LAS VEGAS (FOX5) –
The owner of a mom-and-pop flower shop near University Medical Center wants to clear up confusion over a possible medical marijuana dispensary opening on his property.
“We’re in the flower business,” said John DiBella. “We’re going to stay that way. Nothing is going to be here. It’s all going to be in a separate building next door.”
Celebrating 30 years of business, DiBella Flowers and Gifts, near Charleston and Rancho, is stocked with flowers, gift baskets and stuffed animals, and owner DiBella said that’s all they’ll sell.
After confusion and outrage from the community grew as word spread of a medical marijuana dispensary setting up shop on DiBella’s property next door, he wanted to set the record straight: The dispensary will be in a separate building separated by a parking lot from the flower shop.
“Some people are very supportive, and some people don’t particularly care for it,” DiBella said. “But it’s change. Sometimes we’re all not too good with change.”
In a heated meeting last Tuesday, neighbors of the business argued why they don’t want this kind of facility opening in a residential area.
“What we’re against is people coming with a medical marijuana card, getting their marijuana and then just walking steps into our neighborhood to indulge,” said Rocky Wells, a resident near the potential location of the dispensary.
Neighbors said dispensaries should be built in industrial areas or on the outskirts of town.
DiBella said the recession hit his shop hard, and now they could use the extra money renting out their property that they have been using as a storage unit for the past three decades.
“The people that we’re going to be working with, possibly, are terrific people, and they’re very community-minded, and they want to do what’s right, and they will,” DiBella said, “as long as we’re here.”
The State Division of Public and Behavioral Health have until November to review applications and issue provisional licenses for dispensaries. Businesses must still be approved by the city and county.
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