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Sparks City Council Discusses Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

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Sparks City Council Members are discussing the municipal code, in preparation of a new type of business, that could be coming to town.

The Nevada Legislature passed a bill, during the last session, that will allow medical marijuana dispensaries in the Silver State.

Washoe County is allowed to have 10 medical marijuana dispensaries, as well as grow facilities.

So the City of Sparks is making sure to take care of some of the groundwork, before any possible shops open up. "Sparks has taken the attitude that if we're going to do it, we might as well do it right and probably be the leader in this area," Councilman Ron Smith said. "That's what we're hoping for."

Members of the city council and Mayor Geno Martini say they are all on the same page when it comes to marijuana shops. Saying it could have a significant impact for the city. "We don't want to miss a business opportunity when we can enhance our revenues of the city," Martini said. "Those revenues go towards parks and streets and other enhancement programs for the citizens of Sparks. So, we want to be ready to go."

Smith says they could even put in a provision that sets aside some of that revenue for extra police officers.

Officials say they don't know what the demand for the drug will be or how likely it is that people will abuse their prescriptions. "There's always going to be, I hope not, but some unintended consequences," Martini said. "Exactly what those are right now, I don't know but that's why we're going through the process."

There is a limited number of business licenses available for dispensaries and the state is still in the process of how to regulate the legal sale of marijuana.

They are also learning from other cities and states that have already gone through the process. "Whatever we do, we try to do it right," Smith said. "We're not reinventing the wheel. There are a couple of states out there that are doing it now and they might be doing right. They might be doing it wrong."

"We don't want them near schools and churches and those kinds of things, which I think is in the law, right now," Martini said. "So, we want to fashion our law after what the legislature intended to do."

The state is expected to have it's regulations regarding medical marijuana dispensaries by April 1.

Martini says the city could possibly see a business open up, six to nine months from now.

Written by Paul Nelson

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