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A Third Arizona Town Passes Law to Restrict Recreational Marijuana

Payson Arizona

In October, the city councils in the Arizona towns Sahuarita and Gilbert proactively banned aspects of any future recreational marijuana legalization laws in Arizona. The towns apparently believe Arizonans will vote to legalize adult-use marijuana via Prop 207 on Nov 3.

Now, a third Arizona town—Payson—has decided to create some recreational marijuana restrictions of their own, Payson Roundup reported.

Payson’s mayor, Tom Morrissey, told the town council, “We do have control over alcohol,” but “this (cannabis) is something we have never faced before.”

Payson’s new Ordinance 923 would prohibit cannabis on public property, enact “reasonable regulations” for residential cannabis cultivation, and give extra control to the town over where cannabis businesses may operate.

The ordinance states that Payson will consider each marijuana business’s application on a case-by-case basis.

One town council member said, “While we don’t know what the outcome is going to be on Nov. 3 … staff (can) begin to consider what may fit in support of this new ordinance,” he said.

Payson’s new ordinance is much less restrictive than the new marijuana-related restrictions in Sahuarita and Gilbert. Gilbert is the strictest, by far, because they prohibit recreational cannabis dispensaries and cannabis testing facilities from operating in the town.

Photo: Don Graham/Flickr CC2.0 Modified



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