Top Medical Marijuana Wholesaler To Expand Cochise County Operations

Phoenix-based The Pharm, one of the state’s largest wholesalers of medical marijuana is to expand its operations in Cochise County. The expansion is expected to create up to 50 new jobs.

The application for a special use modification was approved by a majority 5-2 vote. Local residents have 15 days to appeal the decision and have the matter decided by the Board of Supervisors.

The company has already invested more than $15 million at nearby West Greenhouse Drive, where it has 350,000 square feet of greenhouse and industrial space, employing around 150 people.

The Pharm will be planting 87,000 square feet of cannabis plants at a 99-acre property it occupies at 8251 N. Ingram Lane, Willcox.

At its January 9 meeting, the Cochise County Planning & Zoning Commission approved a special use modification, which will allow The Pharm to modify its original plans to utilize a greenhouse at Ingram Lane. It will now grow the plants outdoors.

In addition, the business will convert an existing home into an office, and repurpose a garage for equipment storage. No product will be stored at the property.

Development Services staff recommended approval of the application because it was in keeping with the rural agricultural nature of the area, and the economic development opportunities. The company will initially employ eight to 10 people, with a potential for 50 new jobs when the property is fully developed.

The County received eight letters supporting the application, and four letters against. Nearby neighbors say they are concerned about odor, security, light pollution, and potential impacts on wildlife.

Craig Boudle, The Pharm’s Director of Operations, said the aroma from the plants would be strongest during flowering – about two weeks, two times a year – but prevailing winds would help mitigate odor issues. Infrared cameras will monitor the site 24/7, and the proposed lighting will account for about seven percent of what is allowable under the County’s light pollution code, he added.

County planner Robert Kirschmann said The Pharm would need to contact the relevant state and federal agencies with regards to any threats to endangered species before construction begins.

4 Comments

  1. This location is right between “Apple Annie’s” orchard and the U pick vegetable farm. Bought the existing Hot house tomato farm that would go bankrupt even few years.

  2. So, when will Huckleberry and the Democrat clowns on the Pi,ma County Board be getting the county into the marijuana business to fund their misappropriation of taxpayer funds?

  3. Some Christians, or perhaps “Christians,” support anti-marijuana legislation, even though the Bible itself says all plants with seeds are put here for man’s benefit. (OK, so that eliminates sensimilla.)
    Other self-considered “moralists” support such laws so as, they say, to prevent everyone from becoming addicted and lazy. (Although they don’t stop to consider what that does to the corn and potato chip industry!)
    It’s really sad, and frustrating, that some think because they dislike any particular act or substance they can, therefore, get together a big-enough gang and force everyone else to forego it.
    I never had the least interest in using marijuana (unless I get glaucoma), but I also don’t have any interest in getting up Sunday morning and making the (for me large) effort to get ready and go to church.
    But that doesn’t mean I want to prevent others from doing so.
    Cochise County has been de-populating at a shocking rate. A report last year named us as, in fact, the fourth-fastest de-populating metropolitan region (rather stretching the definition of “metropolitan region” though).
    Cochise County is a truly wonderful place, with gorgeous scenery, fascinating history, generally nice weather, and the most cordial and open and welcoming people I have met anywhere in these United States.
    I hope we get more than one marijuana grower. And I wish we would get a Jerusalem artichoke grower, since those plants are such a good source for fuel alcohol. And we ought to have solar and wind companies begging for the chance to come here, since we have lots and lots of both sun and wind.
    But first of all, Cochise and all of Arizona need more welcoming attitudes to business in general. First of all, we need freedom.
    I am hoping next year’s election will give us some pro-freedom candidates, not just the usual run-of-the-mill establishment-type Republocrats.
    Our economy is suffering badly. Freedom, including a free market, would allow entrepreneurs — including agriculturalists — to grow (pardon the pun) and to hire others.

    • This is not the only one in Cochise County. The Pistachio orchards south of San Simon are claiming water rights all the way to Apache. Interesting not mention the Hot House tomatoes were filing for bankruptcy ever 3>7 years. Trucking companies were using this hmmm tomato hauling to write off loses on back hauls that stopped all local haulers in Cochise County. Trucking companies were put out of business which has the effect of further isolation Douglas/Bisbee. Like it or not Trumps new tax and limit write off losses is bringing more investment monies to the area. No more using tax loopholes to stifle competition Mesilla Valley & El Paso wont have dominance west of the continental divide much longer.

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