Tie vote delays rezoning for cannabis store – Elko Daily Free Press

{{featured_button_text}} ADELLA HARDING Elko Daily Correspondent

ELKO – With a tie vote, the Elko County Planning Commission has stalled a proposal to rezone a site in Jackpot as an adult cannabis district for construction of a retail marijuana store, but there are options for later action on the rezoning effort.

The next step for Spence Property Group’s rezoning request is a either a new vote at the Dec. 17 planning commission meeting or an appeal of the tie vote to Elko County Commissioners, according to Deputy District Attorney Rand Greenburg.

“At this point, I am not sure if we will have it go before the board again or if it will just go on appeal to the county commission to be determined,” he said Friday.

The tie vote came even after the meeting’s chairman, Mark Wetmore, told planning commissioners that the issue of whether they approve the sale of cannabis is not up to them, rather they need to focus on the rezoning question. The county has already approved an ordinance allowing cannabis sales in Jackpot.

He said the planning commissioners “are stuck in the middle of this.”

“I don’t see how you can deny it,” said Commissioner Mike Judd at the Thursday meeting. “It’s a hard pill to swallow.”

Commissioner David Hough called one of the planning staff’s reasons for recommending approval of the zoning change “the weakest argument I’ve seen in my life.” He was referring to the statement in the staff’s report that “the opening of this retail cannabis store is expected to greatly improve the economic impacts caused by COVID-19 to the community of Jackpot.”

Hough said COVID “is not

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