City Council Approves Medical Marijuana Establishment Ordinance
At the Regular City Council Meeting of July 18th, the City Council voted 4-1 to approve the proposed City Ordinance 2017-01 concerning Medical Marijuana establishments and licensing.
With the Council’s approval now in place, Ordinance 2017-01 will receive a final publishing and will go into effect sometime in mid-August.
Once the ordinance is in effect, the City will finalize its process with regard to accepting applications/ proposals from interested marijuana establishment applicants. Those applicants will have to meet certain requirements of the ordinance and the updated state law concerning medical marijuana establishments which include among other items:
- Having previously operated as a medical marijuana establishment with the State of Nevada and having done so for a period of at least one year.
- Must obtain approval from the State of Nevada to operate such a facility within the City of West Wendover.
- Obtaining a conditional use permit from the City.
- Providing evidence of vested interest in the City of West Wendover with regard to property ownership and/or leases.
- Establishment location which will be limited to specific Industrial “M” Zone criteria set out in the ordinance.
“I anticipate being complete with our application and proposal requirements over the next several weeks, with that process then being provided to City Council likely in late August for review. Once approved to proceed we will prepare for the issuance of intent to accept applications. Given the work which is still in progress with regard to the documents and the potential Request for Proposals (RFP’s), I would expect a date sometime in September when the City will be ready to receive the potential applications for consideration. It will yet take some time, given that part of the process is just now getting underway given the Council’s approval action last evening”, said Chris Melville City Manager.
The approved ordinance covers Medical Marijuana Establishments. It does not yet deal with Recreational Marijuana other than creating a placeholder in the Code for Recreational Marijuana requirements and licensing if and when the City Council makes a decision to do so.