Carson City Supervisors Thursday tentatively approved a new housing subdivision just off College Parkway and Emerson – up against the I-580 freeway. It’s called the Emerson Cottages – 37 single family homes on a 5.5 acre parcel. They’re spaced pretty close together and will be listed for around $300,000 apiece when the subdivision is complete.
The developer raised the issue of the loop driveway that runs through the development. He wanted the city to take over the expense of long term maintenance on the loop. But the supervisors balked at the request saying the city can’t afford to do it since city road funds are thin as it is. To be continued.
The Supervisors then turned to the issue of Hemp…sort of like Marijuana “Lite,” which is being proposed to be grown within the Carson City city limits. Hemp is used for all kinds of things – but not for smoking or eating. Hemp is actually very low grade marijuana with a THC component of just 3% which, for most marijuana users, doesn’t “cut it.” So it’s used for a wide variety of purposes including rope, shoes, clothing and much more.
Federal and state laws allow the growing of hemp and manufacturing certain products from hemp. Hemp has different characteristics than regular marijuana and hemp is regulated by a different set of laws. But like regular marijuana, hemp stinks and the odor can be quite a bother if it’s grown too close to local neighborhoods or work areas.
For that reason the Carson City Board of Supervisors decided to treat hemp differently than regular marijuana by creating rules and regulations that separate hemp growing from regular marijuana growing. The supervisors referred the issue to the Carson City Planning Commission who will study the issue and likely place a moratorium on growing hemp until proper regulations can be applied to hemp – especially when it comes to being grown close to local neighborhoods.
Once the planning commission reviews the issue, it will be referred back to the Board of Supervisors who are likely to put a temporary moratorium on planting hemp within the city limits of Carson City. While the moratorium is in place the Supervisors will review methods and regulations suggested by the planning commission which will be taken up later by the Supervisors who will then likely authorize hemp to be grown under strict conditions. The big issue is making sure the growing of hemp doesn’t stink-up anyone’s neighborhood.