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Nevada: Judge Rules Medical Marijuana Registration Program Is Constitutional


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Nevada's medical marijuana registration program is constitutional, a Clark County judge ruled on Friday.

In a 38-page order, District Judge Rob Bare also determined that the state is legally immune from claims of fraud and unjust enrichment, reports Carri Geer Thevenot at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

"The court may not judge the wisdom or necessity of the registration program because the court is not the policy maker," Judge Bare wrote. "The best avenue of redress is through the Legislature, not the courts."

The ruling was the result of a class action lawsuit filed August 13, 2015 by a 42-year-old Las Vegas man with a history of migraine headaches. The man, identified in court documents only as John Doe, alleged that Nevada had engaged in fraud and unjust enrichment by accepting fees for medical marijuana registration cards without giving patients a legal source of cannabis.

The Nevada Legislature in 2013 voted to allow medical cannabis dispensaries and commercial growing, but the first dispensary didn't open until July 2015. The second dispensary in the state opened on August 24, 2015 in Clark County.

The plaintiff's attorney, Jacob Hafter, said he plans to appeal the ruling.

Illinois: 'Freakonomics' Author To Keynote Marijuana Business Conference In Chicago


Bestselling author Steven Levitt is scheduled to keynote Marijuana Business Daily's Marijuana Business Conference & Expo, to be held at the Chicago Hilton May 19-21.

Levitt's book, Freakonomics, spent eight years on the New York Times bestseller list, selling more than five million copies.

A tenured economics professor at the University of Chicago, Levitt believes in order to fix or change the world, you first have to understand it. He sifts through data for revelations that help everyone from banks to professional athletes see new connections and opportunities.

Now, Levitt is applying his enormous curiosity to the future of the legal cannabis industry.

More than 2,000 marijuana entrepreneurs and major investors are expected to attend Levitt's keynote at the Spring show.

Spring 2015 Marijuana Business Conference & Expo

Photo: The Exiled

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