Little-Noticed FAA Memo On Marijuana Emerges Amid Local Airport Controversy In Arizona

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After receiving multiple inquiries about leasing airport land to businesses that grow marijuana, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said doing so “presents serious problems under federal law.” That revelation came in a little-noticed 2019 memo that is now emerging at the center of a local controversy as an Arizona town seeks to take advantage of the state’s voter-approved legalization law. The FAA memo is creating complications in Springerville, Arizona, where the Town Council rezoned former municipal airport land and approved a lease agreement late last year with a cannabis company that plans to cultivate marijuana on the property, as first reported by The White Mountain Independent. The October 2019 communication to regional airport directors noted that the federal agency “has received several requests from airport sponsors regarding whether marijuana may be cultivated at federally obligated airports” and that it has requested guidance from counsel “in order to have a consistent and nationwide position on the issue.” “The primary purpose of a cultivation operation is for commercial production and distribution of marijuana. A commercial marijuana distribution operation violates the Controlled Substances Act and constitutes a felony under Federal law,” the memo says. “Consequently, a lease to cultivate marijuana for public distribution would be unlawful, contrary to the public interest and would subject the sponsor potential criminal liability as a participant or facilitator of illegal activity.” But Springerville apparently didn’t get the memo, as local officials gave the green light to White Mountains Flower, LLC for a lease agreement for a rezoned portion of airport land last November. The company plans to grow and infuse marijuana products, and the city was hopeful that the operation would create hundreds of local jobs. Mayor Phil Hanson, Jr. also reportedly took a job with the company shortly after signing the agreement. Councilman Ruben Llamas similarly…

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