Deep Roots Harvest Receives Medical Marijuana Establishment Licensing
At the Regular City Council Meeting of October 3, 2017, the City Council received the qualified Request for Proposals (RFP) and made an award of the City’s Site Location Licensing for a Medical Marijuana Establishment to Deep Roots Medical dba Deep Roots Harvest out of Mesquite, Nevada.
The City received six inquiries with regard to the RFP, two of which were from southern Nevada including Deep Roots Harvest. Four other inquiries were from outside Nevada and per Nevada Statute, such future licensing was to be made available only to an entity which is currently licensed in Nevada as a Medical Marijuana Establishment. The City had an additional requirement as part of its Medical Marijuana Ordinance which required qualified applicants to provide proof of licensing and operation in Nevada for a period of at least one year in order to apply.
City Manager Chris Melville provided a presentation to the Council and the public regarding the RFP/Application process and the RFP/Application submitted by Deep Roots Harvest for consideration. With the review complete, Mr. Melville then made a recommendation to the City Council to not only accept the RFP/Application by Deep Roots but to award them the site location licensing for West Wendover. After some time of discussion among the Council Members and Mayor, and questions to City Manager Melville, a motion was made by Council Member John Hanson, seconded by Council Member Ismael Gutierrez to accept and award the site location licensing to Deep Roots Medical dba Deep Roots Harvest; it was a unanimous Council vote in favor.
The proposal by Deep Roots Harvest includes two phases of development which will take place on property located in the City’s Industrial Park located adjacent U.S. Highway 93A along Industrial Way.
Phase 1 includes the purchase of 3.22 acres of property at a market value of over $258,000 and the construction of an 8,500 square foot dispensary and production facility with an investment of nearly $2 million. The completed project will employ 24 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) personnel in positions such as managers, security, accounting, hosts, cashiers, etc.
Phase 2 includes the purchase of an additional 4.2 acres of adjacent property at a market value of over $319,000 and the construction of a 42,000 square foot cultivation and production facility with an investment of over $3.5 million. The completed second phase will employ an additional 20 FTE’s including managers, growers, harvest and production personnel.
With the City Council’s award to Deep Roots Harvest, they will now continue in the process which will ultimately include completing the land purchase for Phase 1 with the option for additional land for Phase 2; the completion of a conditional use permit process; State of Nevada site location licensing and finally receive licensing with the City of West Wendover. The remaining processes will likely take several months to complete but look for Deep Roots to be underway with development by summer of 2018 if not sooner.
City Manager Chris Melville remarked, “I wish to thank Deep Roots Harvest for submitting such a complete and quite honestly compelling proposal to be selected for licensing in the City of West Wendover. They really showed us their background, capabilities and commitment to make a substantial investment in and be a part of our community. They have been upfront, cooperative, helpful and very professional in every way through the City’s process and we look forward to continuing to develop a positive relationship and partnership with them for the future. Congratulations on being selected.”