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Proposed Svaccha medical-marijuana dispensary close to homes, resident says

Proposed Svaccha medical-marijuana dispensary close to homes, resident says

by Richard H Dyer | Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent

An Apache Junction resident who lives south of a planned medical-marijuana dispensary is questioning why it needs to be at West Apache Trail and South Palo Verde Drive.

“I think it’s completely inconsistent with a residential neighborhood, which is predominately what it is,” Brenda Gifford, of the 100 block of South Palo Verde Drive, said at the Aug. 22 meeting of the Apache Junction Planning and Zoning Commission. “I think that this is a destination kind of business and if you build it they will come. So wherever you build it they will come. People will come and they will find it. If they want a medical-marijuana dispensary, they will go to it. It doesn’t have to be convenient. It doesn’t need to have drive-by visibility,” she said.

Five locations were considered for a new nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary, but the best one is at 1985 W. Apache Trail Suite No. 4, Jenifer Corey, representing the applicant, Svaccha LLC, said at the meeting.

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