Scott Sibley is a managing partner at Nevada Holistic Medicine, a trust established to manage holdings in medical marijuana dispensaries and related businesses in the Southern Nevada area. Mr. Sibley now also serves as an at-large member on the Clark County board of commissioners as part of the county’s new marijuana advisory panel.

In addition to Nevada Holistic Medicine, Mr. Sibley is a managing partner at Equis Group, a real estate firm that specializes in distressed debt and foreclosures with the purpose of maximizing corporate performance. From 2004-2005, Mr. Sibley served as a state assemblyman representing District 22, and he was appointed State Commissioner for Common-Interest Communities by Gov. Brian Sandoval in 2014.

Mr. Sibley has been a Clark County local since 1992 and graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2002 with a B.A. in Real Estate Finance.

As a former Nevada Assemblyman, it has been disappointing to see some of my fellow Republicans lining up in opposition to Question 1, a simple and common sense measure to require criminal background checks on gun sales in Nevada. Read why Scott is disappointed that some Republicans oppose ballot Question 1. Scott wrote a guest article for the Las Vegas Sun. You can read the entire story by clicking here.

Scott Sibley,  is a former Republican assemblyman and a longtime Nevada business owner.

Nevada Natural Medicine

After receiving the go ahead from Nye County commissioners, a new medical marijuana production establishment will be built on South Hafen Ranch Road in Pahrump. A special use permit and zoning change for the facility was granted by the county under strict conditions and amid objections from nearby residents. The facility will be located just over a mile from Hafen Elementary School, near both the Cottonwoods and Artesia neighborhoods. While some officials believe the new establishment will boost the local economy, many residents are concerned that site will ultimately detract from the community.

Pahrump resident Carroll MacDonald presented a petition with over 500 signatures requesting that the county deny the special use permit and the request to change the property’s zoning from a neighborhood commercial zoning district to a commercial manufacturing zoning district.

“Please note that we aren’t against the business, however, we do believe it to be a bad location,” she said. “The location for this business is not appropriate for this residential area.”

Residents aired numerous grievances with the proposal, stating that the development will result in an increase in road traffic and a drop in residential property values. Some residents expressed concern that locating a marijuana production facility near residential areas could yield an increase in crime.

However, Commissioner Dan Schinhofen believes that the new project will enhance the county economy.

“There’s 500 people, I represent almost 9,000 people. It’s going to be at least 20 jobs, it’s a tax base, it’s a new industry.” He said. “It’s requiring a lot of investment and it’s gotten us a lot of jobs in this community over the last year just in construction.”

Scott Sibley, the manager of Nevada Natural Medicines, LLC and the person who initially requested the zoning change, tried to allay residents’ fears by describing the nature of the facility to be built.

“We would make sure that it’s compatible with a neighborhood and work with the neighbors to make sure that it’s not just a fenced in facility that meets the state’s requirements, but something that is compatible to the area,” he said.

Although the permit that has been granted to Sibley does not require a minimum distance between the facility and residences, growhouses must be at least 1,000 feet from schools and 300 feet from public facilities like parks and churches.

Additionally, the establishment will have a MicroCool fogging system that prevents odors from contaminating the surrounding area by filtering it into vapor. Although the business will sell to state and county dispensaries at the Pahrump location, sales to consumers will be conducted elsewhere.

The special use permit also requires that the business construct a wall around the facility and prohibits the use of a septic tank and well that are nearby.

“The concerns that are there are very well understood, however, there are many, many items that can mitigate all your concerns,” Eisa Khoury, chief financial officer of the marijuana dispensary MMJ America said. “We are not here to hurt or harm anyone, we are going to employ people, it is going to produce taxes and so forth for the city.”

Prior to groundbreaking on their newest medical marijuana facility, Nevada Natural Medicines held a town meeting to ease concerns of residents who have raised objections to the pending operation. Over two dozen residents attended the meeting at the Artesis Clubhouse in order to voice their concerns and hear a presentation from Scott Sibley, a representative of Nevada Natural Medicines. Previously, county residents had expressed concerned about the grow operation’s potential impact on the area’s irrigation system, as well as its proximity to a local residences.

Nevada Natural Medicines

Nevada Natural Medicines

Scott Sibley orchestrated the town meeting in order to educate the public about the medical marijuana industry and the upcoming grow operation.

Sibley expressed his sympathy towards the concerns of residents, saying, “There were legitimate concerns and I understand what they’re asking and I think part of it is just educating them and explaining to him how things are and what the impact is going to be to the environment.”

The main concern expressed by the meetings attendees was the potential effect that constructing the operation may have on the county’s water supply. Nye County, as well as other areas of Nevada, have been subject to a prolonged drought, compounding the reservations many already had related to the medical marijuana site. Sibley, no stranger to drought himself, said “I was born in California and the west continually suffers from water issues. Water conservation is definitely a top priority for us.”

Sibley gave an hour long presentation to the group and used visual aids such as poster boards to show his plans for the facility.

Many patrons were unaware of the growing process used for medicinal marijuana. Sibley wanted to give a clear depiction of the safety precautions and measures the farmers will be using for the ranch.

Also on hand for the meeting was Eisa Khoury, another representative of Nevada Natural Medicines. Directly addressing concerns about the water needed for such an operation, Khoury said, “I just want to make it clear that when we say we use 500 gallons of water per day, that doesn’t mean we take 500 gallons of water out of the system every day because we fill up our tanks the first time with the 500 gallons of water and we are using that water and recycling it and pulling it back again so it’s a closed loop, very little waste.”

The facility in question is under construction thanks to a special permit granted by Nye County commissioners. With the legalization of recreational marijuana on the ballot this November, it is hoped by Commissioner Dan Schinhofen will bring new jobs to the county. Schinhofen described his hopes thusly, “It’s going to be at least 20 jobs, it’s a tax base, and it’s a new industry.”

While some residents of Nye County are still uncomfortable with a medical marijuana operation so close to home, Sibley remains optimistic and hopes to hold more of these community forums in the future.

Expressing his commitment to educating the community, Sibley wrapped up by saying, “We want to keep meeting with the neighbors and keep this discussion open and keep working with them.”

Scott Sibley of Nevada Natural Medicines’ speaks with residents at a recent public meeting.  Click here for the entire story about Scott from The Pahrump Valley Times.

 

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PNRC also named new officers and directors to an expanded board, which will focus on best practices for public notice in newspapers in an age of both print and digital notices.

Officers elected were:

-As vice president, S. Richard Gard Jr, publisher of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin:
-As treasurer, Scott Sibley, publisher of the Nevada Legal News, Las Vegas, NV
-As secretary, William F. Rector, publisher of The Daily Record, Little Rock, AR.

Directors elected were:

-Michael Kramer, president of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin;
-Hal Cohen, group publisher of the New York Law Bulletin and Daily Intelligencer, Philadelphia, PA
-Vahn Babigian, general manager of the Metropolitan News Company, Los Angeles, CA

Scott Sibley, the manager of Nevada Natural Medicines, LLC requested a zone change for a cultivation center in Pahrump. The purpose of the zone change is to allow for a future medical marijuana cultivation and production facility on a site. For the full from the Pahrump Valley Times click here.

 

Governor Brian Sandoval signed into law SB276 to allow the relocation of unused medical marijuana dispensary licenses from the rural counties to Clark County.  Scott Sibley and other industry professionals worked on this legislation with various state and local officials to resolve issues created by the original legislation in 2013.

Governor Press Release: http://gov.nv.gov/News-and-Media/Press/2015/Sandoval-Surpasses-500-Bills-Signed-for-the-78th-Legislative-Session/

Link to Legislation: http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/78th2015/Reports/history.cfm?DocumentType=2&BillNo=276