Hot Springs City Council hears two sides of marijuana issue

By Brett Nachtigall

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HOT SPRINGS – Medical Marijuana was a topic brought forth by a pair of local residents during the ‘Communications from the Public’ portion of last week’s Hot Springs City Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 16.

First, Terry Hinn, who is a five-year rural Hot Springs resident, spoke and indicated he had plans to open a medical marijuana dispensary in town, since the state had recently legalized it following the results of the recent General Election. Hinn already owns five other unrelated businesses in Nebraska, including Hinn’s Homes and City s’Liquors & Tap Room.

Hinn said, from what he understands of the situation, the state has until April 22 to have their things in-line to allow businesses to open by July 1. He said he came before the city council well in advance in order to “get the ball rolling.”

He said the medical marijuana business will be driven by supply and demand but he sees a great opportunity for the business venture in Hot Springs with the State Veterans Home.

“You peg yourself as the Veterans City and this (medical marijuana), more than anything else around, would give more benefit to some of the problems the Veterans have here with Post Traumatic Stress, and everything from Alzheimer’s to cancer to Parkinson’s,” Hinn said.

“It would be something for the community, obviously tax revenue for the…

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