The sun sets on Middle Stack Mountain and Jackpot in July. In an effort to boost the town’s economy, many residents are pushing harder than ever to bring a marijuana dispensary to Jackpot.
COLIN TIERNAN, TIMES-NEWS ADELLA HARDING Elko Daily Correspondent
ELKO, Nev. — 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, which is on the Nevada-Idaho border about 45 minutes south of Twin Falls.
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