WEST WENDOVER, Nev. — The city council has voted to approve recreational marijuana sales, a move that the mayor believes will be an economic boon to this casino border town.
“I’m sure their sales are going to be high,” Mayor Daniel Corona told FOX 13 after the vote, adding: “Pun not intended.”
The council voted 3-2 in favor of recreational marijuana sales at its meeting Tuesday night. The vote came shortly after a new council member was sworn into office. Kathy Durham defeated John Hanson, who was part of a critical vote earlier this year that blocked recreational sales.
In remarks explaining her vote, Durham called for the city to “regulate it from seed to sale.”
“I’m sorry this issue divides us, and I hope after tonight we can move forward,” she said.
FOX 13 first reported on West Wendover city leaders’ efforts to bring recreational marijuana to the border town last year. City officials toured a Mesquite grow facility and dispensary to see how it worked. The council originally approved an ordinance allowing medical marijuana with the option to expand it to recreational.
But when that vote came up earlier this year, the council voted 3-2 against it. Mayor Corona vetoed that decision, leaving recreational sales in limbo.
On Tuesday, council members said their votes were reflecting the will of West Wendover residents, who did vote in 2016 in support of recreational cannabis sales statewide.
“It was clearly chosen by the voters the first time it went through,” said Councilman Izzy Gutierrez. “This election was another strong message from the voters that they wanted it.”
But councilmen Nick Flores and Jerry Anderson both said they were uncomfortable with recreational marijuana sales.
“I’m all for medical marijuana.