Businesses cash in on helping you get a medical marijuana card

 LAS VEGAS — Soon businesses across Clark County will be able to sell medical marijuana. As a result, Nevadans are rushing to get their medical marijuana cards — which is bringing an influx of new businesses eagerly hoping to help people sign-up, but for a price.

You can fill out the application entirely on your own. But like almost anything these days, you can also pay someone to do it for you. The difference here: it'll likely end up costing you hundreds of dollars more.

People like Joseph, who asked we don't use his last name, who say they suffer from constant, chronic pain. "It's gotten worse over the years," he said. "I've tried marijuana and it's been very helpful for me."

He's now attempting to sign-up for a Nevada medical marijuana card but is worried about completing the process himself.

"If you don't do it right, then you get rejected, and then you have to do the whole process again," he says. 

Rather than have that happen, he decided to register through Get Legal 420. He's also using the company's doctor to get a medical marijuana card. The company helps people with the state application process and directs their money to Nevada's health office, the agency that's doling out the cards.

"It can be done all in one step as a one-stop shop," said Get Legal 420 owner Sara Cloutier. That cost? About $300 — three times the amount it costs for you to do it yourself.

"A lot of people hire people to do things that they can do themselves. It's just easier for time reasons," Cloutier says.

Advocates say companies like Cloutier's are opening around the valley, due to the thousands of patients vying for the coveted card.

"There are a lot of people that are jumping on the bandwagon trying to get people their medical pot cards," said Jennifer Solas of W.E.C.A.N. While she says these companies can be helpful, she maintains they're not necessary to obtain a medical marijuana card. 

"I believe in doing stuff yourself and it's also less expensive. I think a person's best advocate is themselves," said Solas.

Get Legal 420 argues they're providing a needed service and their fee eliminates the hassle of applying for a card yourself. 

If you're interested in signing up or learning more, visit the state's website.


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