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August 20, 2014

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Board says doctors at ‘own peril’ in medical marijuana business

CARSON CITY — The state Board of Medical Examiners has advised doctors that they are “at their own peril” in becoming an owner or an officer in Nevada’s emerging medical marijuana business.

The board voted unanimously today to issue an advisory opinion that it is a violation of federal law to be involved in marijuana operations. If convicted of a federal offense, doctors could face disciplinary action by the board.

In a prepared statement, the board advised licensees to seek their own legal counsel regarding any questions about involvement in a marijuana dispensary or related business.

Other regulators and oversight bodies also have weighed in on medical marijuana.

The Nevada Supreme Court last month decided to allow lawyers to advise their clients on the medical marijuana law without facing sanctions. But it requires attorneys to tell inform their clients on the federal law regarding marijuana.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board, meanwhile, advised those involved with casinos not to get involved in the marijuana business.

Clark County today approved 18 business for permits to operate marijuana dispensaries

The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, meanwhile, will start accepting applications on Aug. 5 for required state licenses for dispensaries, cultivation and related facilities. The deadline for applying is Aug. 18.

The agency has 90 days to process the applications before awarding licenses.

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