Recreational marijuana will probably not be available to buy in licensed retail stores in Carson City until early next year.
The Board of Supervisors on Thursday, Aug. 3, heard an ordinance establishing business licenses for recreational marijuana businesses and decided to delay issuing licenses for the point-of-sale outlets until Jan. 1.
All other types of marijuana businesses — cultivators, manufacturers and distributors — can be licensed once the ordinance goes into effect. The ordinance will be read a second time at the board’s next meeting on Aug. 17, and would go into effect immediately if the board votes to approve the regulations.
The supervisors decided on the delay after several hours of public comment, most in opposition to any retail sales, but especially sales before the Nevada Department of Taxation’s permanent regulations go into effect Jan. 1.
“By making it legal it encourages people to try it. Sometimes you have to take a moral stand,” said Shelly Aldean, a member of the board of directors for the Capital City C.I.R.C.L.E.S. Initiative and a former Carson City supervisor. “Let’s study it and see what happens over the next six months and if you’re compelled after six months, you’re elected and have the ability, but don’t rush this.”
Initially, Mayor Bob Crowell said it was a matter of law.
“Our oath of office says we comply with rules and regulations of Nevada,” Crowell said. “I think at the end of the day this is a statewide initiative.”
And Supervisor Brad Bonkowski said as long as Carson City is without its own marijuana stores, most residents can legally grow pot at home, without oversight. State law allows people to grow…
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