Arizona Association of Dispensary Professionals Threatens to Sue Phoenix Over Its Pre-registration Zoning Procedure

Alan Sobol and the Arizona Association of Dispensary Professionals are claiming that the City of Phoenix zoning department has been up to no good.  Here is the text of a January 31, 2011, email message I received from Alan Sobol and the Consiglieri Group:

We have uncovered a scheme to defraud Dispensary Applicants in the City of Phoenix. Phoenix recently implemented a Pre-registration scheme fraught with Cronyism, Nepotism, Favoritism and Abuse of Authority.  To read the complaint click here: (seed2success.com/phxcomplaint.html).  We have exposed the truth, now we need to wait and see what the mayor will do. If you were planning to file for zoning approval in the City of Phoenix I urge you to contact the city and let them know what you think about this.  mayor.gordon@phoenix.gov  If you have any questions or comments please contact me at Marijuanamarketing@gmail.com

Thanks,

Al Sobol

Read the Press Release found at the above link.  AZADP alleges that Phoenix instituted its medical marijuana zoning pre-registration without legal authority because pre-registration is not provided for in the zoning ordinance G-5573 adopted by the Phoenix CIty Council.  Quotes from the Press Release:

Notice of Intent to Commence Legal Action:  City of Phoenix Initiates Illegal Pre-registration of Potential Marijuana Sites:  Allegations of Fraud, Cronyism, Nepotism, Favoritism and Abuse of Authority

It appears from the evidence that the City’s “pre-registration” program was solely intended to provide certain influential entities preferential treatment with respect to the selection of their medical Marijuana Business locations.

By |2014-01-05T09:52:55-07:00January 31st, 2011|Stories & Articles, Zoning|Comments Off on Arizona Association of Dispensary Professionals Threatens to Sue Phoenix Over Its Pre-registration Zoning Procedure

Alan Sobol Questions Propriety of Phoenix Planning & Zoning

On January 23, 2011, I received an email from Alan Sobol and the Consiglieri Group that raises some interesting questions about alleged conduct by the City of Phoenix with respect to “pre-registration of dispensary” locations.  The following is the text of Alan’s message:

“Nepotism at Phoenix City Hall?

January 17 2011, without any notice, twelve people lined up at Phoenix City Hall to reserve their Dispensary Locations. Without any public notice the City of Phoenix rolled out their “Pre-Registration Program”,. According to the City officials, the program was intended to allow individuals to reserve a site for medical marijuana dispensary, cultivation or infusion facilities within the City of Phoenix. The problem, zoning officials had no authority to offer such pre-registration services. The Phoenix City Council adopted Ordinance G5573( the Marijuana zoning ordinance) on December 15, 2010. Nowhere contained therein was there a provision for such pre-registration services. The city violated its own public information rules.

Perhaps the more important question is who are these twelve people that showed up to register their marijuana facility locations, and how did they find out about this program? Hmmm!

But don’t worry, we are conducting an extensive investigation into this matter and will take appropriate action should we find evidence of wrongdoing.

We urge those of you who are considering locating your facility in Phoenix to immediately visit the Phoenix website and download this pre-registration form. (Phoenix.gov/planning). We would also suggest that you keep apprised of any such pre-registration services that might pop-up in other cities or towns. We will shortly be posting a link on our website to all Arizona City and Town websites. As always if you have any questions feel free to contact us.”

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Alan Sobol & Andrew Meyer Speak at the Same NORML Event

I got an email message from The Consiglieri Group on January 16, 2011, that contained the following from Alan Sobol about his close encounter of the third kind with Andrew Meyer at a NORML meeting in Tucson where both men had been invited to speak.  I’m sure Alan was hoping to start the debate with Andrew that Alan asked for recently, but alas, it didn’t happen.  Here’s what Alan wrote:

As you may recall I challenged MPP Manager , Andrew Meyer to a debate last week.  So far no response.

However, I did have the opportunity to bump into Mr. Meyers last Saturday at the Tucson Norml meeting.  Meyer’s did not know that I was asked to speak.  According to the Norml president Jon,   in order to give balance to the meeting both Meyers and me were invited to speak.  Mr. Meyer was obviously shaken to  learn of the dual speaking event. During Meyer’s presentation he admitted that he was working with the Health Department  through “third party agencies” to develop the rules. He repeately  referred to the  rule making progress as, “WE ARE” working on the rules”.  But the most shocking revelation was Meyer’s admission that he now believed that my original idea of a “two step” application process was the appropriate way to administer the approval process.

Immediately after his presentation Meyer rudely and hurrily  exited the building apparently  so as not to be confronted with any attendee questions regarding my presentation.
Meyer and I had no direct communication except  for the finger I received from his lady friend Ms. Tea  as they ran from the building.

I believe that on January 31, 2011 when the AZDHS releases their revised  proposed rules  we will see a more reasonable application process. I further believe that as a direct result of the thousands of comments received from all of you, the AZDHS will be forced to moderate their rules.  want to encourage all of you to continue with your business plans, whatever they may be. Don’t loose the opportunity to become involved in this new industry, simply because you do not have enough time to get it finished.  Keep moving forward prudently.

Thanks for all your support, and keep fighting,

Allan Sobol
Marijuana Marketing strategies, LLC

By |2011-01-19T20:52:39-07:00January 19th, 2011|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Alan Sobol & Andrew Meyer Speak at the Same NORML Event

Alan Sobol Challenges Andrew Meyer to a Verbal Duel

I got an email message from The Consiglieri Group on January 10, 2011, in which Alan Sobol is asking Andrew Meyers of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Association to debate him.  Here’s the text of the challenge:

“The Challenge: Allan Sobol Vs. MPP Local Manager Andrew Meyer.   OPEN CHALLENGE TO ANDREW MEYER.  2 hour Debate/discussion on the contested issues concerning the implementation of the new Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.   Paid conference hall meeting with all proceeds going to AZDHS to offset the cost of applications for low income qualifying patients.  Lets See if Mr, Meyers will respond.”

I’d like to attend, but I’m guessing Mr. Meyer will not accept the challenge.

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