South Lake Tahoe likely to temporarily ban recreational cannabis sales

Lake Tahoe welcomed its first recreational cannabis dispensary in Incline Village this July, but as South Lake Tahoe City Council moves toward a temporary ban of retail sales and with Douglas County’s prohibition already in place, it may remain the closest store for South Shore residents — at least for another year.

After a four-hour public workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 29, South Lake Tahoe City Council directed city staff to draft a temporary urgency ordinance for approval at a future meeting. The ordinance would prohibit recreational cannabis retail sales, commercial grows, and edible production for a 45-day period. The ordinance would then require an additional vote to extend the ban for another 10 months and 15 days.

Mayor Austin Sass said that after attending meetings with government and industry officials in California and Colorado, their advice for implementing local regulations was all the same:

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