Washoe County’s Board of County Commissioners approved today the relocation of a medical marijuana dispensary from Crystal Bay to Sun Valley.
The dispensary, operated by Tryke Companies Reno, was approved for 5105 Sun Valley Boulevard.
Residents expressed concern about the dispensary because of traffic, proximity to an elementary school and security issues.
Assistant County Manager Kevin Schiller said security is heightened with such facilities — similar to a pharmacy.
“There’s actually increased scrutiny around that facility…” he said. “You see … a decrease in … criminal activity.”
Commissioner Kitty Jung, who represents the the Sun Valley district, was in favor of the dispensary.
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“I am a supporter of medical marijuana,” she said. “I think it’s a great location. I think Sun Valley’s gonna win. I’m gonna wager Crystal Bay is going to be very upset that they didn’t have this pharmacy there especially when we can figure out what we can wrangle from these Tryke brothers and sisters for improvements in our community of Sun Valley.”
Schiller said that Tryke Companies Reno wants to contribute to the community and has “a history in Washoe County and growing up in the valley. In their prior businesses, they’ve been very gracious in terms of contributing to the community.”
Sun Valley resident Carol Burns spoke in opposition to the dispensary. She said that there are other dispensaries in the district and said that they should be spread throughout the county.
She also expressed concern about the location.
“This is a dangerous intersection where numerous vehicle accidents have occurred,” she said.
Another resident, Garth Elliot, speaking in favor of the facility, said that the location used to be thrift store, so traffic should not be an issue.
The board voted unanimously to approve the relocation. County staff will notify the state of the relocation in accordance with state law.
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.