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Ahwatukee Medical-Marijuana Dispensary Application Rejected

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A Phoenix zoning administrator has rejected an attorney's arguments that a medical-marijuana dispensary should be allowed to open near four Ahwatukee Foothills schools and a pediatrician's office.

Zoning administrator Ray Jacobs ruled this week in favor of arguments against the dispensary made by four area schools, a pediatrician and some neighbors. The dispensary is proposed by a company called Nowak Wellness Inc. for a shopping center at 4611 E. Chandler Blvd.

Phoenix City Code states that dispensaries cannot be closer than 1,320 feet to a school or public community center.

Summit School of Ahwatukee, a private school that serves kindergartners through high school students, is about 600 feet away from the proposed location. Horizon Community Learning Center, St. John Bosco Catholic School and Kyrene del Milenio School also are each a short walk from the location.

And, although there is no law against dispensaries opening near pediatric clinics, Dr. Mary Jo Kutler, a pediatrician with an office in the center where the dispensary is proposed, argued that medical marijuana could draw crime to the area.

Nowak Wellness has about two weeks to appeal Jacobs' ruling to the Phoenix Board of Adjustment.

Steve White, the attorney representing Nowak, maintains that state officials have designated Ahwatukee as one of 126 communities statewide that may have medical-marijuana dispensaries.

But, White said, finding a location in Ahwatukee that is not too close to a school, park, community center or residential area is tough.

"I don't understand the argument that the existence of this somehow endangers children," he added during an interview.

"Alcohol is being served near here."

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