Supervisors give 1st OK for more pot dispensaries – Nevada Appeal

A packed room at the Board of Supervisors meeting Aug. 18, 2022 debates additional marijuana dispensaries in Carson City.
Photo by Scott Neuffer.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

After hours of public comment — the overwhelming majority opposed to additional marijuana dispensaries in Carson City — the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Thursday to approve the first reading of an ordinance changing the number of marijuana dispensaries allowed in the city from two to four.
“There isn’t an easy answer here,” said Mayor Lori Bagwell, the deciding vote that carried the motion forward.
Supervisors Stacey Giomi and Lisa Schuette voted nay, while supervisors Stan Jones and Maurice White cast votes in favor.
Las Vegas-based Qualcan, the applicant, brought the same request to the Planning Commission last month but was denied after public testimony against the project swayed commissioners. Public sentiment has not shifted, but Jones and White questioned their right to influence market and business forces.
“I don’t think it’s the purpose of this board to restrict or manipulate the market,” said White, who also cited the Carson City Sheriff’s Office having reported no problems with existing dispensaries.

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