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Willcox residents mention concern over proposed medical marijuana farm

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

People in Willcox are concerned about a proposed medical marijuana farm, which would be located near Fort Grant and Greenhouse Road.

According to documents obtained from the planning commission office in Bisbee, the name of company is West Edge LLC, a company out of Delaware, but the applicant lives in California. 

The proposed location is composed of a large green house in this rural part off Willcox, just a few miles away from Apple Annie's Orchard

County planning documents indicate the company wants to use about 850,000 square feet to grow marijuana.

County officials say all they looked at was land use issues when the majority approved these plans.

"We looked at whether it's a good fit, social and political issues aside," said planning manager Michael Turisk.

Social and political issues aside, who is west edge llc? The only contact number we found was a lawyer with Withey Morris in Phoenix. We left them several messages but no one returned our calls.

We checked with the Arizona Department of Health Services. The only people who can cultivate marijuana in Arizona have to be linked to a local dispensary in this state.

According to state records, no out of state companies have applied for a licence to open dispensaries to date.

So even if they get permission to use part of this greenhouse to grow medical marijuana, the company still needs a permit and a dispensary in the state before planting any crops.

Many Willcox residents we spoke to last night were surprised to hear about this proposed farming operation in their backyard.

"I'm surprised. We haven't' heard about it," Willcox resident Joyce Richmond said. "It's something I don't want in Willcox."

"This is the first I am hearing of it..  It's an agricultural area so I'm not surprised, honestly," said John Saenz.

Several residents support the project saying it will be good for the county and bring in jobs.

Anyone who opposes this project has one week to speak up. The appeals process will be open until next Thursday at 5 p.m.

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