LAS VEGAS - State regulators have selected another bunch of applicants to receive dispensary licenses. And just like the first time in 2014, there's controversy -- just not for the same reasons.
By this time next year, the number of marijuana dispensaries in the Silver State could roughly double.
"We filled out applications and it's very, very thorough," said Brenda Gunsallus, co-owner, Sahara Wellness.
Gunsallus received one of 61 provisional licenses to open a new dispensary.
"I think this industry has come a long way and I feel like we all have, the Dept. of Taxation, the city, all have really joined together to make this industry something we can all be proud of," Gunsallus said.
Sahara Wellness was one of the first dispensaries to open its doors in Clark County, nearly three years ago.
Euphoria Wellness was the first dispensary to open in Clark County and the second statewide back in 2015.
Their applications for more licenses were denied. The same is true for newcomer Planet 13 and it's sister dispensary Medizin.
There's no answer to that right now because the state isn't releasing a list of who received provisional licenses nor how applicants fared in the scoring process.
"This is a government license, and the public, as well as any competitors, have a right to know how this went down," said State Sen. Tick Segerblom, (D) Clark County.
Attorney and outgoing state Senator Tick Segerblom, who's heading to a seat on the Clark County Commission, is the lawmaker who's been behind the rise of the Silver State's cannabis industry.
He says privacy regulations were intended to protect sensitive information.
"We wanted to make sure that the financial information, your tax returns and stuff like that, was confidential, but we never intended to keep the name of the owner, the corporation, and the people who own it confidential," he said.
Segerblom says at the very least he will push for public disclosure of applicants and their scores at the local licensing level.
A spokesperson for the state Department of Taxation says some preliminary information about the licensees is in the works.
8 News Now has filed a public records request to gather more information about the provisional licenses that the department has issued thus far.
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