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Judge, casino moguls among those seeking marijuana business licenses

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Steve Marcus

Retiring District Court Judge James Bixler, shown during a sentencing Tuesday, April 22, 2014, is among hundreds of people looking to get into Nevada’s emerging medical marijuana industry.

Updated Monday, May 5, 2014 | 8:30 p.m.

Medical Marijuana

James Parsons, president of Medical Cannabis Consultants of Nevada, poses at the business Monday, October 25, 2010. Parsons was one of several Las Vegans who was targeted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Metro Police in a crackdown Sept. 8 on individuals who grow marijuana for medicinal purposes. Parsons is legally registered with the state to harvest marijuana for medicinal purposes but his business and Summerlin home were raided. To this day he has still not been charged. Launch slideshow »

Clark County revealed today the names of hundreds of people looking to get into the region’s budding medical marijuana industry. The list of applicants includes doctors, lawyers, real estate brokers, political power players and gaming moguls.

Included among the applicants are:

• Retiring District Judge James Bixler, who owns a 25 percent stake in Greenleaf Dispensaries, which is seeking two licenses.

• Former Henderson Mayor Robert Groesbeck, who is listed as a manager for MM Development Co., which is seeking dispensary, cultivation and production facility licenses. Former Henderson City Councilman Larry Scheffler is also listed as a manager in the company.

• Dr. Nick Spirtos, medical director of the Women’s Cancer Center of Nevada, is leading a group of several doctors seeking dispensary, cultivation and production licenses for the company Nevada Medical Marijuana Dispensary Inc.

• Political power broker Sig Rogich owns a 5 percent share of Deep Roots Medical LLC, which applied for three dispensary licenses, through his company Blakely Island Holdings LLC

• Restaurateurs Jenna and Michael Morton, who operate restaurants on the Strip and downtown, own a 5 percent share of Acres Cultivation LLC.

• M Resort President Anthony Marnell III, who owns a 71 percent stake of Clear River LLC, which has applied for cultivation and production facility licenses.

• Las Vegas Sun Publisher and Editor Brian Greenspun is part of a group seeking dispensary, cultivation and production facility licenses.

The county required applicants to submit disclosure forms last week listing the owners of every business seeking a medical marijuana license.

The list of applicants released today comprises mostly Nevadans, but also includes heavy representation from California, Colorado, Arizona and Washington.

The county commission will review and vote on applications during a June 5 public meeting.

The county received applications for 64 cultivation facilities, 81 dispensaries and 42 production facilities, according to revised figures released today.

Businesses can apply for one of four types of licenses: Cultivation, production, testing and distribution.

Cultivation facilities are where the marijuana will be grown.

Production facilities are where the cannabis is infused into cookies, suckers and other edible goods.

Testing facilities will verify the quality of marijuana, but the county hasn’t received any applications for this type of facility yet.

Dispensaries are the storefronts where patients can purchase marijuana. Dispensary licenses are the most sought after, with only 10 licenses available in unincorporated Clark County and 81 applicants.

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