A resolution to Nevada City’s pot shop wars will have to wait just a little bit longer.
At a contentious mid-December meeting of the City Council, a previous decision to award just one license to a medical cannabis dispensary caused enough controversy that a decision was made to amend the law to allow three dispensaries.
That amendment was on the agenda for Wednesday’s council meeting, and plenty of proponents and opponents were on hand to speak.
But city staff instead asked for more time to draft the amendment.
“The city is very cautious on the steps we need to take. … We keep making slow progress.”
— Council Member Evans Phelps
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In late 2017, a selection committee had evaluated the three dispensary applications, conducted interviews with the candidates and submitted a ranking based on factors including location, community benefits, safety and security. Elevation 2477′ was ranked highest by the selection committee, Nevada County Wellness was ranked second and Growing Community was ranked third.
The majority of city council members voted for Elevation 2477′ during a November board meeting. At the Dec. 13 council meeting, council members Reinette Senum and Duane Strawser — who had voted for Growing Community — made a push to revisit the decision. In an effort to compromise, the council agreed to amend Nevada City’s marijuana laws, which say only one dispensary is allowed to operate for a year.
That proposed language change was brought to the council Wednesday, but newly promoted City Manager Catrina Olson told the council members some things had come to light that staff wanted to investigate.
The concern revolves around language in the state regulations referencing “excessive concentration” — too many licensees in a town with a relatively small population. City Attorney Hal DeGraw told