Few have applied for medical marijuana establishments in Nevada so far

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Updated: 8/11 5:25 pm
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.
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sierra11 - 8/11/2014 10:17 PM
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"Happy to be part of the process"? Oh hell ya! 22 applicants just made them $660,000 dollars. They hope and pray for 500 so the projected $15,000,000 million dollars can be made! And your not even guaranteed a license. Our State Officials just became drug dealers, even Harry Reid likes it because I'm sure he is running to open another LLC with his name hid in there somewhere. I'll bet the people that actually need THC for treatment will have a harder time getting this than those with a liberal doctor! This is a joke, now it's only half illegal. The fallout from this will be unrepairable, just give it some time.

medicalguy420 - 8/11/2014 6:23 PM
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So.. I just want to start off saying that I'm glad to see Nevada is in the process of getting dispensarys in order. However, I think I can answer the question: Is the application process a little extreme in Nevada? Who has printed out an application to see what it entails? Well I have. It requires a quarter million dollars in liquid asset per business you want to own. How do you expect the medical growers in Nevada, that have been growing for years for personal use, to apply? Unless they were doing it illegally for profit already. So, there are 22 applications that have been turned in? How many of those are out of state businesses that don't really care about Nevada just the green rush that is taking part? I would think Nevada itself would be allowing Nevada's own medical marijuana entrepreneur's to apply. To me, it's as if it has been set only for the rich and the out of state dispensary's to apply for these applications.
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