Elko Extends Ban Medical Pot Shops Despite Resident Support
ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Elko is extending its ban on medical marijuana shops despite comments from residents who want it lifted.
The Elko Daily Free Press reports the only councilmember to vote no on the ban noted that about 60 percent of Elko voters cast ballots in favor of Nevada's medical marijuana initiative. Councilman John Patrick Rice said the city is depriving itself of revenue and keeping a service from residents.
Councilwoman Mandy Simons was among the four in favor of the ban and noted that cannabis possession is still illegal under federal law. Mother Jackie Melton spoke at the meeting in favor of medical marijuana shops in Elko. She said she drives to Reno to get medicine for her daughter, who is autistic and often waves her arms and pulls her hair.