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First Marijuana Dispensary Opens in Nevada

Just one open cannabis facility so far; more planned.

Registered medical marijuana patients in Nevada finally got access to an operating dispensary.

Silver State Relief opened on July 31, 2015 in Sparks, NV a suburb of Reno.

There are more than 9,000 Nevada residents who hold medical cannabis cards. Two thirds of the patients are in Clark County, far from Reno. Releaf Dispensary is planning to open soon in Las Vegas, the hub of Clark County, and more are planned throughout the state.

In 2000 Nevada voters approved a bill to allow medical cannabis to be grown by qualifying patients. It was not until 2013 that the legislature approved a set of bills to regulate dispensaries.

Most states have taken two to four years to bring facilities online after laws were approved. This is a significant regulatory delay for patients. Unlike Nevada, many states – such as New Jersey and New York – do not allow home cultivation.

Freedom Leaf Magazine offices are located in Las Vegas, NV.

Further reading:

Las Vegas Review Journal: In pain and tired of waiting for legal marijuana

KVVU-TV: Medical marijuana dispensary interviews job candidates