Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | 9:30 p.m.
North Las Vegas is joining the medical marijuana game after its city council signaled Wednesday it would welcome dispensaries and grow facilities within its borders.
The council directed staff during a special city council meeting to draft zoning regulations for medical marijuana businesses. The new rules are scheduled to be presented to the council on June 4 and then voted on two weeks later.
North Las Vegas is the latest local municipality to open up to medical marijuana businesses. Clark County has already passed new regulations and collected applications for medical marijuana business licenses. The Las Vegas city council is expected to vote on its own regulations later this month.
Although medical marijuana has been legal in Nevada for more than a decade, no system for distributing the drug to patients was established until last year.
Councilwoman Anita Wood said most of the residents she’s spoken to in her district are supportive of allowing medical marijuana dispensaries and grow facilities in the city.
“To not offer a medication to residents who desperately in many instances need it — I think would be, really, a travesty,” she said.