The Carson City Board of Supervisors decided Thursday, Aug. 5, to consider regulating curbside cannabis pickup rather than banning the practice.
The agenda for Thursday’s meeting called for consideration of an ordinance that would ban curbside pickup.
Mayor Lori Bagwell said her preference would be a blanket ban, and Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Yu confirmed the District Attorney’s Office would also support a blanket ban.
Both said they are concerned about customer and employee safety, considering cannabis dispensaries are an all-cash industry.
But the rest of the board disagreed that curbside pickup presents safety issues, considering the transactions are highly controlled with security cameras and a policy that never allows for cash payments and product to be in a vehicle simultaneously.
Representatives from local cannabis companies Sierra Well and RISE stood during public comment to explain that curbside pickup has allowed them to serve customers during the pandemic and cater to customers with mobility challenges.
They proposed restrictions that would still allow them to operate curbside safely.
The board agreed with that assessment and made plans to bring back a motion to restrict, but not outright ban, curbside pickup of cannabis.
The discussion came three weeks after the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on July 15 on a new law that prohibits business licensure of cannabis consumption lounges and prohibits the consumption of cannabis and cannabis products in public places within the city.
That move was in direct response to Assembly Bill 341, which Gov. Steve Sisolak signed into law in June, giving counties the option to welcome cannabis lounges.
At the July 15 meeting, Bagwell said she did not want to be among the first cities in Nevada to host cannabis lounges.