Nevada’s Medical Marijuana Business At A Glance

NEVADA: WHAT IS COMING: Under the law passed by the Nevada Legislature and signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval in 2013, the medical marijuana industry will include up to 66 dispensaries statewide to sell the marijuana and marijuana products. The infrastructure will include indoor grow houses to grow the drug, testing labs to test its potency and kitchens to process the marijuana into various forms such as oils, butter, cookie dough, soda pop, chocolate bars and peanut butter cups.

WASHOE COUNTY DISPENSARIES: Under state law, 10 dispensaries will be allowed in Washoe County, including Reno and Sparks. Clark County is allowed 40 dispensary licenses under the law.

WHEN: State officials don’t expect the dispensaries to be open for business until sometime in the spring of 2015. The key to the delay is that Nevada law stipulates that any medical marijuana sold in Nevada must be grown here. Growing marijuana is usually about a six-month process.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Eligibility is determined by a licensed doctor in Nevada after studying the patient’s medical records. Applicants must be at least 10 years old. The Nevada law stipulates medical marijuana can be used by patients who suffer from AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder and any medical condition or treatment for a medical condition that produces significant weight loss, persistent muscle spasms, seizures, severe nausea or pain. Other conditions are subject to approval by the health division of the state Department of Human Resources. About 5,600 Nevadans currently have medical marijuana cards. That number is expected to increase dramatically once the dispensaries are in business.