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Judge: Maricopa County medical pot shops have only 1 zoning restriction

PHOENIX — A judge has ruled that Maricopa County doesn’t have an
enforceable zoning ordinance limiting where medical marijuana dispensaries can
be located.

Superior Court Judge Michael Gordon’s recent ruling supplements one he issued
last month when he overturned the county’s zoning ordinance for marijuana

Since then, the state Court of Appeals issued an order saying that a case
involving a planned dispensary in Sun City remained with the jurisdiction of
Gordon’s court through Dec. 31.

Gordon’s latest ruling said that means the only restriction on dispensaries in
the county’s unincorporated areas is a state law barring them within 500 feet of

His Oct. 14 ruling said the county’s zoning ordinance on dispensaries violated
the state’s medical marijuana law and appeared to be an attempt to thwart that


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