The Globe City Council won’t be making a final decision on a permit application for a new

recreational marijuana dispensary until they meet again Oct. 12, but their Sept. 28 meeting

included a public hearing on the proposed facility. Council members also listened to a presentation

by city staff and a representative of the applicant.

On Sept. 15, the City Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended council

approval of a conditional use permit request by Lawrence Health Services to open an adult use

marijuana dispensary at 2250 E. Highway 60, on the southeast corner of the highway and Russell

Road. Earlier this year, Lawrence Health was among 13 winners of an Arizona Department of

Health Services lottery awarding recreational licenses.

In their permit application, Lawrence Health stated that the retail-only dispensary would benefit Globe’s economy  through state, local and excise taxes as provided in Proposition 207. During the council meeting Pele Fischer, Lawrence Health’s legal representative, said they anticipated hiring at least 15 full-time employees and that the license could not be moved out of Gila County.

City Zoning Administrator Dana Burkhardt and Fischer allayed any council concerns about  potential odor by saying the business would only sell pre-packaged items, not

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