Nevada to make a bundle on medical marijuana

NEVADA: Future pot dispensary owners in Nevada are in a perfect position to make millions of dollars because the state is the only one in the country that plans to accept out-of-state medical marijuana cards, state Sen. Tick Segerblom told a 200-plus crowd Saturday.

After receiving a standing ovation at a National Cannabis Industry Association symposium for helping to pass a law legalizing such dispensaries, the Las Vegas Democrat said he expects the medical marijuana business to be a boon not only for state coffers also but for the 40 operators who will be able to sell medical pot to anybody who holds a card from another state.

At last tally 19 states had legalized medical marijuana — from Colorado to Oregon to Washington to Connecticut, Vermont and Delaware.

“And with tourism what it is in Las Vegas, with the millions of people who visit here, I don’t need to tell you how profitable it can be,” said Segerbloom, who worked more than a decade to get the law passed. “And Nevada needs the money. It’s very short on revenue. But we’re not going to become a Venice Beach. Nevada has a thorough and fair bill, and we’re going to regulate this industry the right way.”

Responding to a question of whether Las Vegas hotels and casinos will ban medical marijuana, Segerbloom said he hopes that they will accept it.

Other states have wrestled with the effects of secondhand marijuana smoke. Colorado already is trying to figure out how to separate the medical marijuana smoking populace from everyday tourists who just want to visit Rocky Mountain National Park with their children without breathing skunky smoke from the adjacent hotel room.

“I would think that our hotels and casinos would embrace it,” said Segerbloom. “They’re already very smoker friendly.”

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