Medical-marijuana business seeks permit to operate at 1575 E. 18th Ave.

Apache Junction Planning and Zoning Commission to discuss issue Dec. 10

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A medical marijuana cultivation and infusion kitchen facility proposed for 1575 E. 18th Ave. is to be considered at the Dec. 10 meeting of the Apache Junction Planning and Zoning Commission.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, 300 E. Superstition Blvd.

Nabis Holdings Inc. and Perpetual Healthcare Inc., represented by Lindsay Schube of Gammage and Burnham, are seeking a conditional use permit to be allowed to operate the nonprofit business on an industrial-zoned site.

Since 2014, the site has been used as a marijuana cultivation and infusion kitchen, Rudy Esquivias, the city’s planning manager, said in a memo to the commission.

In November 2017, the commission approved a CUP allowing Perpetual to move ahead with construction of a permanent building to replace uses temporarily housed in mobile minis. The new building was to be completed by Nov. 21, 2019. The two lots that comprise the site were also to be combined into one and the property was to hook up to sewer, he said.

“The operators failed to comply with the commission’s conditions of approval. In early 2019, both the property owner and Perpetual’s counsel informed staff that for numerous reasons, the facility was closing,” Mr. Esquivias said.

As of October 2019, Nabis Holdings, a Canadian-based investment company, gained 100% control of Perpetual Healthcare. It is Nabis that is submitting this new CUP application on behalf of Perpetual, he said.

“Nabis is proposing to essentially run a smaller operation. They propose to operate entirely out of the two existing buildings; will concentrate more on infusion; will have a significantly smaller cultivation component to their facility; and they are agreeable to complying with the city’s lot-combo and sewer-hookup conditions, as well as the other operating conditions which the city has requested of former facility operators and management entities,” Mr. Esquivias said.

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