CARSON CITY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV)-- Last week people began applying for medical marijuana establishments in Nevada. State officials are expecting hundreds of applications, but so far only 22 people have applied. “We're happy to be part of the process and we're really making a lot of progress now,” said Medical Marijuana Bureau Chief Chad Westom.
The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health is halfway through their 10-day application period. And although there hasn't been a lot of candidates so far, officials said they still expect up to 500 applications by next Monday. "We are anticipating a whole lot more at the end of this week and probably on Monday, the last day, but we've been able to test our systems and we're able to process them quickly and have the staff and systems to do so."
Westom said by the end of the application period, the department expects hundreds of bids for dispensaries and cultivation, processing and testing facilities. He said so far, hopefuls have applied for all four categories. “The applications will be scored, then the applicants will be ranked so it makes sense that they would be taking extra days to make their applications as complete as possible."
And Westom said if you wait until the last minute to apply, the process may take longer. He said they expect to busy this week. “The longer they wait, the lines could get a little longer, so if they have the opportunity to submit earlier and not have to wait in line."
And Westom said the department is happy to be part of getting the 66 dispensaries in Nevada. “We're excited about this process and the reviewing of the applications and we are happy to be part of getting medical marijuana to patients who need it.”
So if you're a potential business owner hoping to be part of the industry, you only have 5 more days to apply. You can apply in person or mail your application through August 18th.