ELY – Sitting south of Ely on the way to Las Vegas is a convenience store and truck stop on Ely Shoshone Tribal land. Located there is Tsaa Nesunkwa, a medical marijuana dispensary that opened in October and now also sells recreational marijuana.
Tsaa Nesunkwa (pronounced zaah nuh-soon-gwa) is now Elko’s closest marijuana dispensary, 188 miles south on U.S. Highway 93, although it does not show up on any online marijuana store maps or even the state’s posted list of stores.
It began selling medical marijuana Oct. 21 and started selling recreational products in early November. The dispensary’s grand opening was Dec. 2.
The dispensary is the second one of its kind on tribal land in the state. The Ely Shoshone Tribe and Yerington Paiute tribes entered into a compact with the governor to sell marijuana after Gov. Brian Sandoval signed Senate Bill 375 into law June 2.
The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe opened a 31-acre marketplace Oct. 16 on land purchased by the tribe.
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