Notables apply for county medical marijuana permits

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Commission couldn't have asked for a more varied group of applicants than the 97 companies in the running for a county medical marijuana establishment permit.

The roster of applicants include a sitting judge, former state legislators, a former mayor, a current mayor's son, a pro football Hall of Famer, gaming and nightclub executives, a newspaper publisher, major developers and children of prominent area businessmen. There are also plenty of anesthesiologists, OB/GYNs, tavern and restaurant owners and medical marijuana entrepreneurs from Arizona, California, Colorado and Washington.

Here is a sampling of those applicants, with mention of those who are applying for either a dispensary, cultivation or production operation:

3480 Hacienda Partners LLC (production) -- Jerry Velarde, manager. He is owner and CEO of Paragon Heathcare, which operates comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities in Nevada. Its specialties include pulmonary rehabilitation and physical therapy.

3AP Inc. (cultivation) -- Alex Amelburu, treasurer, has served as president of the nonprofit Las Vegas Bulldogs Youth Baseball Inc.

ABD Holdings Inc. (cultivation) -- Las Vegas officers include president/director Donald Giebler and secretary/treasurer Robert Barra.

Acres Cultivation LLC -- Two of its managers, Jenna and Michael Morton, own the Crush restaurant at MGM Grand, the La Cave restaurant at the Wynn resort and the La Comida restaurant downtown. A Linkedin page refers to another manager, Paris Balaouras, as a tobacco professional.

All Greens Inc. (dispensary) -- Sergey Sergeyevsky, president, is an executive with the MVP Trans trucking company in Las Vegas.

Alternative Medicine Association LC (cultivation) -- A managing member, E. Mark Zobrist, is a Las Vegas attorney.

Auto-Grow Cultivators LLC -- Managing member Harold Goldsmith owns Automated Fertilizing Systems Inc. in Henderson.

BBMC LLC and Naturx LLC (cultivation and production) -- Michael, Gary and Robert Frey, all managing members, are the stepchildren of Las Vegas developer Irwin Molasky. Robert Frey helped open the Pure nightclub at Caesars Palace.

BEM Wellness LLC (dispensary) -- The manager is Michael Bzdak of Chatsworth, Calif.

Camelot NV LLC (dispensary) -- Azam Hakim, manager, is the president and CEO of LV Diagnostics, a Las Vegas company that handles billing and collection of urine specimens from area physicians for drug screening purposes. Camelot owners include Las Vegas surgeon Dr. Jaswinder Grover of the Nevada Spine Institute and Las Vegas anesthesiologist Dr. Babuk Ghuman.

Castle Group (dispensary and cultivation) -- The company president is Sarkis Furnchyan of Las Vegas.

CCLV Manufacturing Center LLC and Sagebrush Wellness LLC (cultivation and dispensary) -- One manager, Scott Godino, is an owner of the Born and Raised sports bar and restaurant in Las Vegas.

Clear River LLC (production, cultivation and dispensary) -- Manager Anthony Marnell III is president of the M Resort and a majority owner of Clear River. Tony Marnell, his father and a developer of major Strip resorts, holds a minority share.

CWNevada LLC (production, cultivation and dispensary) -- One manager, Brian C. Padgett, is a Las Vegas attorney specializing in condemnation cases. Another manager, Timothy Smits Van Oyen, is a real estate agent. A minority owner is Hank Gordon, a retail developer with Laurich Properties.

Deep Roots Medical LLC (dispensary) -- Manager Branan Allison runs Source One Events, a Henderson equipment rental and event planning company for the entertainment industry. Manager Gary Primm is a casino developer who developed the Primadonna resort and and helped develop the New York New York resort. Another manager is Roger Primm, who is related to Gary and was a fellow co-owner of Primadonna Resorts. The registered agent is Las Vegas attorney Lori Rogich, wife of power broker Sig Rogich. Sig Rogich claims a 5 percent share of Deep Roots through another company, Blakely Island Holdings LLC.

Desert Inn Enterprises Inc. (dispensary) -- The registered agent is Las Vegas dentist Endalkachew Mersha.

Diversified Analgesics Management LTD and Diversified Modalities Marketing LTD (dispensary and cultivation) -- Managers Dr. David Snipper and Dr. Vu Luu are both Las Vegas anesthesiologists.

Doctors Dispensary LLC (dispensary, cultivation production) -- Managing members include Las Vegas hematologist Dr. Oscar Goodman Jr., son of current Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and former Mayor Oscar Goodman. Other managing members include Dr. Michael Resnick, a Las Vegas dermatologist, former Planet Hollywood Resort president William Feather and Las Vegas attorney Raffi Nahabedian.

Empowered Products Inc. -- President Scott Fraser formed the company, which sells what it terms sexual wellness products.

Euphoria Wellness LLC (dispensary, cultivation and production) -- Bonnie Chu of Las Vegas is the manager.

Evergreen Health and Wellness LLC (dispensary) -- Managing members include internal medicine specialist Dr. Diptir Shah and neurologist Russell Shah.

Fidelis Holdings LLC (cultivation and dispensary) -- One managing member is former Republican Assemblyman Chad Christensen.

Fire Red LLC (production and cultivation) -- The managing members are Lok Kam of Las Vegas and Kit Tsang of San Mateo, Calif.

G Five Medical Consultants LLC (cultivation) -- Larry Smith of Carson City is the managing member.

G3 Labs LLC -- The registered agent is Henderson certified public accountant William Whalen.

GB Sciences Nevada LLC (dispensary and cultivation) -- One manager, Craig Ellins, is CEO of GrowBLOX Sciences Inc., which developed an agricultural chamber intended to provide a consistent environment for the growth of marijuana plants.

Global Harmony LLC (dispensary and cultivation) -- One managing member, Jonathan Ogden of Henderson, was a former player for the National Football League's Baltimore Ravens and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His wife Kema is also a managing member.

Gravitas Nevada Ltd. (dispensary, cultivation and production) -- One managing member, Rich Abajian, is general manager of Findlay Toyota and chief operating officer of the Findlay Automotive Group. Another managing member is David Kallas, Findlay Toyota's director of government affairs and labor relations and former executive director of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association.

Green Flamingo Inc. (dispensary) -- One director is Dr. Larry Edwards, a Las Vegas OB/GYN.

Green Leaf Growers LLC, Green Leaf Medables LLC and MedZen of NV LLC (cultivation, production and dispensary) -- Company secretary Kevin Knisely runs GK3 Architecture in Las Vegas.

Green Life Dispensary Inc. (dispensary, production and cultivation) -- Las Vegas officers include president Robert Allen, director Allen Cooper and secretary/treasurer Sharlene Lewis McGinnis.

Green Releaf (dispensary) -- One manager, David Starrett, is controller at the Sapphire gentlemen's club in Las Vegas.

Green Therapeutics (cultivation and production) -- Managers include Amy Fu, Druce Fu and Duke Fu, all of Las Vegas.

Greenleaf Dispensaries Inc. and Southern Nevada Growers Inc. (dispensary and cultivation) -- President James M. Bixler is a Clark County District Court judge. A director is Las Vegas attorney Robert Walsh.

Greenmart of Nevada LLC (cultivation and dispensary) -- Manager Joel Laub of Las Vegas runs a real estate company.

Greenway Medical LLC (cultivation and dispensary) -- One manager, Corey Buffkin of Colorado, has operated the medical marijuana dispensary Mile High Green Cross in Denver.

Helping Hands Wellness Center Inc. (dispensary, cultivation and production) -- President Alyssa Navallo-Herman of Las Vegas is a paralegal who helped develop the paralegal studies program at UNLV.

Integral Associates LLC (cultivation, production and dispensary) -- One manager, Armen Yemenidjian, is vice president of casino operations at the Tropicana resort. Another manager is Camille Ruvo, co-founder of the Keep Memory Alive nonprofit organization that supports the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health downtown. She is the wife of Southern Wines and Spirits partner Larry Ruvo.

Inyo Fine Cannabis Dispensary LLC, Sweet Goldy LLC and Sweet Goldy Production LLC (dispensary, cultivation and production) -- One managing member, Greta Carter of Seattle, is founder of the Cannabis Training Institute and executive director of the Care Wellness Center in Seattle, which performs medical marijuana authorizations. Another managing member is legislative lobbyist and former Democratic Assemblyman David Goldwater.

IWNV Manufacutring LLC, IWNV Production LLC and IWNV Retail LLC (cultivation, dispensary and production) -- Henderson resident Brian Greenspun, part of the family that publishes the Las Vegas Sun, holds a 25 percent interest in these companies.

Just Quality LLC (dispensary) -- Henderson Realtor Ronald Memo is a manager.

La Casa Verde Operating LLC (dispensary) -- The managing member is Dr. Florence Jameson of Boulder City, an OB/GYN. The ownership group includes Las Vegas attorney Edward Bernstein and Jane Greenspun Gale, part of the family that publishes the Las Vegas Sun.

Las Vegas Natural Caregivers LLC (dispensary and cultivation) -- Managing members Howard Starr of Henderson and Michael Starr of Canyon Country, Calif., are co-owners of the Numb bar and frozen cocktail lounges at Caesars Palace and Harrah's casino and Chill'm at the Tropicana.

Las Vegas Wellness and Compassion Center LLC (cultivation, production and dispensary) -- One manager, George Marnell of Las Vegas, owns Marnell Masonry.

Las Vegas Wellness Center Inc. (dispensary) -- President Rigoberto Gonzalez and director Javier Barajas are partners in the Lindo Michoacan La Loma restaurant in Henderson, and Barajas also owns the Lindo Michoacan restaurants on Desert Inn and West Flamingo roads.

LivFree Wellness LLC (cultivation, production and dispensary) -- Las Vegas attorney Scott Bogatz is the company's registered agent and his law firm shares the same address as the company manager.

LVMC LLC (dispensary, cultivation and production) -- Las Vegas attorney Neal Tomlinson is the managing member. Owners include Mark James, who formerly served as both a state senator and Clark County commissioner.

Meadows Collective Inc. LLC -- Gary Petrosyan of Las Vegas is the managing member.

Medical Marijuana of Las Vegas Inc. and Nevada Medical Marijuana Dispensary Inc. (cultivation, production and dispensary) -- The company president is Dr. Nicola Spirtos, a Las Vegas OB/GYN. Dr. Geoffrey Hsieh, another Las Vegas OB/GYN, is company secretary. Las Vegas directors include Dr. Sean Dempsey, an anesthesiologist, Dr. Rachakonda Prabhu, an internal medicine specialist, and Dr. Nicholas Thanos, a gynecologist.

MediFarm LLC (production, cultivation and dispensary) -- Manager Derek Peterson of Irvine, Calif., is president and CEO of Terra Tech, an agricultural research and indoor cultivation company with a subsidiary, GrowOp Technology Ltd., which serves the medical marijuana industry.

Miracle Meds Inc. (dispensary) -- Willie Abdallah of Henderson is the registered agent.

MissLee LLC (cultivation) -- Managing member Charlotte Besuden is a past president of the Assistance League of Las Vegas.

MM Development Company LLC (dispensary, cultivation and production) -- Manager Frank Spady, who founded the Canada Nevada Business Council, is on the board of the National Veterans Foundation and co-hosts a weekly radio show in Las Vegas. Other managers are former Henderson Mayor Robert Groesbeck and former Henderson City Councilman Larry Scheffler.

MMG Nevada LLC (dispensary) -- Managing member Andrew Gennuso is a promotions manager for Angel Management Group, a Las Vegas entertainment and nightlife company.

My Life Enterprises LLC (dispensary) -- Neal Bartoletta of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., is the managing member.

Naturx LLC (dispensary) -- Michael, Gary and Robert Frey of Las Vegas are the managing members.

Nevada Alternative Medicine Inc. -- Las Vegas attorney Warren Markowitz is the company's secretary and treasurer.

Nevada First Suns LLC (cultivation, production and dispensary) -- Manager Renaldo Tiberti, a member of the family that runs J.A. Tiberti Construction, is a Las Vegas developer who also owns the Putter's Bar & Grill taverns.

Nevada Holistic Medicine LLC (dispensary and cultivation) -- The company is managed by the Nevada Holistic Medicine Trust, which shares the same Las Vegas address as Rothwell Gornt Homes. The ownership group includes Richard Perkins, a former Assembly speaker and Henderson police chief, Otto Merida, president and CEO of the Latin Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas, and Scott Sibley, another former assemblyman.   

Nevada Medical Group (dispensary, cultivation and production) -- Robert Hasman of Las Vegas is the manager.

Nevada Organic Remedies LLC (production and dispensary) -- Managers Stephen Byrne and Andrew Jolley of Las Vegas are real estate investors and partners in EquiSource, which focuses on distressed properties.

New Point Industries Inc. (cultivation) -- Las Vegas officers include president/director Karla Severson, treasurer/director Shelby Howard and secretary/director Thomas Candella.

NuLeaf Clark Dispensary LLC (dispensary) -- It is managed by a company whose officers include Ben Sabouri, co-owner of the MTO Cafe downtown, Sean Luse and Timothy Schick, who have served as executives with the Berkeley Patients Group medical marijuana dispensary in Berkeley, Calif. NuLeaf owners include legislative lobbyist John Sande III of Reno.

NV 3480 Partners LLC (cultivation) -- Brad Esposito of Las Vegas is manager.

Polaris Wellness Center LLC (dispensary, cultivation and production) -- The Las Vegas managers are Peter Ishak, Lee McCue and James Switzer Jr.

Premium Produce LLC (production and cultivation) -- Managers include Dr. Sharon Poon, a Las Vegas anesthesiologist, Los Angeles attorney Stephen Silverman, and Priscilla Vilchis, president of a hospital billing and collections company in southern California.

QualCan LLC (dispensary, production and cultivation) -- One manager, Lorenzo Barracco, has served as manager of the Dal Toro Exotic Car Showroom, Dal Toro Merchandise Gallery and Dal Toro II Ristorante Italiano in the Palazzo resort. Another manager is Las Vegas bankruptcy attorney Anthony DeLuca.

Redwood Warehouse LLC (cultivation) -- Company manager is Harris Rittoff, a Las Vegas developer. The company would use property owned by Floyd Meldrum, former owner of Southern Nevada Paving.

Rombough Real Estate Inc. (cultivation and dispensary) -- Company president Craig Rombough and wife Irene, a director, have run RE/MAX EXTREME real estate brokerage offices in Las Vegas and Pahrump. Another director, Greg Nelsen, has also been affiliated with RE/MAX.

Silver Leaf Farms LLC (production, cultivation and dispensary) -- Howard Schwartz of Las Vegas is the manager.

Silver Sage Wellness LLC (cultivation and production) -- One manager, Chris Sarret, owns the Hammer & Ales bar in Las Vegas.

Silver State Wellness LLC (dispensary, cultivation and production) -- Managers include Alfred Fasano of Las Vegas and Michael and Michelle Hayford of El Cajon, Calif.

SRJ Healthcare LLC -- Managing members include Ryan Halvorsen of Henderson and Shane Hutto and Jacob Peterson of Las Vegas.

SSCC LLC (dispensary) -- Manager Thomas Santoli is affiliated with Santoli Realty, a Las Vegas real estate brokerage and property management company. Dr. Rudy Manthei of Henderson, who specializes in osteopathic medicine, is a minority owner.

Sugar Garden Confectionary -- Donna Williams of Las Vegas is the registered agent.

TGIG LLC (dispensary, cultivation and production) -- Managers include John Ritter, chairman and CEO of the Focus Property Group in Las Vegas, and Thomas DeVore, president and chief operating officer of Focus. One minority owner is Jonathan Fine, owner of Fine Entertainment Management and a member of the family that publishes the Las Vegas Sun.

The Clinic Nevada C1 LLC, The Clinic Nevada D1 LLC and The Clinic Nevada D2 LLC (production, cultivation and dispensary) -- The law firm Cooper Levenson is the registered agent for these companies.

The Green Collective LLC -- Managing members include Mary and Randolph Day of Henderson and Zering Shukari of Linden, Mich.

The Harvest Foundation LLC (cultivation) -- Donald Burton of Las Vegas is the managing member.

The Joint LLC (dispensary) -- One managing member, Shy Sadis of Mill Creek, Wash., owns The Joint of Seattle, a marijuana dispensary.

The MedMen of Nevada LLC (dispensary, production and cultivation) -- Managing members Adam Bierman and Andrew Modlin of Culver City, Calif., founded The Medman, a southern California consulting agency for the medical marijuana industry. Fellow managing member Kathy Gillespie owns A&B Printing in Las Vegas.

Tryke Companies of SO NV LLC (production, dispensary and cultivation) -- The Las Vegas law firm Gordon Silver is the registered agent.

Twelve Twelve LLC (production and cultivation) -- Brian and William Moore of Las Vegas are the managing members.

Unifern LLC -- Managers include Sean Bedrick of Las Vegas, Ihsan Ullah of Prescott Valley, Ariz., and Mohit Asnani of Tucson, Ariz. Asnani has operated the Downtown Dispensary, a medical marijuana outlet in Tucson.

Vegas Valley Growers LLC (production and cultivation) -- Las Vegas managing members include architect John Burke, Dr. Gobinder Chopra, a neurologist, and Vegas Commercial Real Estate Inc. owner Jerry Horden.

Waveseer of Nevada LLC (cultivation and dispensary) -- The registered agent is The Reid Firm LLC, whose manager is Henderson attorney Key Reid, son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Managers of Waveseer include Democratic political fundraiser David Rosen and healthcare executive Randy Delkus of Chicago.

Wellness & Caregivers of Nevada I LLC (cultivation and dispensary) -- Managers include Jay Heller, principal of Las Vegas developer Heller Companies, and Brad Saunders of Saunders Realty.

Wellness Connection of Nevada LLC (cultivation, production and dispensary) -- Managers include Tom Mikovits, a Las Vegas marketing executive with, Maine ski resort co-owner Rob Lally and Chris NeVan, principal of real estate investor BAJ Capital in Seattle. One minority owner is Las Vegas philanthropist Jody Ghanem, whose late husband, Dr. Elias Ghanem, was a physician for celebrities and chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Wenger LLC (dispensary, cultivation and production) -- Managing member Ralph Wenger owns Showgirl Supplies in Las Vegas.

More Stories

Don't Miss

  • #OurPain
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Turkey-Thon
  • Vegas Strong 5K/1-Mile
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Politics Now
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Connect with 8 News NOW
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Latest News

Video Center