Sparks Council Approves Medical Marijuana Cultivation Facilities

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SPARKS, NV - The Sparks City Council is saying yes to medical marijuana cultivation facilities in the city's industrial area.

According to a news release Monday afternoon, the council approved an amendment to the city’s zoning ordinance (Title 20) that allows for the regulation of medical marijuana cultivation facilities, independent testing laboratories, and facilities for the production of edible marijuana-infused products. By enacting these regulations, the city can review and have input on the respective locations and operations should a facility open in the city. These uses are permitted only in the Industrial zoning district. The Sparks City Council will consider an amendment to the same zoning code later in May to allow for the regulation of Medical Marijuana dispensaries.

According to state law, medical marijuana establishments must be located within 1,000 feet of a public or private school providing formal education to pre-school/kindergarten to 12thgrade, or within 300 feet of a community facility such as a playground, park, church or synagogue, or a business that provides recreation opportunities or services to children or adolescents.

In 2013, the Nevada legislature passed and Governor Sandoval signed into law SB 374, which directs the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services to develop regulations for, and oversee the creation of, licensed establishments to produce, test and dispense cannabis and cannabis-infused products to authorized patients for medical use. On April 1, 2014, the final regulations became effective and the State will begin a process to accept applications for ‘registration certifications’ for medical marijuana establishments sometime the summer of 2014.