By Steve Elliott
Effective immediately, it is now legal in Nevada to sell, grow, test and tax medical marijuana. The new medical marijuana law went into effect April 1, but it's no joke.
Government officials said it will be awhile before medical marijuana dispensaries are open for business; the same goes for indoor grow operations, or laboratories to test for potency and contaminants, reports Ray Hagar at the Reno Gazette-Journal. Patients in Washoe County who have a doctor's authorization will be able to buy medical marijuana in about months, according to local government representatives.
"There are so many what ifs," said spokesman Adam Mayberry of the city of Sparks. "The reports I have seen put it later this year or early 2015. It is possible you could see it by later this year -- and I want to emphasize late."
The newly legal industry is expected to be a job producer and a fresh source of tax revenue for state and local governments.
"Before, we were all talking about what to do but it wasn't yet legal," said state Senator Tick Segerblom (D-Las Vegas), who was the main sponsor of the 2013 bill which legalized dispensaries (medical marijuana was legalized by Nevada voters back in 2000, but patients have had no legal access to buy cannabis). "But as of (Tuesday), it will now be legal to have marijuana dispensaries, marijuana grow houses and marijuana cooking facilities for edibles in the state of Nevada."