A dispensary in Nevada has filed a lawsuit against the state regarding the licensing process of medical marijuana dispensaries in Washoe County.

Washoe Dispensary LLC told the Reno Gazette-Journal that Tryke Companies Reno LLC should not have been awarded two licenses because it breaks the law.

Nevada medical marijuana law limits any one business to 10% of the licenses in any jurisdiction.

Additionally, the lawsuit challenges future plans for three of the five licenses in unincorporated areas – Lake Tahoe, Incline Village, and Crystal Bay. Claiming the state has failed to follow the law allowing local governments to have the ultimate say about where dispensaries would be located.

Washoe County is permitted to have a total of 10 dispensaries; 3 in Reno, 2 in Sparks, and 5 in unincorporated areas. The plaintiff in the lawsuit, Washoe Dispensary, applied for a license in the unincorporated Washoe Valley.

“Setting up three dispensaries in Incline Village/Crystal Bay is ridiculous,”

stated Shane Smith, co-owner of Washoe Dispensary.

Smith elaborated, “Having three dispensaries in such close proximity to each other, and to the California state line, seems to indicate the state was either oblivious or catering to the idea of building a medical tourism industry at Tahoe centered around medical marijuana.”

Neither the state of Nevada or Trkye Companies has responded to the lawsuit at this time.


photo credit: thestatehousefile

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