Las Vegas Approves 26 Dispensaries

Las Vegas Approves 26 Dispensaries

The Las Vegas City Council spent much of Tuesday and Wednesday deliberating and reviewing applications for medical marijuana in the city. The council approved 26 dispensaries; more than twice the amount allotted by the state of Nevada. The approved dispensaries will need to go under review by the state, then will be subject to further review by local governments.

With likely discrepancies between city, state, and local governments, the 26 dispensaries will be sorted out until only the most trustworthy operators are left. Nevada received a total of 519 applications for the medical marijuana program back in August with around a fifty-fifty split between grow operations and dispensaries.

The majority of the applications (70%) were submitted for the populous Clark County, home of Las Vegas. Chad Westom, with the State Division of Health said, “The applicants would need to work with the local jurisdictions to get additional local approval with licensing and zoning and that is how the process is set up.”

State Senator Tick Segerblom says that dispensaries could be up-and-running as soon as March. “Any time you create a new industry, things take twice as long as you would anticipate,” said Segerblom. The state of Nevada is scheduled to release it’s approved list of dispensaries on Monday.

The wheels of legislation are turning in Nevada and soon medical patients will have safe, regulated places to purchase access their medicine.

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100,000 Signed a Petition for Legal Marijuana in Nevada

100,000 Signed a Petition for Legal Marijuana in Nevada

Marijuana advocates in Nevada collected over one hundred thousand signatures on a petition supporting a measure to legalize recreational marijuana in the state. The signatures had to be turned in by the middle of November in order to be considered for Nevada’s legislature session beginning in January 2015.

State Senator Richard Segerblom told KNPR News that The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol was responsible for collecting that many signatures, and it cost the organization $500,000 to get them. In the same interview, Senator Sergerblom stated,

“If the Legislature fails to approve the measure, it automatically goes on the ballot as a question for voters to decide in 2016.”

The only fear about the movement that was expressed, during the interview, by Councilman Bob Coffin was that medical marijuana dispensaries will be at a competitive disadvantage if recreational marijuana sales are legalized in the state. He is worried about existing businesses.

The measure would allow the cultivation, sale, taxation and regulation of cannabis to adults aged twenty one and older. It will also permit of-age adults to have up to one ounce of cannabis on their person at a time. The plan is for the tax revenue collected from legal recreational sales to go toward education in the state of Nevada. The tax rate for retail marijuana sales would not be increased. It would remain the same tax rate as that of other industries.

Whether recreational marijuana sales are legalized in the state in 2015 or the year after, it looks like residents are in support of it happening. It will be a huge source of tax revenue for the state, especially with the number of tourists that visit Las Vegas every year.

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