PHOENIX — A judge is ordering Maricopa County to pay $190,000 for attorney
fees incurred by a Sun City medical marijuana dispensary operator.
The dispensary successfully
challenged the county’s refusal to provide zoning clearance for the facility.
Superior Court Judge Michael D. Gordon also ordered the county to pay $3,700 in
other legal costs borne by White Mountain Health Center Inc. plus a $5,000
penalty for trying to impose a blanket prohibition on medical marijuana
Gordon previously ruled in White Mountain’s lawsuit that the county wasn’t in
compliance with Arizona’s voter-approved law on medical marijuana.
The county is appealing Gordon’s ruling that dispensaries are allowed despite
federal laws against marijuana trafficking.
Since that ruling, the county in January approved a new ordinance allowing
dispensaries in commercial zones and cultivation sites in industrial zones.