weather icon Clear

County OKs special permit for pot place

Nye County commissioners approved a request for a special use permit to allow a medical marijuana establishment in general commercial zoning under condition that the business will move a local church located in the same storefront.

Nader Sherif, the owner of Green Thumb Industries was previously denied a special use permit for medical marijuana in a general commercial zoning district located at 151 South Humahuaca St. in Pahrump because of its proximity to Joy Divine Community Church. Under requirements, the medical marijuana business can’t be within 300 feet of the church.

“I think we could put that as a condition of approval,” Commissioner Dan Schinhofen said during the last meeting.

“With that statement, it seems that it can’t be within 300 feet of an operating facility, then I make a motion to approve it with the condition that before he comes to apply for a license, the church must have found a new location,” he said.

In his statement to the board of commissioners, the owner of the property, Michael Lach, had indicated that he will work with Joy Divine Community Church for another location if the medical marijuana establishment moves forward.

At this time, Lach however said that relocating the church wouldn’t make sense because the state of Nevada is not accepting applications for medical marijuana licensing, and it’s not clear when it will resume the process.

“If the business were approved by the state, then he would have the church moved,” Lach said about Sherif.

Lach said the church leases the location at 151 South Humahuaca Street on a monthly basis, while Sherif only uses it in his documents as a tentative address in case he had an approval from the state.

“I like this church and I would like to see them last,” Lach said. “But six months from now, we don’t even know if they are going to be around.”

Sherif didn’t return multiple calls for comment, but he had previously said that he had to put the process on hold indefinitely.

“At this point, we are moving with the cue,” Lach said.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Meet the 12 contestants competing for the 2023 Miss Pahrump crown — PHOTOS

The Miss Pahrump Pageant will take place Saturday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. inside the Saddle West Showroom. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission or $15 for VIP tickets. To reserve a ticket contact the organization at MissPahrumpPageant@gmail.com.

Halcyon CEO: Plan to build hydrogen plant in Nye differs from other proposals

While Halcyon’s proposal has similarities to other energy projects in the region, company CEO Monte Burton said it includes key differences, including a contractual guarantee that would return a percentage of the company’s profits to the community.

Pahrump doctors could get their day in court

A Nye County judge has agreed to hear claims in a case filed by two Pahrump clinicians against P3 Health Partners Inc. which acquired their local practice in a multimillion-dollar deal before shutting down their clinic.

Gone but never forgotten: A salute to America’s fallen heroes

VFW Post #10054 hosted its Memorial Day Ceremony on Tuesday, with several dozen area residents, both veterans and civilians alike, gathered beneath the pergola for the morning ceremony.

Nye County school superintendent to leave district in June

A Nye County resident said he felt the school district had recovered from the pandemic slower than the rest of the state under the superintendent’s leadership.