RENO, NEV. (KRNV & MyNews4.com)--Those for and against medical marijuana dispensaries are speaking out after Governor Brian Sandoval signs the bill making them legal into law.
Dudley Budley, a local medical marijuana patient is happy with the bill's outcome.
"The marijuana will help out in your pain relief," says Budley.
Budley has been through a lot, he's broken his neck twice, and had nine broken vertebrae in his back. He says the neck injuries have caused him to get severe migraines, and he's tried it all, but says nothing has relieved the pain except medical marijuana.
"If I catch the migraine coming on, I can smoke a joint and make it feel better, make all the nerves in my neck feel better," says Budley.
The bills sponsor, Senator Tick Segerblom from District 3, says it's patients like Budley who inspired him to work so hard to get this bill passed in both houses and ultimately signed into law.
"They say that this actually is very helpful, it gets people off of really strong narcotic drugs, so it's a very positive thing in my opinion," says Sen. Segerblom.
Senator Segerblom says it's been twelve years in the making.
"In Washoe County, there will be up to ten licenses available, and 40 here in Las Vegas. Realistically, there will be one or two to start with and they'll gradually increase," says Sen. Segerblom.
Not everyone supports the new law.
"I found that even some medicinal drugs and non medicinal drugs are harmful more than they are good," says Rocky Fyke.Others agree.
"I'm against it, and the reason I am, is because I know a couple of people who have been on it and they aren't the best members of society," says Dallas Foster.
Budley says there is a common misconception with marijuana used for medical reasons vs recreational reasons.
"People who talk about marijuana, they should educate themselves first, then they would see how good of a drug basically from mother nature, an amazing plant that it is," says Budley.
Senator Segerblom wants to remind Nevadans this is not legalized marijuana
"We will make sure people don't get in and buy this and sale it on the street to your children this is going to be very tightly regulated," says Sen. Segerblom.
Governor Sandoval declined to comment on the bill's signing.