Carefree seeks to ban recreational dispensaries | City News | thefoothillsfocus.com – Foothills Focus


While 60% of Arizona’s voters approved Proposition 207 in November, Carefree’s voters were on the fence about the state allowing the recreational use, sale and possession of marijuana for anyone 21 and older.

Carefree’s Proposition 207 voting results showed residents were “almost split 50/50,” said Planning Director Stacey Bridge-Denzak during a recent town council meeting.

With that in mind, the town has considered how the new law will affect its residents and how it should be applied within its ordinances, she said. 

This prompted the discussion to amend the Carefree Town Code “to protect the health, safety, and welfare” of residents by only allowing dual-licensed medical dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana.

If approved, this ordinance means recreational marijuana dispensaries will not be a part of Carefree’s future, only marijuana dispensaries licensed to sell medical and recreational products. 

“We thought we need to do something,” Bridge-Denzak said while leading the presentation. “We don’t want to just wait and see what happens as licenses are approved by the Arizona Department of Health Services.”

“But at the same time, we want to be sure that we’re protecting our residents, we’re protecting our businesses, we’re protecting the values of what’s important to Carefree.”

Recreational marijuana sales began shortly after the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) started approving dual licenses on Jan. 22. 

The first reading of this item took place on Feb. 2. No public comments were received at that time.

Part of this proposed ordinance also prohibits the use, sale and possession of marijuana on town-owned or controlled property as well as public places. However, the Smart and Safe Arizona Act (SSAA) already forbids anyone from smoking marijuana on public grounds. 

The town wants to “preserve all of the public peace” as well as the health and safety of the community “but

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