Reaction To Medical Marijuana Bill Signed Into Law

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Updated: 6/13/2013 5:17 pm

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.

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PapaKush - 6/13/2013 11:52 PM
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LMAO! Well Dallas Foster I've been smoking marijuana for 40+ years. And I can tell you this that there are a hell of a lot more people out there that use alcohol that aren't the best members of society then use marijuana. Look at the FBI static's on crime and alcohol use. Then compare it with marijuana. I rest my case.

Speed - 6/13/2013 7:34 PM
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jd; Couldn't agree more. The whole campaign preaching "Marijuana is a Gateway drug" has been bogus from the start. Addiction comes from within. People who are inclined towards drug addiction can be addicted to almost anything. MOST people are Non-addictive personalities and don't have much of a problem with stopping or regulating their use of anything they happen to enjoy. I'm glad this is finally getting worked out. Pot helped my Dad cope with the pain and nausea of his last few months of inoperable lung cancer. It really angers me that good people had to become criminals to help him live a few more months without the misery he feared would be his lot.

jd111358 - 6/13/2013 6:54 PM
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any idea how long before dispensaries are up and running? Will the bill allow for easier access to a "card"? Or do you have to go to Carson City? It would be nice to see what the process will be for the patients. Thank You. Im actually shocked the Gov signed. Im usually not in agreement with him.....immigration etc...........I was sure it wouldn't sign this. I was wrong. It is the right thing to do for the ill.
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