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Medical Marijuana project denied in Cochise County

Posted at 12:56 PM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-14 14:56:45-05

TUCSON, Ariz — The Cochise County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday not to overturn a decision by the Planning and Zoning Commission to deny an application for an outdoor medical marijuana cultivation facility, according to the press release.

The unanimous decision made in December was originally appealed by St. Jude Alternative Healing represented Julia Patten.

However, after hearing reasons for denial from Development Services staff and following objections from residents living near the property at W. La Luna Drive, near Douglas, the commission agreed to uphold their original decision, the press release said.

“I have not heard anything that would make me want to change the planning commission’s decision,” said Supervisor Ann English in the press release.

The applicant for the facility requested two acres for the medical marijuana facility. The County staff recommended the decision be denied those acres based on traffic and road condition concerns, the visual impact of a 10-foot wall required under state law, lighting issues, odor programs and significant public input.

“Security lights are an issue, the 10-foot wall is not appropriate, and building a road out there will be incredibly expensive,” said Supervisor Pat Call in a press release. “There are also clear objections from the neighbors.”

At Tuesday's meeting, the Board did approve two liquor licenses for businesses in Naco and Elfrida, the press release said.

The first was a Series 12 restaurant license submitted by Donald Leonard Bartol for the Kountry Kafe at 10400 N. Highway 191, Elfrida.

The second application was submitted by Kevin Arnold Kramber on behalf of the Turquoise Valley Golf Course & RV Park, at 1794 W. Newell Street, Naco.

The Board’s decision on both applications will be forwarded to the Arizona Department of Liquor License and Control for final approval.