Reno, recreational marijuana pot, sales, stores dispensaries, Sparks, Carson City, Nevada, NV
Since recreational pot sales became legal in Nevada on July 1, 2017, the industry has taken off big time. You can tell by the tax revenue that’s being generated. The first month produced over $3.5 million for the state treasury and the next two years are projected to result in around $120 million. Most of this will go to Nevada’s schools and some gets socked away in a rainy day fund.

The original four Reno / Sparks dispensaries that started retail recreational sales on July 1 have grown to more than twice that number. Locations have also expanded and now include stores in Sun Valley, Carson City and Incline Village. And as of January 1, 2018, recreational marijuana is legal in neighboring California.

Note that legal recreational marijuana sales are not a license to light up wherever and whenever you please. For a summary list of the rules, licensed dispensaries and more information, refer to “Recreational Marijuana in Reno, Sparks and Nevada.”

Use and possession are still violations of federal law. People are not permitted to smoke or consume marijuana in federally subsidized housing or on any federally owned land / facilities in the State of Nevada. Whether or not the U.S. Department of Justice starts getting heavy handed (as has been threatened by Attorney General Jeff Sessions) with state marijuana legalization laws remains to be seen. From what I’ve seen, the marijuana industry is betting against federal interference despite Sessions’ huffing and puffing. They would be stepping on states’ rights and favorable public sentiment, and killing thousands of marijuana generated jobs.


Reno’s 2018 State of the City address will be on Thursday, January 18, 2018. It will be held at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts (2 blocks south of City Hall at 100 S. Virginia Street) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Doors to the Pioneer Center open at 5 p.m., theater doors open at 6 p.m. and presentations begin at 6:30 p.m.

This event will be quite a bit more than just a speech by Mayor Hillary Schieve, which is to begin around 7 p.m. Other local politicians and dignitaries will be there as well, along with entertainment and Reno’s first ever Community Engagement Fair. The meet-and-greet style fair offers citizens an in-person opportunity to engage with their local government and learn about key city programs, provide input through surveys and discover how they can get involved with through a variety of commissions and boards. A variety of city departments from Arts, Culture and Special Events to Fire and Police will set up booths in the Pioneer Center’s Exhibit Hall.

The theme is “Big Arts Little City” and the event will include arts and culture entertainment by Controlled Burn Reno, Note-Ables, Reno Jazz Orchestra, Sierra Nevada Ballet, TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada and A.V.A. Ballet Theatre.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. No RSVP or tickets required. You will need to get in line for one of the available seats and hope you are able to get in since the Pioneer Center has seating for only 1,488 people.

Residents of Reno, Sparks and Washoe County are encouraged to register now for the 2017 session of the Reno Citizens Institute (RCI) program provided by the City of Reno. The registration deadline is July 28, 2017. Sign up ASAP as enrollment is limited to the first 40 participants.

Participants meet with elected officials, department directors and city staff to gain an understanding of city government, processes, and services through hands on exercises and presentations.

The free ten week RCI program is held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at various City facilities and venues. The first class will be on August 10 and they will continue through graduation day on October 12.

Here are the 2017 RCI class sessions…

  • August 10 – City Manager’s Office
  • August 17 – Community Development #1 – Housing and Code Enforcement
  • August 24 – Community Development #2 – Business License, Buiilding Division, Planning and Engineering
  • August 31 – Reno Fire Department
  • September 7 – Parks, Recreation and Community Services
  • September 14 – Finance, Human Resources and City Clerk’s Office
  • September 21 – Public Works
  • September 28 – City Attorney’s Office and Municipal Court
  • October 5 – Reno Police Department
  • October 12 – Graduation