- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The House has failed to approve a bill pushing medical marijuana growing facilities farther away from schools, churches and neighborhoods.

Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff says he designed the bill on behalf of constituents worried the growing facilities will lower their property values.

The proposal would prohibit current and future medical marijuana production, cultivation and infusion facilities from locating within 1,000 feet of a residential area, and 1,320 feet of a place of worship or school.

Medicinal marijuana attorney Ryan Hurley of Rose Law Group says the bill violates the voter-approved Medicinal Marijuana Act.

House Bill 2056 failed on a 35-25 vote along party lines Wednesday. Thorpe’s bill required at least 45 votes to pass because it changed a voter-adopted act.

The proposal could be revived in other legislation.

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