An abundance of ‘thank yous’ to community members, those involved in the project, friends and family was certainly the theme of the Mynt Cannabis Dispensary groundbreaking event on October 13.
Prior to several of Mynt’s investors purchasing the location in June, the downtown corner lot at 132 East Second Street had been vacant for over 10 years.
The project has been in development for about two years and became fast tracked in March. Mynt’s Clint Cates cited their license as the fourth and final dispensary license allocated to the City of Reno via Senate Bill 276.
“We are 100-percent owned by northern Nevada residents,” Cates said at the opening.
Mynt’s corner location will feature a fully secure, fully established medical marijuana dispensary.
The site will include 26 trees, 156 shrubs, exterior lighting, a fence in the rear loading area, an intrusion alarm, door access controls, 17 exterior cameras and 15 interior as well.
They also intend to work with the arts district and add murals to their property and surrounding areas.
With all the necessary licensing in place and Frank Lepori Construction already at work on the site in advance of the groundbreaking event, Mynt owners are hopeful to open in January 2017.
Mynt also commended the City of Reno for being “strict, fair and a pleasure to work with throughout this highly regulated process.”
In accordance with municipal code, they plan to replace sidewalks on both Lake and Second Street with stamped concrete, install nine double-ended lampposts, seven sidewalk trees and an electric trash compactor.
Patient access, among other variables, peaked Mynt’s interest in the downtown corridor.
In a prior interview with NNBW, Mynt’s Scott Dunseath highlighted some of the reasons Mynt was interested in that specific location.
“When you look at that location for patient access, ease of access, it is about two blocks from the bus station, close proximity to major hospitals and easy access from I-80,” Dunseath said.
“For us it is an opportunity to invest in Reno, specifically downtown and the Riverwalk,” he said. “Our intention was always sort of to be in that pocket.”
With an interest to serve the downtown population, the target population for Mynt, the location makes sense. The 3,000-square-foot building has 16 parking spots making access for patients easy.
Nevada’s reciprocity laws that allows a medical marijuana cardholder from another state to acquire medicine from a dispensary in Nevada, also benefits the downtown location.
“One really cool thing about Nevada is that we have reciprocity,” Dunseath explained. Patients who come to downtown Reno or are staying downtown and need medicine are within walking distance.
Recreational use is still a secondary thought for Mynt.
Looking forward, Mynt has plans for another location in Lemmon Valley.
For more information, visit www.myntcannabis.com.