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South Lake Tahoe cannabis co-op cannot sell for recreational use

Tahoe Wellness Collective in South Lake Tahoe cannot sell recreational marijuana because it operates under a court order, rather than a city permit. (KRNV/KRXI)

A South Lake Tahoe medical cannabis cooperative is at the center of controversy due to new laws regarding recreational marijuana sales in California.

City officials say Tahoe Wellness Cooperative applied for a commercial sales license, but the application was denied because the co-op currently operates under a court order, not a city permit.

"It is our understanding from conversations with the State that TWC can continue to operate as [not-for-profit] with medicinal sales only as they have operated in the past several years," spokeswoman Tracy Franklin said in an email to News 4-Fox 11.

The city of South Lake Tahoe is currently not permitting recreational marijuana licenses, though a spokeswoman for the city said a committee made of community members will make recommendations to the city council regarding pot policy.

South Tahoe Now reported that Tahoe Wellness closed its doors on Sunday but reopened Monday for medicinal sales.

The owner of Tahoe Wellness did not immediately respond to a request for comment from News 4-Fox 11.

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