ELKO, Nev. — Two competing sites for marijuana dispensaries in Jackpot, Nevada, advanced this month as Elko County Commissioners approved one rezoning request and county planning commissioners agreed to hear a second request next month.
County commissioners approved a zoning change for Thrive Cannabis Marketplace’s potential location on Jan. 6. The planning commission voted Thursday to hold a public hearing on a request from Scott Matthews to rezone the existing Stateline Liquor Store in Jackpot.
Both locations are along U.S. Highway 93, not far from the Idaho-Nevada border about 45 miles south of Twin Falls.
A zoning change is being sought on Stateline Liquor property in Jackpot for a marijuana dispensary. Another site farther from the Idaho border was approved for rezoning earlier this month.
Jackpot has suffered economically because of COVID-19 and is looking at marijuana sales to give the town a boost. County commissioners approved an ordinance in November allowing sales, despite opposition from Twin Falls County officials.
Elko County’s senior planner, Corey Rice, told the planning commission this week that Matthews was “very confident he would obtain a license to sell cannabis.”
Matthews owns a retail marijuana store in Oregon. His company is called 420ville.
Matthews said in November he was working toward opening a marijuana dispensary at the liquor store, which he said was purchased with that in mind. The liquor store would become the cannabis outlet, and a new liquor store would be constructed.
This map shows a site across from the Four Jacks Casino in Jackpot that could be rezoned for a marijuana dispensary.
Thrive’s property is a few blocks farther from the Idaho border. Spence Property Group