Special Exception Process for marijuana dispensaries approved by Mayor and Council

On December 20, 2022, Mayor and Council voted 6-1 to approve an amendment to the Unified Development Code to add a Mayor and Council Special Exception land use procedure for marijuana dispensaries wishing to locate the City. This process applies to both medical and adult-use dispensaries and also applies to relocations or certain expansions of existing dispensaries.

This decision follows nine months of stakeholder and public engagement, as well as research and review of other AZ jurisdiction policies.

Additional background on this item, as well as information about Social Equity in Arizona can be found here.