Washoe County takes lead in medical marijuana implementation

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Updated: 3/12/2014 10:28 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Washoe County is moving forward with laying the groundwork to eventually allow the sale of medical marijuana. While some cities like Reno have hit the pause button, Washoe County is taking the lead.

Washoe County Commissioner Kitty Jung is not mincing words on the county's position when it comes to implementing medical marijuana. "We're not in a race, but I don't want to wait for anybody else. Nobody needs to demonstrate to us on how to do good governance."

This week, the Washoe County Commission instructed staff to review the fee rates, including the business license fees for the sale of medical marijuana.

"The Board of County Commissioners has always, since we received the enabling legislation, has immediately asked staff to start pursuing what this licence would look like and all the different departments that it would touch," said Jung.

Part of the interest is the potential revenue the sale, cultivation, testing and production could generate. "We desperately need another revenue generator and a revenue source," said Jung.

But Jung said generating revenue is not the only reason for the forward momentum. "I believe we should do everything that we can to enable this legislation and its compassionate care for people who need this medicine."

Meanwhile, in Sparks, similar groundwork is also being laid with reviews of zoning, ordinances, fees and business licences. While there is an acknowledgement of the potential for new revenue, the message remains conservative. "It's really too early to tell exactly what that would entail or if it would entail any really substantial revenue at all."

The State Board of Health has a meeting set for this Friday. It is expected to formally adopt the state rules and regulations for Nevada's Medical Marijuana Act.
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