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Pinal turns down tribal pot request

Casa Grande, Arizona (AP) March 2011

Pinal County supervisors are rejecting a call by Gila River Indian Community officials not to locate pot dispensaries within a mile of their borders because the tribe doesn’t recognize medical marijuana.

Tribal Gov. William R. Rhodes said in a letter the county’s cooperation would support his community’s stance against medical marijuana and help reduce safety hazards and criminal behavior that could arise from dispensaries located within a mile of the community’s boundary.

The Arizona Republic reports Pinal supervisors last week approved a medical-marijuana ordinance without accommodating the tribe’s Feb. 14 request. The ordinance dictates zoning rules for dispensaries and related facilities.

County Supervisor David Snider says supervisors could consider the tribe’s request on a case-by-case basis when dispensaries seek to operate on unincorporated county land.




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