The issue is soon to get settled in court.
The Greenery just received their provisional license from the state yesterday in the mail. That means their application passed and they meet the regulations the law. But they still need approval from the city, which right now, has a moratorium in place.
The Greenery’s doors are currently open, despite the city asking them to close earlier this month. Right now the city has a temporary injunction against them, with a court date set for June 9th.
Andrea Adams, the organization’s Executive Director, says she hopes the provisional license will validate her cause.
She also says she plans to continue battling in court regardless of the outcome in June.
“If somehow we have to close our doors, that won’t be enough for us to stop fighting,” said Adams.
Meanwhile city leaders say their case is similar to that of Medford, which won their injunction against Mary Jane’s Basement earlier this year.
“There’s really nothing that is on the side of them operating right now,” said Phoenix Mayor Jeff Bellah.
City leaders say the court date has not been finalized by both sides, but if it gets pushed back they’ll seek an emergency injunction to try and close the facility immediately. That emergency injunction would be filed under the argument that The Greenery is doing harm to the city by remaining open.
Meanwhile The Greenery will continue to stay open until their court date. They also say they’ll continue with the state compliance and inspection process in order to get approved for final licensure.