On February 26, 2022, a prayer song will be performed during the grand opening of the Three Nations cannabis dispensary in south Reno.

Three Nations Cannabis, owned by Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, has a soft opening Saturday afternoon after tribe members performed a cultural blessing that included prayers and music.

The first purchase at Reno’s first drive-through pharmacy was made by Arlan Melendez, the chairman of the RSIC. He bought a cream for his shoulder pain.

Arlan Melendez, Chairman of the Indian Colony of Reno-Sparks, left, and Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve help cut the ribbon during the grand opening of the Three Nations cannabis dispensary in south Reno February 26, 2022.

Local leaders such as Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, Reno City Council Member Naomi Duerr, Washoe County Commissioner Bob Lucey and RSIC board members were also in attendance.

Three Nations Cannabis is located at 11570 South Virginia Street, which used to be a car dealership.

From Saturday afternoon, the pharmacy will only operate its drive-through lanes. The indoor retail space will be open to the public in April.

“Three Nations Cannabis enhances RSIC’s economic diversification strategy that will create high-paying jobs for both tribe members and the general public,” Melendez said in a prepared statement. “It will also help RSIC invest resources in better elderly care, education and health services, housing and infrastructure, language and culture, youth services, the possibilities are endless.”

Another RSIC-owned drive-thru pharmacy in Verdi will open to the public on March 12. Melendez added that a third pharmacy will open in Spanish Springs, but an opening date has not been set.

Kristin Oh is a public safety reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal. She can be reached at [email protected] or at 775-420-1285. Please support their work by subscribing.