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Nevada: Medical Marijuana Goes To Earth Day Event For The First Time

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Earth Day's annual event will include a medical marijuana section this year, something never seen before in Reno. The "Cannabis Clinic" will include Nevada Botanical Science, the Nevada Medical Marijuana Association, and area dispensaries.

The event starts at 11 a.m. in Idlewild Park and ends at 6 p.m.

“We know people have a lot of questions so we’re coming together at this event to answer them,” Nevada Botanical Science COO Bob Summers said in a press release. “Anyone over the age of 18 can stop by, visit with medical professionals and let us know what’s on their mind.”

Information shared could include:

- What qualifying conditions are approved to be treated by cannabis in Nevada
- What Nevada law allows
- Who is authorized to write a recommendation
- How to get a medical cannabis card
- The science behind Nevada Botanical Science and O.penVAPE
- The Nevada Botanical Science Foundation

Nevada Botanical Science is made up of a group of Northern Nevada physicians and health care professionals who believe in the necessity of medical marijuana. Their initial goal is education, empowering those suffering from chronic pain, disease and mental illness with access to a plant that can improve their health and enhance their quality of life.

Nevada: First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Prepares To Open

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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: Marijuana Legalization To Be On 2016 Ballot

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Nevada’s Secretary of State Ross Miller on Monday approved an official petition to add marijuana legalization to the 2016 November ballot.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol needed to file 102,000 signatures, but ultimately filed about 200,000.

If passed, the measure would establish marijuana cultivation and distribution businesses as well as legalize adult possession of up to an ounce.

“Nevada joins an ever-growing list of states with marijuana legalization on the 2016 ballot,” said Maj. Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a law enforcement group opposed to the War On Drugs.

“Marijuana prohibition has put countless otherwise innocent people in jail and increased street violence just as alcohol prohibition did in the 1920s," Franklin said. "Nevada is ready to prioritize public safety and we look forward to seeing their state and others responsibly regulate marijuana so that law enforcement can focus on more pressing crimes.”

LEAP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit of law enforcement officers who want to end the war on drugs.

Graphic: The Daily Chronic

Nevada: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Grow Houses Now Officially Legal

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

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."

Nevada: Cannabis Career Institute Offering Class In Reno On Saturday

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The Cannabis Career Institute will offer a class in Reno, Nevada, on Saturday to educate locals on marijuana laws, marketing, and cultivation.

Classes on medicinal cannabis dispensary laws and marijuana cultivation will be included, reports the Reno Gazette-Journal. The class costs $249, according to grow specialist Gary Maciel of the Cannabis Career Institute.

"We feel the more the public is educated on it the more chance it has to become legal and no one will get jailed for smoking -- which never killed anyone," Maciel said.

The daylong event begins at 9 a.m. at the Hampton Inn Suites, 10599 Professional Circle, in south Reno. Tickets are still available for the Saturday classes, according to Maciel.

Subject matter covered in the class:

How To Become A Patient (State Requirements)
Selecting a doctor, reasons for choosing a medical marijuana doctor, finding a medical marijuana doctor that’s right for your business
Difference between state I.D. card and Doctor Recommendation
How to obtain a state I.D. card and become a state registered healthcare provider
Reasons pro/con for getting state I.D. card
Creating Your Business Plan
Definition of Collectives and Cooperatives
Business and Marketing Options for Collective Members
Starting a Delivery Service, Dispensary, Edibles Operation or Grow Operation legally and efficiently
What is the concept of your collective?
Bylaws and Constitutions

Nevada: Bill Would Create Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

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Hemp News

Medical marijuana dispensaries could be created throughout Nevada if a bill in the state Senate passes. Under the bill, medicinal cannabis outlets would be nonprofit, and regulated by the state.

Nevada voters approved the use of medical marijuana roughly 13 years ago, but there is still no good way for patients to actually get cannabis, other than growing their own, reports Joe Harrington at KOLO.

Patients who are registered with the state are allowed to grow three mature and four immature marijuana plants, and are allowed to possess up to one ounce of cannabis. But many patients' health makes it difficult or impossible to grow their own, and are concerned about thieves. For them, dispensaries would be a good solution for safe access.

"A lot of cities are experiencing benefits from the taxation," pointed out Reno City Council member Jenny Brekhus, who recently voted with other council members to oppose the medical marijuana dispensary bill being considered by the Legislature. However, she said Reno should "prepare for the possibility" of dispensaries.

"My strongest desire is the City not have its head in the sand if the the Legislature green-lighyts these we need to get our zoning ordinances and our business license regulations in place," Brekhus said.

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