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Medical marijuana grow operation causes neighborhood concerns

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Santa Cruz County has lots of cheap land, available low cost labor and seems to be a perfect place for a large medical marijuana grow operation.

That seems generally agreed upon and is why a Fountain Hills dispensary chose Amado as the home of its 50,000 square foot grow site.

Santa Cruz County, a business friendly environment, felt so too.

But when the operation cleared the land and cut the trees, neighbors raised an eyebrow or two.

"It was my neighbors," said Jean Inglish-Neuhaus, whose property abuts the new grow operation. "We didn't know about it. "

She's not upset about the operation. She's met with the new owners several times.

But she is upset that she was never notified and is unsure what to expect.

Will it be fortress like with tall, thick wall? Razor wire? Tight security? Prison looking?

None of the above really, but that's not the point.

"This is all brand new," she said.

And it seems Santa Cruz County is sort of feeling its way forward too.

After listening the neighbor's concerns, the Planning and Zoning Commission voted 6-1 to change this, so to make sure there are no more surprises.

The vote means there will be a public hearing to make a few changes requested by the neighbors such as property line setbacks, lot sizes and minimum distance from residential parcels.

Still, the county wants to maintain its image.

"What I don't want to see is rules that inhibit future economic activity," said Randy Heiss, who voted in favor of the changes. "I am business friendly."

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