South Tahoe man files temporary injunction and puts cannabis permit process on hold

South Tahoe Now, Paula Peterson

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - There is another delay in cannabis businesses being able to move forward in South Lake Tahoe.

Local business owner John Runnels filed a temporary injunction against the City of South Lake Tahoe, the City Council and the Development Services Director Kevin Fabino in Superior Court in Sacramento Friday afternoon. That action has put a temporary halt to all cannabis-related permits being processed in the city until a December 20 court date.

Through his attorney, former candidate for California Attorney General and retired judge Steven Bailey, Runnels filed the court documents to "cease to process applications for cannabis development permits including but not limited to issuing permits, reports or taking other actions that in furtherance of the issuance of development permit for cannabis development permits."

Runnels was unsuccessful in his bid for one of the three retail sale licenses awarded by the City of South Lake Tahoe in June. After a cannabis ordinance was created and criteria for applications developed, the City received 21 applications for adult-use cannabis business, 18 of which were for retail sales, two for microbusiness and one for cultivation: ...