State grants two marijuana dispensary licenses for Santa Cruz County – Nogales International

The Arizona Department of Health Services used a random lottery-style selection on Monday afternoon to choose the winners of two available licenses to operate retail marijuana establishments in Santa Cruz County.

When the white balls with the numbers 35 and 25 were picked out of the bingo blower, two applicants – one with a Tubac address and the other with a Kino Springs parcel number – were the winners among a pool of 43 applications.

That meant that Tucson-based business owner Aari Ruben, who had applied through his company Cactus Bloom Facilities Management LLC for the Tubac location, could move forward with his plans to open a recreational marijuana dispensary in the local area.

But information regarding the ownership and the exact location for the second local licensee, listed as MK Associates LLC, was much more vague. Instead of a street address, the state listed only a parcel number and a Nogales zip code for the company.

“Property located in Kino Springs area is a vacant lot and does not have an address yet,” Roberto Liquidano, the county’s lead planning and zoning technician, wrote in an email.

“Both properties are zoned B-2 (general business) and do not require a conditional use permit to operate

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