By Steve Elliott
Fifteen years after Nevada voters approved the legalization of medical marijuana, the first dispensary opened its doors August 24 in Clark County. The southwest Las Vegas shop is allowed, under state law, to serve tourists who are registered medical marijuana patients in their home states, as well as Nevada residents.
"We've been so busy, there are lines around the corner at some times of the day," said Darlene Purdy, managing director at Euphoria Wellness, reports Sarah Feldberg at Travel Weekly. Purdy said the dispensary has seen more than 100 patients a day.
"Patients are so happy," she said. "Some people have been waiting 15 years for this."
As long as out-of-state visitors are registered medical marijuana patients at home, with a valid authorization and government-issued ID, they are welcome to buy medical marijuana during their Vegas vacation.
Nevada has set up the "gold standard" of medical marijuana programs, according to state Sen. Tick Segerblom, who sponsored the bill that led up to legalization of dispensaries. He said the reaction is been overwhelmingly positive.
"I haven't heard of anything negative," Segerblom said. "It took 15 years to get here, but there hasn't been one peep of the sky is falling. Everybody is on board with this thing."