Las Vegas mulls regulations for marijuana dispensaries – KVVU Las Vegas


The city of Las Vegas is preparing for medical marijuana dispensaries, on Wednesday seeking public input on licensing and other restrictions at a workshop.

However, judging by the laundry list of possible restrictions the city handed out to attendees, the process could take a while.

“The state is ready. The county, I think, is ready. The city of Las Vegas is not quite ready,” said prospective dispensary owner Samantha Antone.

Antone said some of the restrictions being considered could make obtaining medical marijuana difficult for customers.

“There’s no delivery, we can’t have anything open past 8 o’clock, they’re limiting the kind of edibles and infused products you can have. I can’t have a doctor on staff or recommend them to a doctor if they need one. It’s really difficult to focus on a patient when the city of Las Vegas is not showing that there’s a load of focus on the patent,” she said.

Raymond Fletcher uses marijuana for treatment of chronic pain. He’s worried about a possible restriction that would limit dispensaries to selling 100 or fewer plants a month.

“I don’t want someone visiting our state and denying one of our citizens access to their medication because you got five people that came in with medical marijuana cards, and they bought up the entire whatever they needed,” Fletcher said.

Las Vegas is also drafting rules concerning who may obtain a dispensary license. In the first draft, applicants cannot have been convicted of a crime or be linked to operating a dispensary without a permit.

“What we have tried to do in our regulations is to mirror, as much as we can, those state regulations,” said Karen Duddlesten, business licensing manager for the city of Las Vegas.

City leaders said the process is complicated and the list of potential regulations long, but safety is their focus.

“I think we’re the first local government entity to put licensing regulations out there so they can see what we’re expecting at the local level from this business and this industry,” Duddlesten said.

A second workshop is scheduled for April 1. A location has yet to be determined.

Following that, the city will hold a town hall meeting on April 22 for public comment on dispensaries.

The city is also welcoming public input online. You may leave your comments here.

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