Carson City Board of Supervisors taking up fair, medical pot licenses

Keying off the Nevada Sesquicentennial Fair last summer, city staff will propose $120,000 for 2015 and 2016 fairs after making a report Thursday to Carson City’s Board of Supervisors.

The board also will consider an ordinance on business license fee charges for medical marijuana establishments in the city. The board previously set the zoning locations for such establishments and signaled they want business license fees in the ordinance coming before them to range from $5,000 to $25,000, depending on the type of business.

Thursday’s board meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Sierra Room at the Community Center, 851 E. William St. A report on the July 30-Aug. 3 fair at Fuji Park and Fairgrounds, which celebrated 150 years of Nevada statehood and was declared a success by many, will be provided by Deputy City Manager Marena Works during the board’s morning session.

At the same time, the agenda proposes that the city absorb the cost of $75,000 in initial seed money for this year’s fair, allow any money remaining in the fair account to be used next year, and seeks the allocation of $120,000 for fairs in 2015 and 2016. The breakdown from that amount would be $30,000 for next year’s fair and $90,000 for the one in 2016.

An afternoon session includes first reading, which is the main debate and preliminary voting stage, for the medical marijuana ordinance licensing issue. The post-lunch break board session begins at 2 p.m. in the Sierra Room.

In July, the board adopted zoning regulations for medical marijuana establishments, basically, with dispensaries allowed in some areas zoned commercial and other facilities in those zoned industrial.

The board signalled in a 4-1 vote Sept. 18 it wants license fees to be $5,000 for a lab, $15,000 for production of edibles, $20,000 for a grow facility and $25,000 for dispensaries. Carson City can have two dispensaries.

Also scheduled are a proclamation honoring Western Nevada College professors Marilee Swirczek and Don Carlson, along with WNC students for their efforts on “Always Lost: A Meditation on War” war exhibit.


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