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9/18/2012 10:31:00 AM
Medical marijuana dispensary high on priority list for Williams P&Z
Conditional use permit for Route 66 Wellness center on agenda for Thursday meeting
The former Pouquette Reality building at 341 E. Route 66 may become a medical marijuana dispensary if a conditional use permit is approved by the Williams Planning and Zoning Commission as well as the Williams City Council. Ryan Williams/WGCN
The former Pouquette Reality building at 341 E. Route 66 may become a medical marijuana dispensary if a conditional use permit is approved by the Williams Planning and Zoning Commission as well as the Williams City Council. Ryan Williams/WGCN

Ryan Williams
Managing Editor

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Medical Marijuana could be a reality in Williams in the future if the Williams Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) and City Council sign off on the proposed location at 341 E. Route 66.

The former Pouquette Reality office is zoned for commercial use. MGF Funding, Inc., currently owns the approximately 660 square foot property, a short-term commercial real estate equity loan company.

On Sept. 5, an application for a Conditional Use Permit was submitted to operate a medical marijuana dispensary at the location. According to documents obtained from the city of Williams, the application and plans were reviewed and found to be in compliance with city Ordinance No. 916.

The application goes before P&Z Thursday at 7 p.m. and then pending approval will then go before the Williams City Council Sept. 27.

Tim Moore, a former real estate broker who did business in Williams and Ash Fork years ago, submitted the application. His path to founding a medical marijuana dispensary stems from his work with a cancer research center based in Scottsdale, Ariz.

"We got involved in that and then found out there was such a need for patients that are in critical condition that were not on the radar at all for any type of legal marijuana for them," Moore said.

Statewide, only 126 dispensaries will be allowed under Proposition 203, Arizona's Medical Marijuana Act. During the first drawing held in August, Moore said 99 were awarded.

Moore added city of Williams officials have created an open environment in which to seek the proper clearances for a dispensary.

"I think that Williams did a really good job making a public venue for people to talk about it if they needed to, but they did not make it over restrictive," he said. "In other words. I believe they put in the correct rules. I think the idea is they really want to have (a dispensary) there."

Should his application be approved, Moore said it will likely take some time before a fully functional dispensary, called the Route 66 Wellness Center, is up and running.

"We don't know how the (Arizona) Department of Health Services agenda is at this point and how quickly, even if we met all their criteria, because they have another set of criteria themselves that we have to meet, we may have to go back and forth with them to make sure that we do everything they would like us to do. We're going to be very low key and non-demonstrative up there," Moore said. "We're not in any hurry to open the doors and turn on the lights. That's not what we're about. We want to make sure we're on everybody's radar and they know what we're doing."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Article comment by: Ron Pauly

Joe,im sorry i mizspelled something.I hope it didnt cauze you to lose sleep.
By the way,i dont smoke pot, but i bet i could find it in a few hours,in Williams.
Its funny how willing people are to trample on the freedoms of others.

Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Article comment by: big talkers

Oh Jake where do you come up with your non-sense? It is MEDICAL, they can't sell it to kids. So it is ok that Flagstaff will have the greedy war lords, crime and murder? Don't you think that might spill over to Willilamsn since it is just a 20 or 30 minute drive? And since when did it only take 20 minutes to get to Flag, some of you are already brain dead with or with out medical marijuana.

Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Article comment by: Williams Resident

Well said Jake!
Even if I had the need for this 'medication' I certainly would not buy it in Williams.
We are a very small community and it seems many residents need to 'gossip', spread BS around just for fun.
Who needs it.

Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Article comment by: Get Real

These places have already been busted all over the country for selling to non card holders and fradulent card holders. It's a joke to think that only the seriously ill will partake. How many card holders are there in Williams. Certainly not enough to keep this business afloat without "extra" sales. Who owns this building? Who is starting this business? They will not be forgotten!

Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Article comment by: Jake Bookwalter

Icky. The person who will be distributing joints to the town will be very bored. How many people here in town? How many smoke joints? Where have the very few partakers been going to get their smokes? Flagstaff. May they continue to do so.
The truth. Marijuana is an illegal drug. Why don't we just open the flood gates of all illegal drugs and watch Williams slowly go down the drain. Illegal drugs come over the border illegally. It attracts corruption, greedy war lords, crime and murder. Is that what you want for Williams, to end up like Chicago, Detroit or LA? Our police will stop it. They may want a piece of the action as well, then what. I suggest as the citizens before me, get in a car pool and drive to Flagstaff 20 or 30 minutes. You think Williams has troubles now, you just wait. Booze and weed both stink. Drugs are addictive. Just because there are bars in town doesn't mean we have to have a drug shop too. How irrational is that! Children will and always have been curious, innocent, cheerful and easily swayed. Let's don't add more temptation to their already confusing lives.

Posted: Monday, September 24, 2012
Article comment by: sticky icky

If the guy follows all the restrictions and rules that the state, county and city have made in order to open one of these, then he has to be able to open it. Williams will lose in court if it denies this. It is for medical patients, not for sale to the general public. If he does sell it to anyone else, there is a police force in town to deal with it isn't there?

Posted: Monday, September 24, 2012
Article comment by: Joe Walbeck

Ron Pauly, learn to spell. You have the freedom to car pool to Flag and get your stinky junk.

Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2012
Article comment by: John Rawlinson

Re: Concerned Citizen. If you are worried about who is sitting outside the laundromat....stop in will meet the new owner who is there during operating hours, handing out quarters,dispensing soap, & keeping his business tidy. The only quarters I deal come in the shape of a coin.

Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2012
Article comment by: Mack The knife

All you drug users out there, go to the health clinic or hospital and get your weed. Oh, they don't have it there? I wonder why? Oops, then I guess you will have to get it where you have been getting it. Williams doesn't need to have a marijuana shop just for you. Our town only has 3000 or so people in it. You'll have to get off your couch and drive to Flag. What a stupid idea. I sure as h am not voting for anyone who approves this assinine idea. What we should be interested in is how to make this town a thriving tourist town where families can go back and say, boy that town of Williams was cool! Not boy what a let down.

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012
Article comment by: the truth

uniformed and naive? I am a arizona medical marijuana card holder. I have read the voter approved laws. I am more informed than most. You are also comparing other bad behavior "gang activity and organized crime" to what YOU see as another bad behavior, medical marijuana which you call "drug dealership" Is this Tom Horne? Quoting lyrics from a band known for drug use, (cocaine, heroin, marijuana) is Naive. In case you didnt know to be naive means that you lack experience or information.

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012
Article comment by: Williams Parent

All legal issues aside, marijuana is not my main concern. I love it when people start throwing concern for kids around. You know what the gateway drug is? That is right you guessed it alcohol! From one end of town to the other how many places are serving alcohol? Easier to count the ones that don't. Where is the concern for our youth on this issue? Oh ya, it is legal, which makes everything ok. I would rather pass by one dispensary, then down whiskey row any time.

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012
Article comment by: Truth You Say

Comparing bad behavior or other issues that are wrong (e.g., underage drinking, abuse of medications, etc) to other bad behavior (drug dealerships) is a common tactic of the uninformed and naive. We are not talking about anything else but the opening of a drug dealership on Rt 66. If it is approved, it should be in a different location - out of sight and out of town, period. As Led Zeppelin once said, it should be "over the hills and far away."

Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Article comment by: Don't be closed minded

Why are people so worried about a natural medicine with no side effects and zero fatalities, yes I said ZERO!! Prescription medication, handed out by our local pharmacy kill approximately 750,000 people a year. Why is nobody trying to run then out of town? How will it benefit our town? Taxes!!!

Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Article comment by: the truth

Organized crime and gang activity? haha. Thats a joke. Williams does not have gang activity to begin with so im pretty sure the gangs are not going to move operations to Williams because of a medical marijuana dispensary. Counterfit prescriptions becoming the norm? Wow, where do you get your info? You have to obtain a medical marijuana card and then you can purchase. Dispensaries are just now opening in Arizona so there hasnt been much time to "counterfit. Do you think that the local bars have not served liqour to underage kids with fake id's? Of cousre it has happend, and still does. Why arent you outside of the Sultana with a poster and bible preaching the sins of a "god made" plant. The rules for medical marijuana purchase are more stringent that for any other medication. I can go into Safeway and pick up pain killers in my wife's name with no questions asked. You cant even walk into the door of a dispensary without a card. You call these places illegal drug drive ins. You are wrong. These are places you pick up voter approved medication. You cannot get illegal drugs there. Until the government supplies Americans with health coverage they have no place to tell citizens what they can and cannot put into their bodies. The government should fix our pot holes and stay out of our private lives. Stop trying to control how others live. If you dont like medical marijuana then dont use it.

Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Article comment by: Ron Pauly

Its a good idea.Anouther source of taxs for the town.Helping releave pain and suffering.
Do you support freedom?

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