Ending a 13-hour meeting packed with controversy, the Las Vegas City Council unanimously approved a zoning ordinance laying out where medical marijuana establishments will be allowed.
Councilman Bob Coffin made a successful run Wednesday at setting the city’s stricter proposed standards to align with the state’s standards.
The council will allow dispensaries in commercial and industrial districts. The council removed the requirement that dispensaries be in fully detached, stand-along structures, which some speakers called too restrictive.
The council also voted to allow dispensaries on Las Vegas Boulevard and on Fremont Street, east of Eighth Street. Clark County rejected the idea of dispensaries on Las Vegas Boulevard and Coffin said if the city allowed it, it would provide a competitive advantage.
A business license ordinance establishing standards for medical marijuana establishments is expected later.
Mayor Carolyn Goodman threw out a new idea that perhaps the grow facilities should be located in North Las Vegas, which has more space.
It was not an agenda item. She just said she was sharing a thought.
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