Harvest marijuana dispensary no longer planned for upscale north Phoenix area – The Arizona Republic


Arizonans have expected a measure aimed at legalizing marijuana following a failed effort at legalization in 2016. The details of the proposal are now public for the first time. (Photo: Associated Press)

A medical marijuana dispensary is no longer planned for a site at Tatum and Shea boulevards in north Phoenix.

Harvest Health and Recreation Inc. withdrew its rezoning application with the city at the end of August, according to a city spokesperson.

Harvest, which is based in Tempe and has the most dispensaries of any company in Arizona, declined to comment on why it decided not to move forward with the new location. It had filed the zoning change request in July.

The company may have faced pushback from surrounding neighborhoods. 

In other affluent areas of metro Phoenix, neighbors and nearby businesses have fought to ban dispensaries because of fears of inappropriate behavior or diminished property values. 

Harvest pulls back on one spot as it opens in another

Harvest had hoped to convert vacant suites in a commercial building on the northwest corner of Tatum and Shea boulevards into a 5,000-square-foot dispensary.

The upscale corner includes the popular OHSO Brewery, along with a Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. The dispensary would have gone into the commercial building that currently has PV Pie and Wine, Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt and Eat Organic Eatery. 

Harvest officials declined to discuss that location even as the company expands elsewhere in the city.

In September, Harvest opened its 15th medical marijuana dispensary in Arizona near 19th and Peoria avenues.

Harvest opened a medical marijuana dispensary near Peoria and 19th avenues in September. The company pulled plans for another north Phoenix location in August. (Photo: Courtesy of Harvest)

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