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August 29, 2014

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County commissioner schedules town-hall meeting on marijuana dispensaries

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Local governments across Nevada are grappling with whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries within their jurisdictions, and while some cities have already said no, at least one Clark County commissioner would like to hear from the public before taking action.

Commissioner Lawrence Weekly will lead a town hall meeting on dispensaries and a proposed county ordinance, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the commission chambers at the County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway.

“As my fellow commissioners and I consider how to best deal with medical marijuana businesses coming into our community, I feel it is important to give the public an extra opportunity to share their opinions and concerns on this topic,” Weekly said in a release.

The County Commission is considering an ordinance that would establish rules and regulations for medical marijuana businesses in Clark County. Commissioners are expected vote on the ordinance after a public hearing at the March 19 Zoning Board meeting, but changes are still possible.

State law limits the number of marijuana dispensaries and their locations, including restrictions on proximity to schools and parks. The county proposal imposes additional location requirements and requires medical marijuana businesses to seek direct approval from commissioners.

The city of Las Vegas has a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries that expires later this month. Council members will likely vote whether to extend it at their March 19 meeting. Henderson has moratorium through July. Boulder City Council voted at the end of February to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within its city limits.

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