Henderson City Council to vote on recreational pot

LAS VEGAS - The Henderson City Council is expected to give the go-ahead Tuesday night for dispensaries to start selling recreational marijuana.

All five of the city's dispensaries are seeking approval on their business license applications.

Dispensaries are gearing up for a big boost in sales. 

Last month, the Henderson City Council narrowly voted 3 - 2 to allow recreational marijuana sales within city limits.

Tuesday night, they're expected to approve a handful of business licenses allowing dispensaries to sell marijuana to anyone 21 and over.

Call it the calm before the storm, at The Source Dispensary in Henderson. Signs are up for recreational marijuana sales which could start any day now.

"We have to go back for our final approval, to get our conditional use permit, and once we have that, we'll be ready to go," said Andrew Jolley, CEO, The Source Dispensary.

He saw a business boom at his westside store and expects a similar trend at his Henderson shop.

"Our other store, we saw about a three times increase in the number of customers and transactions," Jolley said.

Last month, Henderson's City Council approved retail marijuana sales in a split 3 - 2 vote.

"I think it's long overdue," said Henderson resident Rick Bronstein. "I used a medical card to keep my dog alive with cancer probably another six months and I had to get a medical card to do it, how dare the government tell me what I can and can't do to help my pets."

For Peg Barker, it's a matter of keeping up with the times.

"I don't think there's a problem with it, I think that people are going to get it if they want it, and the city might as well get the taxes," she said.

Those taxes are expected to add a million dollars to city's coffers this fiscal year ending June 30 of next year.

All of that, coming from five dispensaries.

By 2021, that number is expected to be $5 million annually, according to projections from an early September city council meeting.

Citywide, there could be $10 million in recreational marijuana sales over the next eight-and-a-half months.

All of this is also equating to more jobs. The source doubled the number of employees at this location, just like they did at their other location.

Including a cultivation facility and a production facility, the company now more than 100 employees.


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