Nevada City is the first municipality in Nevada County to allow adult-use cannabis businesses to operate within its city limits, approving an amendment to its cannabis ordinance at a city council meeting Wednesday.
That means Elevation 2477′, which opened as a medical cannabis dispensary in August on Searls Avenue, could potentially be selling to customers without a medical recommendation by the beginning of the new year.
“I believe this is a win-win situation for everyone,” said dispensary co-owner Daniel Batchelor. “The city will receive more tax revenue, more patients will have access, as well as adults over the age of 21 who use cannabis as a lifestyle choice — and we will no longer have to turn away two-thirds of the business that walks into the store.”
It took months of controversy last year for Nevada City to approve the establishment, permitting and regulation of medical-only cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, distributing and testing laboratory businesses. And it took more controversy before the city awarded its only dispensary permit to Elevation 2477′ in February.
Within a few months, however, the dispensary’s owners began sounding out the council about amending the ordinance, with Batchelor estimating Nevada City was losing $100,000 in tax revenue.
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That potential amendment was tabled in October due to law enforcement concerns regarding monitoring.
The amended ordinance moved forward at a November city council meeting, despite council member Duane Strawser’s objection that there was a promise to wait a year before revisiting the issue. The council also agreed to look at funding a code-compliance officer who would be trained on cannabis issues.
At the second reading Wednesday, no one in attendance spoke in opposition to the amended ordinance.
Amelia Paterson, a Nevada County resident who founded Blessed Extracts, told the council she