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Sahuarita, Oro Valley: We won't allow recreational-only marijuana dispensaries

Posted at 10:08 AM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 13:35:47-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — The towns of Sahuarita and Oro Valley will not permit marijuana dispensaries solely licensed to sell recreational marijuana to open within its borders.

Arizona voters passed Prop. 207, making recreational marijuana legal in the state. A spokesperson for the town of Sahuarita says the town will only permit nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries that are dual-licensed to sell recreational marijuana to operate.

Teri Bankhead, Sahuarita Assistant Town Manager, released this statement via email:

We are not permitting dispensaries to operate within the town limits unless it is a non-profit medical marijuana dispensary that is dual licensed by ADHS for recreational as well. That could happen if the proposition passes. We have one medical dispensary in the town currently. If the proposition passes and they apply for the dual license, then the ordinance passed last night would permit them to have both at the same location. If the proposition fails, the establishment remains medical only.

Joe Lunne, a spokesman for Oro Valley, released this statement:

The Town of Oro Valley adopted an ordinance that restricted the sale of recreational marijuana to only those providers who also hold a dual license selling recrational marijuana. Those providers will be required to follow the same zoning regulations currently in place for medical marijuana dispensaries. The Town did not ban recreational marijuana. The final, adopted ordinance meets the requirements of Proposition 207.