Medical Marijuana Goes On Sale In Sparks With Opening Of State’s First Dispensary

NEVADA:  Nevada residents racked with pains and disorders have another option to costly pharmaceutical drugs and procedures: a legal dose of marijuana.

Patients filled the lobby last Friday for the opening of Silver State Relief, a new clinic on east Greg Street in Sparks that specializes in selling medical marijuana.

Smoking marijuana for fun is illegal in Nevada. But sparking up a joint for medical use became legal in Nevada in 2000 thanks to a measure approved by voters. Obtaining the leafy herb was difficult for chronic pain sufferers, however. They had to grow their own or obtain it through other means.

Nevada changed that, with the Legislature approving a bill in 2013 to make medical-marijuana dispensaries legal, paving the way for Aron Swan, general manager of Silver State Relief, and his team to open the state’s first marijuana dispensary.

1st Legal Medical Pot Sold In Nevada 15 Years After Approval

NEVADA:  Fifteen years after Nevadans voted to legalize it, medical marijuana was sold legally in the state for the first time Friday at a dispensary in a strip mall about 5 miles east of downtown Reno.

Dressed in polo shirts, tie-dyes and button-downs, about 75 people with medical marijuana cards lined up outside Silver State Relief, between a sub shop and pizza place in Sparks, to be among the first to buy as much as a half-ounce of pot for $195.

“It smells good in there,” said Dana Metz, 64, a retired General Motors worker who said he suffers from back pain, insomnia and anxiety. He was the first in line two hours before the doors opened just after 10 a.m.