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Nevada Governor Signs Bill To Allow MMJ Dispensaries

On Wednesday, Governor Brian Sandoval (R) signed a bill into law that will allow for state-regulated medical marijuana dispensaries and grow operations in Nevada.

The bill, Senate Bill 374, will provide for the “registration of medical marijuana establishments authorized to cultivate or dispense marijuana or manufacture edible marijuana products or marijuana-infused products for sale to persons authorized to engage in the medical use of marijuana.”

“I applaud the governor for recognizing it is time Nevada lived up to its constitutional mandate and provided access for patients who have legitimate medical needs for marijuana.” – Sen. Tick Segerbloom

The bill couldn’t have come soon enough for the 3,785 medical marijuana patients who waited 13 long years for a way to legally obtain their medicine without growing it themselves.

“I applaud the governor for recognizing it is time Nevada lived up to its constitutional mandate and provided access for patients who have legitimate medical needs for marijuana,” said the bills sponsor, Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas.

Section 22 of the bill states that, “On and after April 1, 2016, self- cultivation, self-growing and self-production is prohibited unless the person engaging in such activity qualifies for one of the compassionate exceptions from the prohibition, including illness that precludes travel to a medical marijuana dispensary, and the lack of a medical marijuana dispensary within 25 miles of the person’s residence.”

The fine tuning of the bill will take place in the coming months by the state Health Division. See our article on the passing of the bill in the state legislature for more details of the bill.

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