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Nevada: First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Prepares To Open


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The first medical marijuana dispensary to open in the state of Nevada is opening in Reno -- but it'll be awhile before medicine is available to patients. They have to grow the stuff first.

The Sierra Wellness Connection successfully passed local and state inspections, and is ready to begin growing medical marijuana at its cultivation facility, reports KTVN.

Before it can be harvested, medical marijuana grown in Nevada must be tested in an independent lab to ensure it's safe before it is officially released to cardholding patients.

"This is an important milestone for our program," said Chad Westom, bureau chief with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health. "There are nearly 9,000 patient cardholders in Nevada who could benefit from medical marijuana for ailments such as cancer, glaucoma, seizures, AIDS and PTSD."

Several other medical marijuana dispensaries are expected to open in Nevada in the coming months.

Nevada: Planned Medical Marijuana Program Called Discriminatory


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The proposed new rules for Nevada's already-existing medical marijuana program would discriminate against the poor and minorities, and would make marijuana too expensive for patients who need it, witnesses testified during a hearing on Tuesday.

"This is an absolute injustice," said David Udy of Las Vegas during a hearing at the Division of Public and Behavioral Health on proposed regulations, reports Ed Vogel at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "This is going to be a disaster."

Udy and other witnesses said that only wealthy patients will be able to get grow licenses and dispensary licenses for medical marijuana, because of a new rule that requires people to have access to at least $250,000 before they can get a license.

"There are a lot of people who would like to get in this game," said Art Cardoza, who said he is a caregiver who supplies cannabis to veterans, the disabled and others. "Millionaire people don't care about them."

There is little she can do about the financial requirements, said deputy administrator Marla McDade-Williams, "because of limitations in the bill." Senate Bill 374 requires those applying for a medical marijuana cultivation or dispensary license to have at least $250,000.

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