Carson City says no additional pot shops, although state could license two more –

Carson City says no additional pot shops, although state could license two more

CARSON CITY, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — 

Recreational marijuana has been legal in Nevada for over a year now, and as more pot shops open in Reno and Sparks, the capital city has put on the brakes.

This week, Carson City officials sent a letter to the Nevada Department of Taxation reiterating that the municipality will not approve any more recreational marijuana dispensary licenses.

Currently, two dispensaries operate in the capital city: Sierra Wellness Connection on US 50 Alternate and RISE Carson City on North Carson Street. Both serve recreational and medical customers.

The Nevada Department of Taxation would allow Carson City to approve a total of four marijuana retail store business licenses.

But Carson City officials crafted their pot ordinance in such a way to prevent any more from opening for the foreseeable future.

Carson City’s ordinance requires that recreational dispensaries have to be jointly located with an existing medical marijuana dispensary.

Since the state only allows two medical dispensaries in Carson City, the effect is that “no additional marijuana retail stories may be licensed in Carson City.”

Carson City supervisors said during Thursday’s regular meeting that several people have called the municipality indicating that they’re interested in pursuing a recreational marijuana store license, but officials are turning them down.

Officials said the following letter will soon be posted on Carson City’s website, making it clear to people who may be interested that no more pot shops will be coming to the capital city anytime soon.

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