Public Hearing and Meeting of the
City of Globe Planning and
Wednesday July 11, 2018 6:00 PM
Globe City Council Chambers
Two items were on the agenda at the Public Hearing and
Meeting of the City of Globe Planning and Zoning
Commission, and after much discussion and public input
from the sparse crowd, both passed.
Up for vote were a proposed conditional use permit for
medical marijuana cultivation at 1900 E Ash St, the former
site of the bowling alley behind the Holiday Inn Express;
and a change in the city zoning code to allow for an
additional medical marijuana facility.
Chris Collopy, Globe's head of zoning had a few concerns
over the conditional cultivation permit: Air Treatment (to
prevent fumes from wafting through the neighborhood);
Sewer Treatment (to stop cannabis residue from entering the
city sewer system); lighting (to ensure that surrounding
neighborhoods would not be disturbed); security, fencing,
and paving the driveway for emergency access, such as fire.
Former Gila County Supervisor Mike Pastor shared
Collopy's concern about security and air quality, expressing
his hope that there would be environmental monitoring of
the air aroma surrounding the facility.
KQSS' Jon Cornell suggested that in addition to the
conditions listed by the Commission, that there be a written
mechanism in place to allow for local inspections verifying
the adopted conditions are met. The Commission readily
accepted Cornell's advice and added it to the requirements.
Eli Harding, a principal investor in the project who has
managed two similar facilities in the Valley saw no issues
with the conditions. He noted that security is already set by
the state, as are routine inspections. The site would be under
24 hour armed guard protection, a cement wall will surround
the property, which would have a single entry and cameras in
every room. The building will be outfitted with a
self-contained sewer system, and two systems for air
handling: ozone generators and carbon filters. No retail
would occur at the facility, which will not be open to the
public. Harding said that approximately 6,000 square feet of
the 22,000 square foot building would be used for growing.
The remaining area will be offices. 5 to 10 local staffers will
be hired subject to background checks and drug testing.
Paul Conant, the Phoenix attorney representing the project
noted that the state laws governing medical marijuana were
enacted in 2011 after a Citizen Initiative on the 2010 ballot
passed. When asked what impact an initiative legalizing
recreational marijuana would have on the facility if passed in
the future, Conant speculated that the growing floor might
go from 6,000 to 10,000 square feet without impacting the
The property is part of the Ellsworth estate. The bowling
alley was started by the family patriarch, now passed on, and
the building has been vacant for over a decade. Several
family members were in attendance, fully supportive of the
Changing the code from one to two medical marijuana
related businesses in Globe is necessary to allow a new
concern to replace the former dispensary downtown. As it
now stands, the grow business would eliminate that
possibility. Without a code change, the sale of medical
marijuana here would effectively be prohibited.
The Commission passed both items, 3 to 1. Chairman
Carmen Corso, along with Commissioners Rosalie
Lamentola-Ayala and William Leister approved.
Commissioner Jan Shumway objected. Commissioner
Carl Williams was absent. Commission approval does not
make the grow facility a reality. Both items must now be
passed by the Globe City Council for that to happen.