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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

In a vote of five to one, Marana town officials voted against building medical marijuana farms in their community.

The police chief has been very concerned about safety and image. Today he told town officials he did not want the town of Marana to be called Marana-juana.

In a slip of the tongue, a town official actually referred to Marana as marijuana at one point, drawing loud laughs from the crowd.

Dozens of people were protesting the issue today.

The request today was from a company called Arizona Natural Remedies out of Ajo. They wanted to farm medical marijuana on 85 acres of land.

Those in support say it's already legal in the state and the demand is so high. Dispensary owners are having a tough time supplying that demand.

They desperately need local growing sites so they can cultivate the medicine and have a higher quality product. 

"We liked the people we were working with in Marana. We hoped it would work," said Arizona Natural Remedies spokesman Gordon Hamilton. "It was convenient, but you don't want to be in a place you're not welcome."

"From a public safety standpoint, it sets a bad precedent," said Marana Police Chief Terry Rozema.

Dispensary owners say they will just have to start looking at other sites and try their luck in other communities.

They feel this decision will hurt the medical marijuana patients who need this medication to manage pain. More than 70 of their patients are elderly residents who are sick.

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