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November 25, 2014

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Las Vegas sees slow start to medical marijuana applications

After three days, just one group has applied to do business with Las Vegas in its newly formed medical marijuana industry.

The city opened the application process Tuesday and will end it July 23. The city plans to eventually approve 12 dispensary licenses. The number of cultivation and growing facilities will only be limited by zoning and other permitting limitations.

The first application came from Samantha’s Remedies at 3500 W. Sahara Ave. for a marijuana dispensary. The company is owned by Erminia and Bill Drobkin. City officials have said they expected few applications in the first week and anticipate more coming in as the deadline nears.

“They’re coming,” said city Councilman Bob Beers. “I’ve had probably nine dispensary owners sit down with me, introduce themselves and explain how they would work.”

Beers noted that already there are some online entities offering medical marijuana -- with verification of a drivers license and medical marijuana card -- for $440 an ounce.

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