Cochise County Board of Supervisors reject bid to build pot farm near Douglas


BISBEE —  The Cochise County Board of Supervisors upheld a decision Tuesday by the Planning & Zoning Commission to deny an application for an outdoor medical marijuana cultivation facility.

St. Jude Alternative Healing, represented by Julia Patten, appealed the unanimous decision, originally made in December.

The Board considered the Development Services staff’s reasons for denial and objections from residents living near the property at W. La Luna Drive, near Douglas, in agreeing to uphold the commission’s vote.

“I have not heard anything that would make me want to change the planning commission’s decision,” said Supervisor Ann English at the Board’s regular meeting on February 12.

The applicant had wanted to cultivate two acres, but County staff recommended the application be denied, based on a number of factors, including traffic and road condition concerns, the visual impact of a 10-foot wall required under state law, lighting issues, odor problems, and significant public input.

“Security lights are an issue, the 10-foot wall is not appropriate, and building a road out there will be incredibly expensive,” said Supervisor Pat Call. “There are also clear objections from the neighbors.”