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Higher education institutions in town looking to open back up

THROUGH A PANDEMIC

Here is how enrollment changed by percentage from fall 2019 to fall 2020 for the three higher educational institutions serving Gilbert. Enrollment changes by percentage

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continued expansive growth despite COVID-19—Park by about a quarter and UA’s nursing program by more than double. But CGCC, like community col- leges across the nation, took a hit, fall- ing about 14% in enrollment. Ocials at all three schools expressed an institutional hope to return to a more normal environment in the fall, although COVID-19 may leave some permanent changes in how much is oered online. “It’s a challenge for everyone, but CONTINUED ON 10

Much like their counterparts in K-12 education, the higher education insti- tutions serving Gilbert have learned to pivot through the COVID-19 pandemic, school ocials said. Park University-Gilbert, the Univer- sity of Arizona and Chandler Gilbert Community College steered their own courses in the past year, each relying on varying degrees of online instruction. The eects on enrollment have been mixed. The two newer programs housed in Gilbert’s University Building

Chandler Gilbert Community College

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SOURCES: PARK UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, CHANDLER GILBERT COMMUNITY COLLEGE COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

   

Voters approved Proposition 207 in the November election, allowing for the sale and use of recreational marijuana statewide. Sales began in late January.

The launch of legal adult-use marijuana sales across Arizona has gone smoothly since they began in January, according to various stakeholders in and out of the industry, but the eects upon municipalities like Gilbert and Chandler are still to be seen. The Smart and Safe Arizona Act passed with 60% of the vote as Proposition 207 last November, legalizing Legalizing recreational marijuana grows industry BY TOM BLODGETT AND ALEXA D’ANGELO

recreational marijuana in the state with a 16% excise tax placed on sales to fund public programs. Under the act, users must be 21 or older and are allowed to possess no more than 1 ounce with no more than 5 grams of it being marijuana concentrates or extracts. However, the licenses for retailers were largely limited to established medical marijuana dis- pensaries, as is the case for the one dispensary in Gilbert and the ve with Chandler addresses, and no new sellers are allowed in either jurisdiction. Use of marijuana for medical purposes was legal- ized in 2010 by the passage of Proposition 203, which CONTINUED ON 13

MARIJUANA REVENUES COLLECTED IN 2021

$14.58M Total marijuana tax $6.22M Medical marijuana sales tax $5.09M Marijuana excise tax $3.27M Recreational marijuana sales tax

SOURCE: ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Council passes $988million town budget

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FROMAMY: With the town of Gilbert setting local ordinances related to the business of recreational marijuana and one dispensary in town, we look at the possible economic impact of the passage of Proposition 207 on our local municipalities in our front-page story. These sales began earlier this year, so our story gives an early look into the results of the passage and the 16% excise tax it imposed. Amy Ellsworth, PUBLISHER

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functional training area, basketball court and recovery room with massage beds. 480-531-1217. https://eosfitness.com/ location/gilbert-s-val-vista-dr-e-pecos-rd 5 Hair of the Dog opened April 17 at 3133 S. Lindsay Road, Ste. 107, Gilbert. The wine bar, tap house and coffee shop is designed to be a dog-friendly neigh- borhood bar. 480-219-5489. www.hairofthedoggilbert.com 6 Forefront Dermatology opened an office April 5 at 875 N. Greenfield Road, Ste. 108, Gilbert. It offers general, surgical and cosmetic dermatology care along with related laboratory services. The practice diagnoses and treats skin cancer and all diseases of the skin, hair, and nails. 480-801-2103. https://forefrontdermatology.com/ location/gilbert-az-85234 7 A Holiday Inn Express & Suites opened May 3 at 5530 S. Power Road, Gilbert. The 55,000-square-foot hotel has 98 guest rooms, a 700-square-foot meeting space, and exercise and pool facilities. 480-507-3000. www.hiexpress.com/gilbertarptaz 8 JMA Integrated Medicine opened March 15 as an injection specialty clinic at 3755 S. Gilbert Road, Ste. 109, Gilbert. It provides trigger point injections, joint injections, Vitamin B complex and amino blend shots for improved health and weight loss management. It anticipates offering hormone replacement therapy, expanded vitamin shots, Botox and Juve- derm in the future. 480-821-9388. www.jmaim.com 9 Modish Nails & Spa opened Jan. 24

at 4099 E. Williams Field Road, Ste. 103, Gilbert, in the Post at Cooley Station development. It offers professional nail care, spa services and waxing services for men and women. 480-590-8862. www.facebook.com/modishnailsandspa 10 Nationwide Vision Centers opened a location Jan. 29 at 4099 E. Williams Field Road, Ste. 101, Gilbert in the Post at Cooley Station development. It offers eye exams, contact lenses, eye glasses, glaucoma screenings and eye treatments. 480-988-3581. https://nationwidevision.com/locations/ gilbert-vision-center-williams-and-recker 11 Targeted Chiropractic opened Feb. 1 at 1166 E. Warner Road, Ste. 101, Gilbert. The clinic speclalizes in pain management and spinal adjustment. 480-339-7142. 12 Energized Nutrition is targeting a June 5 opening at 717 W. Ray Road, Ste. B4, Gilbert. It is an Herbalife Nutrition Center and offers energizing teas, protein coffee, meal replacement shakes and drinks, protein doughnuts and fat burner shots among other items. 505-859-2673. https://addiemarie.goherbalife.com 13 Goldfish Swim School will open June 15 at 4568 S. Higley Road, Gilbert. It has a state-of-the-art pool and offers lessons to children as young as 4 months. 480-680-2323. www.goldfishswimschool.com/gilbert 14 Great Clips will open a location at 4099 E. Williams Field Road, Ste. 105, Gilbert, in the Post at Cooley Station development. The hair salon chain does cuts for men, women and children. An www.targetedchiro.com COMING SOON

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E. HUNT HWY. NOWOPEN 1 A Big O Tires franchise opened March 15 at 3273 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert. The national tire franchisor sells tires and offers a full array of auto main- tenance and repair services. This is the third Big O location in Gilbert. 480-685-2500. www.bigotires.com 2 Café Rio Mexican Grill opened a location April 21 at 5415 S. Power Road, Gilbert. The restaurant serves made- from-scratch Mexican food with fresh

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Based on the 1988 movie that starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine, two swindlers who team up for a period find the French Riviera is not big enough for the two of them to work their schemes on women. The two make a bet to see who will stay and who will leave. 7:30 p.m. (Thu.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.). $40-$42, $22 (youth tickets must be prepurchased at box office or website). Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. 480-497-1181. www.haletheatrearizona.com JUNE 11 BALLOONS &BUBBLES WORKSHOP This workshop will teach participants how to make balloon arrangement bouquets. Participants should bring their own balloons. Registration required. 5-6:30 p.m. $45. Gilbert Community Center, 130 N. Oak St., Gilbert. 480-435-6200. https://anc. apm.activecommunities.com/gilbertaz

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opening date has not been announced. 800-473-2825. www.greatclips.com 15 GypsyCup is opening this summer in the Heritage Marketplace at 366 N. Gil- bert Road, Gilbert. Originating out of its food truck operation, it will serve coffee and cocktails. 480-776-4960. www.gypsycup.com 16 Super Star Car Wash will open a location at 7165 S. Val Vista Drive, Gil- bert. It will offer express and full-service car washes, auto detailing and oil and lube services. No opening date has been announced. 623-536-5956. www.superstarcarwashaz.com RELOCATIONS 17 Sonoran Spine moved to a new Gilbert office May 3 at 3717 S. Rome St., Ste. 106, Gilbert. The center provides

spine care treatment for all ages from conservative to surgical. Gilbert is one of its eight locations in the Valley. 480-962-0071. www.sonoranspine.com EXPANSIONS 18 LifeChurch held its first worship service May 2 in its new worship center at 16831 S. Greenfield Road, Gilbert. It is a nondemoninational Pentecostal Christian church. 480-240-9252. www.azlife.church NEWOWNERSHIP 19 Donald and Karra Garcia purchased Unstoppable Martial Arts on March 19. at 1534 E. Ray Road, Ste. 109, Gilbert. Taekwondo and life skills are taught in the studio. 480-630-1944. https://unstoppablemartialarts.com

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES E. GUADALUPE RD.

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ONGOING PROJECTS 1 Germann Road upgrades

3 Recker Road improvements The town will improve Recker Road to meet mi- nor arterial road standards, including four lanes and a raised median. Status: Work restarted May 3 with construction approximately 60% complete. All base paving is complete. Progress had been halted in October when the town issued a notice of termination to the contractor for uncured defaults. Timeline: January 2020-September 2021 Cost: $3.94 million Funding sources: town of Gilbert, developer contributions 4 Val Vista Drive widening The town is widening Val Vista Drive from Appleby Road—about where Val Vista narrows to one lane in each direction—to Riggs Road. Status: Traffic is restricted to one lane in each di- rection. The hard closure of Chandler Heights on the west of Val Vista was lifted May 7 and then moved to the east side of Val Vista. The project was approximately 80% complete as of May 6. Timeline: March 2020-August 2021 Cost: $34.28 million Funding sources: town of Gilbert, Maricopa Association of Governments

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Germann Road will be improved to major arterial roadway standards, including six lanes and a raised median. The project will also include Lindsay Road improvements between Loop 202-Santan Freeway and one-quarter mile south of Germann Road. Status: Construction is underway on northbound Lindsay Road. Crews will maintain one lane in each direction while maintaining lefts at signal- Funding sources: town of Gilbert, Maricopa Asso- ciation of Governments, developer contributions 2 Lindsay/Loop 202 interchange An interchange at Lindsay and Loop 202 will be built to provide access to the freeway. Status : Traffic restrictions on Lindsay began in March and will remain throughout the remainder of the project. The project is coordinating traffic control with the Germann Road improvements project. Construction was 25% complete as of May 6. Timeline: October 2020-November 2021 Cost: $18.15 million Funding sources: town of Gilbert, Maricopa Association of Governments, developer contributions ized intersections whenever possible. Timeline: October 2020-January 2022 Cost: $27.43 million

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News from Gilbert and Gilbert Public Schools

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QUOTEOFNOTE

Council OKs preliminary budget GILBERT For the second consec- utive year, Gilbert Town Council is heading toward a budget that is smaller than the previous year. The council gave preliminary approval May 4 to a $988.25 million budget for scal year 2021-22, $4.59 million less than this year’s budget. Council also passed a levy of the town’s voter-approved bonds. It maintains the town’s secondary property tax rate of $0.99 per $100 of assessed valuation. Both the budget and levy passed on 5-2 votes with council members Aimee Yentes and Laurin Hendrix voting in dissent. A vote on nal approval is sched- uled for June 1.

YEAR OVER YEAR The town of Gilbert’s budget has gone down the past two years, while the levy has gone up and the secondary property tax rate has remained at. Budget

MEETINGSWE COVER Gilbert Town Council June 1, 15, 6:30 p.m. 50 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert 480-503-6871 • www.gilbertaz.gov Gilbert Public Schools board June 8, 22, 6 p.m. 140 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert 480-497-3300 www.gilbertschools.net Higley USD board May 19, 5 p.m. June 9, 10 a.m. June 23, 5 p.m. 2935 S. Recker Road, Gilbert 480-279-7000 • www.husd.org Chandler USD board June 9, 23, 7 p.m. 1525 W. Frye Road, Chandler 480-812-7000 • www.cusd80.com Follow us on Twitter: @impactnews_gil “IT’S HEARTENING TO HEAR ... OURHEAD IS ABOVEWATER.” CHARLES SANTA CRUZ, GPS GOVERNING BOARD PRESIDENT, ON THE DISTRICT’S CLEAN AUDIT

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Reed Carr resigning fromschool board GILBERTPUBLIC SCHOOLS An emotional Reed Carr announced his resignation from Gilbert Public Schools governing board, eective June 30, at the conclusion of the board’s April 27 meeting. Carr cited growing outside demands

on his time and said he thought the timing was right as a dicult school year ended with the district emerging from the pandemic. Reecting on his time in the district as a parent, volunteer, booster and school board member, he called the district a blessing to his family. “I’ve always tried to improve our schools’ ability to serve children,” Carr said.

Carr’s term was to run until January 2025. His immediate succes- sor will be chosen

by appointment fromMaricopa County Schools Superintendent Steve Watson before a 2022 election to ll the nal two years. Reed Carr

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DINING FEATURE RinoD’s Pizza&Wings Ownership of next door pool hall proves benecial D aryl Chester is not a pizza 2017, signed the kitchen managers to a retention contract and made nearly no menu changes. BY TOM BLODGETT

guy. He is more of a bar guy or a billiards guy, and those enterprises are where he has made his living for most of his career. But Chester, who owns Jester’s Bil- liards in Gilbert, was presented with an unusual opportunity in 2017 when the owner of Rino D’s Pizza &Wings, next door to his place, told Chester she was going to retire and wanted to know if he was interested in buying it. Chester was not looking to go into the pizza business, but he was con- cerned about the development. The two businesses had a longstanding partnership in which Rino D’s acted as the food kitchen for his bar. “When she said she wanted to retire, I was fearful that somebody would buy it and change the recipes or do some- thing dierent with it,” Chester said. “And I said, ‘Yeah, I’ll buy it. We’ll just integrate it into what we’re doing.’” So Chester took over in November

“If it ain’t broke, don’t x it,” Chester said. “I mean, it was doing well, and I had no complaints.” In fact, Chester said the partnership with Jester’s does work well, with the bar supplying about 25% of Rino D’s business. The two have kept separate storefronts. Rino D’s by nature is a takeout and delivery place, with seating for only about eight inside and a couple more outside. Chester said about 5% of the business is dine-in. But that proved benecial when the pandemic hit and restaurants’ dining rooms closed. “When everything was shut down, we were doing gangbusters,” he said. “It was all hands on deck. I moved some of my employees from the bar over there to help out because we were so busy.”

The ingredients for Rino D’s pizzas are made from scratch in the kitchen, including dough daily and sauce every other day. (Photos by Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

RinoD’s Pizza&Wings 1515 S. Gilbert Road, Ste. 114, Gilbert 480-545-2700 http://rinodspizza.com Hours: Mon.-Thu. 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

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BUSINESS FEATURE

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My Little Shop Furniture& Decor/BarnWalls Husband, wife run businesses from shared space J azel Moreno said she never considered herself handy. But that took a turn in 2013 when about nding pieces at thrift stores. Miguel said thrift store owners know her as “the crazy furniture lady.”

The showroom for the businesses is small because pieces move so fast, owner Jazel Moreno said. (Photos by Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

she was looking to redo her home with husband Miguel but could not nd aordable furniture she liked. But then it hit her while watching instructional videos online: she could do this. “I mean, I was probably a little crafty,” she said. “But I never thought that I could work with power tools, no, never.” Soon enough, she refurbished her rst piece, started doing some for friends, selling some on Craigslist and even gaining acceptance at a market. Before long, Moreno quit her job, and My Little Shop Furniture & Decor was o and running. Moreno said she still gets excited

Miguel had a good full-time job but helped where he could. As the busi- ness grew, he became increasingly involved. He started experimenting with signs and, at Jazel’s suggestion, headboards. Soon demand for his pieces had him laboring at both jobs from 5 a.m.-10 p.m. That schedule led Miguel to quit his day job and take on Barn Walls full time. The businesses have expanded three times into larger, though shared, spaces. “My Little Shop Furniture, it’s 100% local, and Barn Walls, we gured out that we could ship that,” Miguel said. “And so we wanted to separate it for marketing purposes.”

Miguel and Jazel Moreno have been married since 2003.

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Enrollment trends Enrollment has grown at Park University’s Gilbert campus and in the University of Arizona integrative health nursing program in town, but Chandler Gilbert Community College, like two-year colleges across the nation, took an enrollment hit during the pandemic. Chandler Gilbert Community College University of Arizona Nursing Park University Gilbert

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blended format, so partially remotely and partially face to face,” campus Vice President Sue Wilcox said. That was because Park built its ini- tial enrollment on athletics, and such blended classes allowed athletes to attend classes even when on the road with their teams, Wilcox said. Thus, when Park pivoted amid the pan- demic, it could do so to hybrid classes with half the students in person one day and the other half doing asyn- chronous learning. Wilcox said school ocials have focused on student engagement and the student experience during the pandemic. “We were really wrapping our arms around the students and oering them the services, whether it be men- tal health or tutoring or mentoring, so they felt engaged with the university and felt like they had a support struc- ture,” she said. Wilcox said faculty members have often taken it on themselves to con- tact students who missed class to make sure they were OK. The pandemic has not dampened enrollment. Wilcox said the campus grew from 313 students in fall 2019 to 393 in fall 2020, and the school expects perhaps 75 more this fall. However,

students had what they needed.” Parisek admitted it is not the same providing nursing instruction vir- tually as in person, but she said the faculty developed high-quality sim- ulations and that nursing instruction has included more such instruction in the past two decades. “We ran those [simulations] just the same [as in person] except that it was through virtual learning,” she said. “Wehave students practice those skills and record those skills. And that’s how we graded skill development and mastery of the competencies.” The school was able to start up in-person clinical rotations again this spring, Parisek said. The program has grown, too, in spite of the pandemic. It admitted 64 students last fall, another 64 in spring and will admit 51 this summer, Parisek said. It grad- uated 24 students for the rst time in December. CGCC serves community Chandler Gilbert Community Col- lege also moved mostly to online learning when the pandemic hit. “All of our facultywent through spe- cialized training about online teaching and learning to bring everybody up to that same playing eld and make sure

she said the pandemic probably has changed some things forever. “COVID caused all of us to rethink how we do our jobs,” she said. “‘How do we do what we do?’ And we’ll continue to maintain some of those things. That personal touch has been perfectly in line with who we are.” UA simulating nursing The University of Arizona’s nursing program for integrative health, also housed in Gilbert’s University Build- ing, was still edgling when COVID- 19 arrived in town in March 2020. It was in its second semester with two cohorts of 24 students each. The program immediately went vir- tual. It did not admit a new cohort for the summer as was planned, Program Director Betty Parisek said. Parisek said the program’s curricu- lum, developed by its faculty, is dier- ent than what is oered for a Bachelor of Science in nursing at UA’s Tucson campus. “Our faculty did a 180 after half of the second semester that we were operational,” Parisek said. “It was an amazing thing to see. It was a hum- bling thing to see, from my perspec- tive, the faculty come together and work together on making sure the

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we’re learning through it,” said Ben Zibers, Park University-Gilbert cam- pus associate vice president. “And we’ve been so grateful to our commu- nity and to our students by partnering with us, continuing to believe in us and to work with us through time to get to the light at the other side of the tunnel.” Park hard-wired for success Park ocials noted two ways in which the Gilbert campus, a satellite to Park’s main campus in Parkville, Missouri, was well positioned to sur- vive the changes brought on by the pandemic. First, Park has a 25-year history of oering online instruction, some- times combining classes from dif- ferent satellite campuses across the country. The other is the University Building, which Park and UA lease from Gilbert. From the beginning, in 2018, when Park moved in, university ocials said they have raved about how wired for technology and inter- net usage the building is. “We were lucky in that when we opened this campus, the courses had been redesigned to be delivered in a

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During the pandemic: Classes became blended between in-person and online asynchronous learning. Up next: The University Building will reopen to the public in the summer.

During the pandemic: Instruction moved to a virtual format, and the faculty developed online simulations to practice nursing skills. Up next: Clinical experiences are opening for in-person work.

During the pandemic: With few exceptions, classes moved online. In-person instruction has been increasingly allowed. Up next: Over half of CGCC’s classes in fall 2021 will be oered with an on-campus component.

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SOURCES: PARK UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, CHANDLER GILBERT COMMUNITY COLLEGECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

all of our students were equitably served in an online space,” said Jenna Kahl, CGCC’s associate vice president for institutional advancement. “We moved all of our services online so students could meet with academic advisers, talk about nancial aid, con- nect with career resources, student life. We even had events online.” Kahl said some programs in which in-person learning was needed, such as aviation maintenance technology and nursing, took an extended spring break inMarch 2020 until the program

could work out a way to have instruc- tion meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols. The college also found other ways to serve the community through the pandemic. For one, freed-up parking meant the school was able to host drive-thru testing and later a county vaccination point of distribution. CGCC also partnered with the town of Gilbert to oer workers training through the #GilbertTogether busi- ness recovery program. Gilbert paid for workers to take classes to advance

or gain new competencies, complete with a certication that could help them change or advance in their careers, Kahl said. Kahl said, like elsewhere in the nation, the college took a hit in enroll- ment as students were uncertain about taking classes or work demands aected what they could do with school. However, more in-person and hybrid classes have come back through the year, which should con- tinue in the fall, Kahl said. She also

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Ocials are still unclear how much revenue they will receive from recreational marijuana sales taxes, but there is a plan for how that revenue will be dispersed.

received 50.1% of the vote. Licensed dispensaries received approval Jan. 22 from the Arizona Department of Health Services to begin serving adult-use cannabis and related products, and business boomed imme- diately, said Steve White, CEO of Har- vest House of Cannabis, which has a dispensary in Chandler. His business increased an average of 100% at its Ari- zona locations since recreational sales started. “We expect the adult-use market to attract new consumers across all demographics who are seeking regu- lated cannabis products and are open to learning more about the benets,” he said. Demitri Downing, an industry regis- tered lobbyist, is even more bullish on the fast start. “From medical to adult use, it dou- bled or tripled the sales,” he said. “It’s been consistent for a while. Dispensa- ries are seeing two or three times their previous volume sold.” However, city ocials said until they see actual returns ow into their cof- fers, they are reluctant to speculate on howmuch it will help their revenues. Citymoves Although municipalities are not counting their new cash from recre- ational marijuana sales yet, Gilbert and Chandler ocials did what they could to prepare for the Smart and Safe Ari- zona Act. Gilbert started Oct. 13, three weeks ahead of the vote, when Town Coun- cil unanimously adopted an ordinance prohibiting new retail marijuana estab- lishments in town stores that sell rec- reational marijuana. Only medical marijuana facilities, of which Curaleaf was the only one, could oer it in town. Then, Chandler City Council voted Dec. 7 to tentatively adopt anordinance amending the city code to allow for the regulation of recreational marijuana. Like Gilbert’s ordinance, it allowed medical marijuana sellers in town to have dual licenses and prohibited test- ing facilities, use on city property and new recreational retail facilities. Vice Mayor Mark Stewart said he opposed the measure because he believes it cre- ated a monopoly. “My challenge was that whoever had a license already were the only ones who could sell recreational marijuana as well,” he said. “It prevents a free market and free-market opportuni- ties. Cannabis being sold to adults that are of age—that is something the state



    

The Smart and Safe Arizona Act denes where the revenue from the 16% excise tax on adult-use marijuana sales should go.

Proposition 207, also known as the Smart and Safe Arizona Act, was approved by voters during the November election. The law legalizes the possession and consumption of recreational marijuana in Arizona. AMONG THE PROVISIONS OF PROP. 207 ARE: allowing personal possession of limited amounts of marijuana; allowing limited, secure cultivation of marijuana plants on residential property; banning smoking marijuana in public (but not edibles or vaping); authorizing the state and local regulation of recreational marijuana licensees; eliminating criminal penalties for small- quantity marijuana possession; and allowing for the expungement of marijuana convictions.

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Community colleges 17.5% Divided among districts by enrollment 15% Divided equally among districts 0.5% Divided equally among provisional districts

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MARIJUANA TAX RATES IN ARIZONA

development, and a piece of that is havingmoremoney going toward com- munity college andworkforce develop- ment,” she said. “We are going to see the impacts of that in economic devel- opment across the state.” Gilbert Tax Compliance Manager Sara Radbury said municipalities will benet in twoareas as the lawhas 31.4% of the excise tax collected going to municipal police and re departments, and another 25.4%goes to theHighway Users Revenue Fund, of which cities receive a shared portion for road con- struction and maintenance. However, the cities do not know what their share will be yet and are reluctant to even project it, much less count on spending it. “I have no idea if it’s going to be a $50,000 distribution or a $500,000 distribution or $0.50,” Gilbert Budget Director Kelly Pfost said. Industry ocials do expect growth. White said growth at Harvest House of Cannabis is resulting in jobs in cultiva- tion, manufacturing and retail. “It’s been a wild ride,” said Anders Mintz, marketing director for Oasis Cannabis, which has two dispensa- ries in Chandler. “There has been a lot of growth, and it’s about to get even bigger.”

ADULTUSE RETAIL SALES Purchases are subject to a 16% cannabis excise tax in addition to a 5.6% statewide retail sales tax , bringing the total to 21.6% .

MEDICAL MARIJUANA SALES Purchases are subject to a 6.6% state excise tax plus an additional 2%-3% optional tax dictated by local municipalities.

SOURCE: ARIZONA REVISED STATUTE § 362856.DCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

decided for us.” Downing said local jurisdictions are only now starting to gure there will not be a large inux of recreational marijuana retailers. “People want freedom, choice, lib- erty, and government has to do things like end prohibition for that to hap- pen,” he said. “It doesn’t mean every- one wants to run out and consume marijuana.” Economiceects With those issues addressed, now comes the waiting for new revenue. While municipalities are awaiting that to ow down to them, the state has received some early numbers: More than $226,000 in sales tax collection and $511,000 in excise tax collection were received in February for the por- tion of January where sales happened. In March, $3.04 million in sales tax and $4.57 million in excise tax were collected. The Arizona Department of Revenue also has collected $2.38 million in sales

taxes on behalf of the state’s cities and another nearly $563,000 for revenue sharing with cities. Even those numbers come with a caution, as ADOR spokesperson Michelle Carella said revenue to this point likely is underreported. The g- ures, for example, are short of collec- tions for medical marijuana. Similar to other new tax classi- cations the state has implemented, businesses are learning their tax obli- gations, setting up their systems, and learning how to le and pay. She said ADOR anticipates more payments for the January and Febru- ary periods in the future as businesses learn the system. Thus, Carella said it is too early to draw conclusions on revenue. Carrie Kelly, from the Arizona Asso- ciation of Economic Development, agrees it is too early but still sees the eventual benets, such as money for community colleges. “We want a robust community college system for that workforce

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