South Tahoe Council Denies Permit for Marijuana 420 Concert
A South Lake Tahoe medical marijuana dispensary’s planned 420 celebration featuring musician Julian Marley this Easter Sunday vanished in a permit dispute with the city on Tuesday.
Organizer Cody Bass, after the meeting, said the show will go on, but likely in Reno.
South Lake Tahoe officials twice denied a temporary activity permit for the show in the last two weeks. They cited parking and security concerns as well as the impacts for neighboring property owners, some of who did not support the event.
City officials also said the venture would violate city ordinances for medical marijuana dispensaries. The dispensary’s permit expired March 27 and was temporarily extended by City Manager Nancy Kerry while it is being reviewed for renewal.
Entering its fourth year and growing, the 420 celebration and concert would have been held in the parking lot at Tahoe Wellness Cooperative, 3445 Lake Tahoe Blvd., the city’s only authorized dispensary. It was advertised to include a “cannabis cup” for medical marijuana patient judges to sample up to 42 different strains of marijuana.
Over the last two weeks, Bass and city officials have unsuccessfully gone back and forth over the permit terms that would need to be met. Last year’s event triggered noise and loitering complaints, according to Chief of Police Brian Uhler.
“Sgt. (Josh) Adler responded and reported there was music playing and that there was marijuana smoke wafting so much so across the highway that it could be smelled from cars when driving past,” Uhler told the City Council.
Bass appealed the permit denial but ...