Public gives input on marijuana regulations

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- Recreational marijuana in Nevada may be legal, but the temporary regulations in place for unincorporated Washoe County are expiring July 1, 2018.

Recreational marijuana graphic by MGN using photo by Pixabay.

Washoe County leaders needing to make permanent regulations are looking for the community's input.

February 7, 2018, residents weighed in on how far the shops should be from schools, their hours of operation and home delivery programs.

County leaders were also toying with the idea of consumption lounges, but that's for a future discussion. One thing leaders want to make is added to the permanent regulations is a bump in taxes for dispensaries.

"We are going to implement a 3% gross revenue fee to do business in Washoe County. Going forward, we are going to have that revenue coming in. Right now we just did it like any other business," said Dave Solaro, Washoe County Assistant County Manager.

With four dispensaries operating in unincorporated Washoe County and two more in the permitting process, Commissioner Kitty Jung says the increased revenue will fill gaps in the budget.

"We actually need a lot more, considering what the citizens are demanding of services, but we will get anything we can get, in trying to fund those basic human services that a county does," said Commissioner Jung.

In case you weren't able to attend the meeting, the county has posted an online survey for you to voice your opinion. Click here to view the survey.