After months of discussion and an outpouring of letters and testimony, the Payson Town Council approved updating the town code so a recreational marijuana dispensary could open.
On Aug. 12, the council voted to allow Andrew Provencio and his partners to open a dispensary for recreational purposes. Provencio operated a medical dispensary in Payson for a decade before moving his medical license to the Valley after Proposition 207 passed in 2020. Now, he wants to operate a recreational dispensary.
The council reluctantly agreed to update the town code to allow for a recreation-only dispensary after 120 letters of support were submitted to the town.
Mayor Tom Morrissey said, “This is a conversation I thought I would never be involved with in my life.” He noted he spent a chunk of his career as a federal marshal charged with incarcerating marijuana users and sellers.
“Pandora’s box has been opened. If we allow the dispensary, the problems are still here, but we have the tax revenue to take care of those services,” said Councilor Jolynn Schinstock.
Nine people spoke in favor of a recreational dispensary and two opposed the idea. In addition, more than 120 people sent in letters asking the council to allow for the