ELKO – A proposed medical marijuana business could be approved by the Elko Band Council Sunday, on the heels of recent actions by county commissioners and the city council to prohibit cannabis sales within Elko city limits and unincorporated parts of the county.
On Friday, a special open meeting was called by the Elko Band Council for 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Elko Colony Health & Wellness Center – formerly known as the Indian Colony Gymnasium.
The meeting is open to the public.
A presentation will be made by Cannabis Consulting Group LLC owners Josh and Terra White, who are seeking permission to open a medical marijuana dispensary at the Elko Indian Colony.
The business would be “on the sovereign nation in the middle of the city, but not in the city limits, only on the reservation,” said Terra White.
The Whites have worked for two years on the project that includes constructing an 8,000 square foot building on tribal land. If the council approves the business on Sunday, White said they could break ground in November in hopes of opening Jan. 1.
They are also seeking to include recreational sales as soon as possible, White added.
David Decker, chairman of the Elko Band Council for the Te-Moak Tribe of the Western Shoshone, said community turnout would “have a big impact on what the council’s decision is going to be.”
Decker urged current medical marijuana patients to “voice their concerns if they are a patient and are being denied service.”
Tribes in Nevada were granted permission to establish medical and recreational marijuana facilities by state lawmakers in Senate Bill 375, which was signed into law June 2 by Gov. Brian