I’ve been following two local political issues — the possibility of so-called “pot lounges,” and the proposed Vintage at Kings Canyon housing development on the west side of Carson, partly because Mayor Bob Crowell and city supervisors (with the exception of Lori Bagwell, on marijuana) voted against the will of the people on both issues.
Carson City voters rejected the statewide ballot measure that commercialized “recreational” marijuana but the Board of Supervisors approved the measure anyway, arguing the “rule of law” required us to allow two pot shops to do business in Carson. And now some politicians are campaigning to permit Amsterdam-type “pot lounges” for communities throughout our state. No thanks!
Respected former Supervisor Shelly Aldean fired a warning shot on this issue in an email urging the Supes to reject pot lounges. “I’m writing to encourage you to oppose any attempt to authorize the opening of pot lounges in our city,” she wrote. “It was only a matter of time before attempts would be made to circumvent the will of the people who voted to expressly forbid the public consumption of marijuana.” So far, so good.
Nevertheless, I’m concerned someone will publicly promote pot lounges in Carson City because of potential conflicts of interest (no names, please) on this controversial issue and because a Nevada delegation led by “Marijuana Maharajah” Tick Segerblom just returned from a visit to San Francisco pot lounges. Segerblom, an outgoing state senator who was elected to the Clark County Commission last month, told the Associated Press “he hoped to bring pot lounges to Clark County” as early as next month. “We can start small, but we don’t have to,” he added.
This is worrisome because Governor-elect Steve Sisolak received large campaign donations from the marijuana industry and could be a proponent of pot lounges