Clark County approves provisional recreational pot regulations

LAS VEGAS - In just over three weeks, on July 1, recreational pot will be sold legally in Nevada.  Clark County Commissioners approved changes to existing medical marijuana regulations Tuesday, and it paved the way for retail sales.

However, medical marijuana patients are concerned about the roll out plan because Medical marijuana dispensaries will be the only businesses allowed to sell pot for recreational use. 

According to recommendations from an advisory panel, rolling out recreational sales is based on the existing framework for medical marijuana.  However, before they approved the changes, the impact the sales will have on patients using marijuana for medical purposes proved to be a problem for county leaders.

One of the issues discussed was having a private room for consultations, although it was not required when medical facilities first opened.  And when it comes to the product, there are concerns over the selection of strains that specifically treat patients.

"We cannot have patients having a substandard product; that's something you also heard the commissioners bring up," said Raymond Fletcher, a medical marijuana cardholder.  "How are you gonna have this strain for this person, for this ailment versus 'Hey, I like the way that sounds.  I want to try it.' So is it going to end where the patients lose access to their medication, and the individual is gaining access to getting high?"

The modified regulations are temporary.  Just a few weeks ago the Nevada Department of Taxation released provisional rules as they continue working on permanent ones.

As of January 1, 2017, possessing up to an ounce of pot is legal under state law.  However, there's work that still has to be done.

Businesses applying for a provisional license will have to make changes to their facilities to begin selling recreational pot.

 


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