While Arizona voters elected to approve the legalization of recreational marijuana this past November, no changes are planned for the former local dispensary, Nature’s Medicines, which was recently turned into a culinary facility producing edible products.
Nature’s Medicines operated as a medical marijuana dispensary for a number of years in Fountain Hills. But the business, located at 16913 E. Enterprise Dr., was converted into a commercial kitchen in 2020, crafting baked goods, gummies, sodas and tinctures for Nature’s Medicines’ Reefer Gladness line of products.
The culinary facility is not a storefront, however, with products being shipped to dispensaries in Phoenix and Glendale.
According to CEO Jigar Patel, the culinary facility has proven to be quite successful for the company, leading to an ongoing remodeling project to expand the size of the kitchen. There is not, however, a plan to introduce a recreational dispensary branch of the business to the community.
While Proposition 207 was passed to allow recreational marijuana use within the state last fall, a new ordinance to regulate marijuana within Fountain Hills was preemptively passed during an Oct. 20 Town Council meeting.