Published 3:01 pm EST, Friday, February 21, 2020
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Applications for cannabis projects in Nevada’s capital city were halted under a temporary moratorium by officials while a policy on hemp growing inside city limits is drafted.
The Board of Supervisors placed a moratorium on growing the crop in Carson City on Thursday, the Nevada Appeal reported. The city also used temporary moratoriums on both medicinal and recreational marijuana production and retailing when those were legalized as it worked out policies.
The decision came after a lawsuit was filed against the city by Tahoe Hemp LLC last month after it was denied permission to grow hemp on the former Buzzy’s Ranch, which is now open space land.
Some of the open space was purchased by the city in 2010 partly with money obtained under a state land grant that prohibits any use of land other than ranching or preserving open space, cultural or wildlife resources, board supervisors said.
Tahoe Hemp argues the previous owner of the property maintained agricultural rights on the land and signed a leasing agreement with the company last year after it applied with the state agriculture department to grow hemp on the property, according to the lawsuit.
Tahoe Hemp argues that under the existing agricultural rights, it should be allowed to grow hemp, which is derived from the cannabis plant.
Supervisors are expected to further discuss the topic at a planning workshop Feb. 27.