Thursday, October 14, 2021

In a unanimous ruling last week, Winnemucca City Council members voted to prohibit cannabis consumption lounges within city limits following the passing of establishments being allowed at the state level.

Council members Jim Billingsley and Mike Owens were not present at the Oct. 5 meeting and did not vote on the matter. Council member Pam Coats appeared via teleconference, and Vince Mendiola and Theresa Mavity were present in person.

Winnemucca Mayor Rich Stone said the city received a letter from the state cannabis commission requesting information about how many cannabis lounges would be allowed within the city of Winnemucca.

The city currently has two dispensary licenses, which means they could allow one consumption lounge equal to 50% of the dispensary licenses allotted.

“It might be good for Las Vegas and Reno,” said Stone. “I don’t think our community needs something like that.”

All three council members in attendance agreed to direct staff to update the marijuana ordinance to disallow consumption lounges.

“I would like something written up to not allow consumption lounges,” said Mendiola said.

Just as in the matter regarding dispensaries, the city has

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