US (AZ): Phoenix gives cultivation facility 6 more months to resolve odor problem

Phoenix city officials gave a cannabis cultivation facility struggling to control its odors another six months to solve the problem after an inspector said smells were still emanating a day before a July 13 public hearing.

The decision came two months after city officials first told the facility to get the cannabis potency in check. The facility's operator, Trulieve, was seeking a renewal of its annual use permit needed to continue operations when a handful of businesses in the area objected.

An attorney for two companies in the 24th Street area south of Interstate 10, Corey Foley, said an "unpleasant" and "skunk-like" odor from the facility had disturbed the community for a year, in violation of Phoenix codes.

One of several conditions companies must comply with to receive use permits, pot-related or not, is that they do not emit odors exceeding "ambient conditions" of the area โ€” in other words, no noticeable smell outside the boundaries of the business. Foley said companies didn't want Trulieve's permit revoked โ€” at least not yet โ€” they just wanted the smell to go away.

Trulieve representatives at the May 4 hearing agreed to a 60-day delay to implement mitigation measures, including sealing doors, the outside dumpster, and the facility roof, as well as installing more air and carbon purifiers.


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