|Legal marijuana will be sold here soon.|
Nevada’s head of the state medical marijuana program says that, pending local approval, medical marijuana dispensaries could open in “early” 2015.
But first, the state will have to grant licenses. Yesterday marked the last day Nevada medical marijuana business hopefuls could drop off applications. Roughly 370 people applied, and out of that 66 will be chosen.
Officials say they’ll whittle the applicants down and rank them in order by November 3. After that point, it will be up to local governments to issue provisional licenses. If a local government doesn’t want a pot shop in their town, then that dispensary won’t be eligible to move on and the state will move down the list to the next application.
“It’s up to the local governments if they support the provisional certificates we’re going to issue or not, in which case we’ll let them know what the next ranked establishment is,” Medical Marijuana Bureau Chief Chad Westom told Reno’s News4.
According to state law, the dispensary locations are based on the total population base of patients – mostly in southern Nevada.
Nevada has had medical cannabis on the books since 2000, but in 2013 legislators ruled that patients did not have adequate access to medicine and said that dispensaries must be allowed to operate. Lawmakers have worked since then to establish a regulatory system for the shops. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Nevada will likely be able to accept out-of-state medical cannabis registry cards.