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Elko Moves Ahead With Marijuana Ban

The Elko City Council moved forward with a plan to ban all marijuana sales in the city at their meeting Tuesday night.

The council voted for an ordinance that will zone against recreational and marijuana establishments.

The ordinance must still come back for a public hearing and second reading for passage. The current moratorium on medical marijuana expires in March.

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The Elko Daily Free Press reports Elko mayor Chis Johnson said the Nevada Legislature gave cities the power through zoning to block marijuana sales, even though the state did legalize recreational sales last November.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently said he was leaving decisions of enforcement to the U.S. attorneys in each state.