The latest chapter of a long-simmering feud between two local cannabis heavyweights in Tucson played out in Tucson’s Board of Adjustments last week, as a previous zoning decision was successfully appealed by Downtown Dispensary owner Moe Asnani.
Now that the board has decided that the dispensary falls within its recently updated Unified Development Code, Downtown Dispensary is set to take advantage of the 10,000 square feet of allowable space for marijuana retail businesses and will expand its footprint at 221 E. Sixth Street.
On May 25, the Board of Adjustments voted 4-2 in deciding that Santa Theresa Tile Works, across the street from the dispensary, is not in fact a K-12 school despite holding art classes for Imago Dei Middle School, a “small, independent, tuition-free private school” founded in 2006 that offers Episcopalian education for low-income kids in grades 5-8.
With that hurdle out of the way, and with a caveat of ongoing litigation between Asnani and Prime Leaf co-owner and former Tucson councilmember Michael Crawford, Downtown Dispensary can move forward with an expansion plan in the works since the advent of the COVID pandemic.
“I’m pleased,” Asnani said in