By a vote of 4-0, with one abstention, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners placed another six-month moratorium on the application for, construction of, and/or operation of all marijuana establishments in the county.
The City of Caliente, which voted recently to approve such establishments, is by law free to do so as long as it is within the city limits.
At the public meeting at the Courthouse in Pioche on Tuesday, commissioners heard presentations from several people who were in strong support of marijuana establishments.
Bert Cox of Caliente and Patricia McClean of Pioche also spoke to the five- man board and presented their case regarding the need, chance for additional tax revenue to the county, state regulations and monitoring, security, etc.
Commissioner Jared Brackenbury of Caliente, who said he is negotiating presently to provide some of his ranch land for marijuana operations, abstained from the final vote.
District Attorney Daniel Hooge corrected those attending the meeting, noting it was not the ordinance that was being decided on, rather it was the moratorium he had previously written which had not included recreational marijuana establishments, and new revised language in the moratorium now includes those provisions.
During the state general election in November, 2016, Ballot Question 2, colloquially known as the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, was approved by voters and is not subject to legislative amendment or repeal until after Nov. 22, 2019.
The new moratorium amends the existing county ordinance for another six months prohibiting county acceptance and consideration of any and all land use applications, zoning applications, business license applications, building permit applications, and any other applications or requests to operate or otherwise license or permit any of the marijuana establishments as contemplated by Ballot Question 2.
On Aug. 18, 2014, commissioners passed Ordinance 2014-02 which declared a moratorium on the application for, construction of, or operation of medical marijuana establishments in response to State Senate bill 374, known as the Medical Marijuana Act, but it did not include recreational marijuana.
Before the vote was taken, commission chair Paul Donohue reminded the audience that although Nevada voted (54% to 45%) to legalize recreational marijuana on Ballot Question 2, the people of Lincoln County voted against it 1,420 (67.1%) to 695 (32.8%). Twelve other counties also voted no.
The state attorney general had said earlier that even if the measure was approved by state voters, each county was free to decide for itself whether it would allow marijuana establishments.