Dispensaries Slowly Opening in Nevada
Nevada legalized medical marijuana in November 2000 when 65 percent of voters approved Ballot Question 9. However, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services didn’t announced regulations for medical marijuana establishments until April 1, 2014, which came at the behest of Senate Bill 374.
Now, nearly 15 years after voters approved medical marijuana, patients in Nevada are finally starting to see dispensaries opening their doors. On Friday, July 31, 2015, Silver State Relief medical marijuana dispensary in Sparks, Nevada, just outside of Reno, became the first dispensary in the state to open its doors to medical marijuana cardholders.
To increase its chances at success, Silver State Relief worked with industry veteran Kayvan Khalatbari of Denver Relief Consulting during its initial development stages. “We have an incredible network of resources for businesses and experience with developing operating procedures,” Khalatbari told the Reno-Gazette Journal.
Harnessing Khalatbari’s expertise, Silver State Relief can focus on cultivation that fits within its medical mission. “It’s very rewarding and emotional just being able to help those in pain,” said Aron Swan, general manager of Silver State Relief, in a statement to the Sparks Tribune.
With the shared goal of helping patients in need, Nevada’s second medical marijuana dispensary opened on Aug. 24 and the anticipation was almost palpable for those involved. “I’ve been waiting for this day for two years and three days,” said Joe LaMarca, co-owner of Euphoria Wellness in Las Vegas.
Two days later, on Aug. 26, Reno welcomed the opening of Sierra Wellness Connection. “I’ve dedicated my life to this because others should have access to safe and affordable medicine that can have a big difference in their lives,” dispensary manager Eva Grossman told the Reno-Gazette Journal.
While these are only the first three dispensaries serving the state of Nevada, more are expected to follow in the coming months. According to the Las Vegas Sun, “At least one more medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas is expected to open within the next month, with several more opening before the end of the year. In total, the valley is expected to have between 40 and 50 dispensaries.”