The Bullhead City Council has approved a staff-recommended two year moratorium for new medical marijuana businesses operating within the city limits. City Manager Toby Cotter said the temporary ban will give city officials time to determine how to protect against questionable business practice within the industry.
Cotter said the exit of the only retailer in the Bullhead City market invited new activity that he said is out of compliance with state regulation. He said such practice included delivery of product from Lake Havasu City to medical marijuana card-holding customers in Bullhead city and the formation of a local cannabis club.
The moratorium approved during the March 28 council meeting leaves Mohave Valley-based Mohave Green in position to have a two year monopoly on retail sales within the city. Executive Curtis Devine indicated the company intends to establish a sales outlet in the vicinity of the Target store.
Green said Mohave Green is expanding its business into Bullhead City, Phoenix and California.
“We’ve recently been awarded seven new licenses by the Department of Health Services within the state of Arizona, so we now have eight licenses within the state,” Devine said. “We’re the largest license holder in the state of Arizona. Our goal is to increase our business here in the area and keep the jobs that we’ve been able to create here in the tri state area.”
Devine said Mohave Green has a workforce of about 60 people.
“We have about 45 staff members are out two cultivation sites,” Devine said. “We have another five staff members at our lab where we create concentrates and edibles. All of that is happening in Mohave Valley.”
Devine said the company employs another half dozen people in retail and will also put people to work in nearby Needles.
“We’re also expanding into California. We were the first approved for a use permit in Needles,” Devine said. “We have a 25,000 square foot cultivation facility that we just started construction on last week.”