensaries, people certified to receive medical marijuana have the legal right to grow as many as 12 marijuana plants in a secured area for their own use, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
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