Reno Rejects Recreational Marijuana Moratorium

Reno Rejects Recreational Marijuana Moratorium

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On April 26, 2017, the Reno City Council rejected a measure that would have imposed a six month moratorium on recreational marijuana dispensaries. The council decided to abandon the moratorium after speaking with local dispensary owners, as reported by the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Under the proposed moratorium, recreational dispensaries would not have been the only marijuana establishments affected. Any medical marijuana dispensary in the city hoping to get in on the early recreational sales program, which starts on July 1, would have been prevented from participating.

Speaking with the Reno Gazette-Journal, councilwoman Jenny Brekhus said that even though it seemed like a good idea the time, the moratorium had lost its appeal.

“It sounded good in December, but it doesn’t sound like a good idea at the end of April,” Brekhus said.

In lieu of embracing a ban on recreational sales, the council has requested that Scott Gilles, the city’s legislative operations program manager, study the issue and report back to the council on May 10, two days after the deadline for statewide regulations to be finalized.

Once regulations are finalized, the council will then take into consideration whether it needs to place a moratorium on any part of the state law it might not be fully prepared to deal with, such as a provision that would permit the on-site use of marijuana.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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