LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — The debate over a potential marijuana dispensary opening in a neighborhood on the west side of the valley will continue.
At the City of Las Vegas Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, action on the matter was delayed. During the meeting, the commission revealed the applicant behind the special use permit to open the dispensary requested abeyance of the agenda item until the Dec. 10 meeting.
The initial agenda item read as follows:
SUP-77274 – SPECIAL USE PERMIT – PUBLIC HEARING – APPLICANT: NEVADA CRT, LLC – OWNER: PALENSKY PROPERTIES I, LTD – For possible action on a request for a Special Use Permit FOR A PROPOSED 4,800 SQUARE-FOOT MARIJUANA DISPENSARY USE at 9140 West Sahara Avenue (APN 163-05-410-030), C-1 (Limited Commercial) Zone, Ward 2 (Seaman) [PRJ-77173]. Staff recommends APPROVAL.
The proposed dispensary is located at 9140 W. Sahara Avenue, at the intersection of Fort Apache Road and Sahara. The building was once home to the Pet Medical Center of Las Vegas.
The idea has many folks who live in the area split. Some people, like Michael Parker, say they hope the city will give the dispensary the green light to move forward with the business. He lives about a mile away from the proposed location.
“It would be a good thing because I wouldn’t have to go all the way down to Apothecarium or The Source or way down on Fort Apache,” he said. “It’s right here, and it would be pretty convenient.”
Parker says cannabis plays an important role in his day-to-day life.
“I’ve got 2.5 years clean off of opiates, and that’s helping me in a big way,” he said. “It’s very important for people. It’s way beyond getting high, it’s the medication for the people.”
Britt Rodriguez also lives about a mile away from the proposed location. She hopes the project doesn’t move forward in her neighborhood.
“Within an approximate six-mile area around that location, the proposed location, there are already six dispensaries,” she said. “I think six dispensaries is probably enough within a six-mile area, and there are other areas of the city that could be better served by having a dispensary in their area.”
Rodriguez says she would have the same concern if a bar or lounge was going to open up in the same location.
“The problem isn’t with the marijuana itself. I just think that, similar to having a certain number of bars within a particular area, I think the same applies here,” she said.
She has a family member who uses cannabis to help with the side effects of chemotherapy and says she thinks there is more of a need for a dispensary in other parts of town.
“We’ve got six right here in six miles. That’s enough,” she said. “Quite honestly, speaking about the chemotherapy issue with my family member, there is no dispensary in her area at all, for miles and miles and miles.”
Ahead of the Dec. 10 Planning Commission meeting, the applicant and councilwoman Victoria Seaman plan to host a town hall meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the West Sahara Library, where people who live nearby are urged to come and share their thoughts and concerns.