After abruptly closing in March, Untamed Herbs is scheduled to reopen, but no longer as a medical marijuana dispensary. Instead, the owners won a license to operate an adult use or recreational marijuana dispensary.
Andrew Provencio started Untamed Herbs, then known as Uncle Herbs in 2013.
He has since seen the dispensary go through a name change as well as brought on new partners.
Recently, he transferred the dispensary’s license to a JARS location in the Valley, which meant the Payson location, at 200 N. Tonto St., had to close.
Provencio, 62, said he had been planning to sell the license for the past year or two as he anticipates retirement.
“Being the majority owner and wanting to get out of business to retire, I wanted to sell,” he said. “I knew if I sold it, whoever bought it would move it to the Valley because the value of the dispensary would be far greater in the Valley.”
Provencio said some Valley dispensaries bring in $2 million to $3.5 million in sales a month — six times what they see in Payson.
Provencio knew once he sold the license and it was moved to the Valley that meant Payson would be without a dispensary.
He, along with