Elko Indian Colony dispensary set to open amid controversy – Elko Daily Free Press


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The Newe Cannabis dispensary on Shoshone Circle is set to open Saturday, the Elko Band Council announced.

ELKO DAILY FREE PRESS FILE

ELKO – The Elko Band of Te-Moak is set to open its marijuana dispensary Saturday.

Elko Band Council Chairman Davis Gonzales and Vice Chairman Juan Arevelo announced the “soft opening” on Monday. Newe Cannabis has been working with Cascade Strategic Investments of Portland, Oregon, and SCS Elko LLC.

Opposing tribe members Leta Jim and Helen Stevens filed for a temporary restraining order in the Te-Moak Tribal Court of Indian Offenses seeking to block the Elko Band from opening the dispensary. An injunction was signed late last week by tribal court advocates Lorraine Garcia and Felix Ike.

Gonzales said, despite the legal action, the dispensary’s opening would go ahead as planned.

“I’m not worried about it,” he told the Elko Daily Free Press.

The dispensary agreement was approved by Gov. Steve Sisolak on Jan. 23.

Gonzales said the medical and recreational marijuana dispensary at 1555 Shoshone Circle will start as a drive-through store due to social distancing

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