NEVADA: In the coming weeks, the first crops of cannabis will begin blooming in warehouses across the valley, the most tangible sign yet that medical marijuana is headed to Southern Nevada.
Businesses that received state approval in November have been busy preparing buildings, sourcing crops and getting ready to open their doors. When they do, an industry that has been almost 15 years in the making will be born.
Voters first legalized medical marijuana in 2000, but the state never established a formal system for growing and distributing it. Patients grew their own plants for personal use.
That changed in 2013 when lawmakers approved a statewide system of dispensaries, growing facilities and labs. It has taken nearly two years to write rules, collect applications and award licenses, but Nevada’s first medical marijuana businesses finally are set to begin operations.