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Pahrump leaders discuss marijuana zoning, licensing

Reported by: Denise Rosch
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Updated: 3/19 12:55 am
PAHRUMP, Nev. (KSNV & MyNews3) -- The town of Pahrump on Tuesday tackled zoning and licensing regarding marijuana dispensaries. 

Attorney Michael McAuliffe says it's time the town of Pahrump takes a stand when it comes to medical marijuana.

”It's kind of like were on medical marijuana on training wheels right now,” McAuliffe said.

Appearing before the Nye County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, they discussed zoning and licensing of medical marijuana dispensaries and grow facilities.

This is a topic that has the town talking.

“I think it's too easily accessible to people,” said Pahrump resident Laura Oslund. “I don't think you have enough knowledge.”

“In effect it's a very safe substance and it needs to move forward and not have it regulated like it's something so dangerous that just walking by a cultivation facility is going to turn kids into pot-eyed zombies or something like that,” McAuliffe said.

McAuliffe is with "WE CAN," which stands for Wellness Education Cannibus Advocates of Nevada.

"WE CAN" is arguing that if Pahrump leaders don’t decide zoning issues for themselves, the state will. Nye County District Attorney Brian Kunzi agrees.

“If the county doesn't put zoning controls on it, we're going to be at the mercy of the state. And that anybody then could come in and put in a medical establishment either a grow facility or a dispensary and the county would have no control over where it goes,” Kunzi said.

State regulations regarding dispensary locations require that the facilities be at least 1,000-feet from schools and 300 feet from parkas and day care centers. What Nye County commissioners have to decide is whether those regulations are strict enough.

In the end, the vote adopted zoning for grow facilities, but not for dispensaries. The bottom line is that marijuana can be grown in Pahrump, but not sold there.

A dispensary will, however, will be allowed in another part of Nye County.
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