Last Tuesday, Sept. 12, the Apache Junction Planning & Zoning Commission voted 6-1 to approve the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) request by Svaccha, LLC for a Medical Marijuana Dispensary to be located at 1985 W. Apache Trail in Suite 4 of the Palo Verde Plaza.
Commission Chair Tess Nesser, Vice Chair Peter Heck and Commissioners Luciano Buzzin, Michael Frank, Willie Howard and Michael McGraw voted to approve the CUP, with Commissioner Robert Schroeder voting no.
The dispensary will be the second one in Apache Junction and is located about a mile from Nature’s Wonder on N. Apache Trail. The city also has a medical marijuana cultivation site and kitchen, Perpetual Health Care, located about three miles east of the proposed dispensary.
Earlier this year, the Arizona Department of Health Services for the Apache Junction Community Health Analysis Area (CHAA) increased certificates for operating non-profit medical marijuana facilities in the area from one to two. The CHAA includes Apache Junction, county islands and Gold Canyon.
The state of Arizona awarded the second dispensary certificate to Svaccha, LLC.
The approved permit may be appealed by a “person aggrieved.” According to officials, they would be required to supply a letter stating their reason for appeal, pay a $350 fee (half of the permit’s application fee) and pay advertising costs (approx. $100) related to publicizing an additional hearing.