ELKO – The City of Elko Planning Commission is holding a public hearing Tuesday on a new section of city code for zoning regulations to prohibit marijuana and medical marijuana establishments.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The amendment is designed to ban the sale of marijuana within the city limits of Elko.

The City Council passed this prohibition onto the City Planning Commission on Oct. 24, with Councilman John Patrick Rice dissenting.

Rice commented that he was conservative-minded, but community members needed to be consulted more to discuss the issue. He also proposed several workshops with PACE and community members to discuss further the pros and cons of medical marijuana usage.

Several people from the community spoke during the public comment period on this issue at the Oct. 24 City Council meeting.

From Tuesday’s public hearing, the Planning Commission will send a report of recommendations back to the Elko City Council to review and take action at their Dec. 12 meeting in City Hall.