Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) — Neighbors opposed to a proposed medical marijuana dispensary near downtown Las Vegas scored a small victory Tuesday evening.
The city planning commission recommended denying a special use permit for Greenmart Marijuana Dispensary at 1925 West Charleston Boulevard, across from University Medical Center and next to a flower shop.
Some neighbors in the Scotch Eighties area said they are worried the facility will lead to an increase in the transient homeless population, crime and parking problems. Many are not opposed to the use of medical marijuana but upset with the proximity of the proposed facility to their homes.
“This is locating something that can destroy a neighborhood,” said Stephen Grogan, president of the homeowner’s association.
Joel Laub, speaking before commissioners on behalf of the applicant, said the project met all the requirements set by the city and noted patients of the nearby hospital could benefit from its location.
Greenmart told Action News the problem with homelessness in the area is an existing issue that is unrelated to the facility. They also said the proposed dispensary would have plenty of security and parking to address any concerns.
In the end, the planning commission voted 5-1 against the project. Commissioners reviewed 28 applications on Tuesday and are scheduled to review another 28 next week.
However, the city council will get the final say on who gets the city’s 12 permits. Council members will meet Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 to discuss the applications.
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