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September 19, 2017

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Committee sends bill for medical marijuana clinics to Nevada Senate


Andrew Doughman

Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore inspects the product and learns about the different uses for and varieties of marijuana during a trip to a dispensary in Arizona on Friday, March 22, 2013.

CARSON CITY — A plan to create a network of medical marijuana clinics — with the owners paying hefty licensing fees — was approved by the Nevada Senate Finance Committee today.

The bill, SB 374, would limit the number of dispensaries to one for every ten pharmacies in a county. But it sets a maximum of 40 dispensaries in Clark County; ten in Washoe County; two in Carson City and one each in the remaining counties.

A person who applies for a state license to operate a marijuana clinic must have $150,000 in liquid assets and pay $20,000 for an initial license and $5,000 for an annual renewal.

The bill would require an up-front $5,000 fee to cover processing and background checks by the state Health Division.

The bill, which now goes to the floor of the Senate, would require the clinics to impose a $10 fee on each prescription transaction, with the money collected going to the state.

Those involved in the ownership or working in the facilities would be required to undergo a background check and would not be eligible if convicted of a prior felony. Those selling the marijuana also would be barred from working if behind in court-ordered child support.

There is also a license fee for those who would grow medical marijuana and produce edible marijuana products.

The initial cultivation license would cost $3,000, plus a $1,000-a-year renewal fee. The fee for a facility that produces edible marijuana would be $2,000 with a $750 annual renewal fee.

Dispensaries could not be located within 1,000 feet of a public school.

Those with a prescription for marijuana from a doctor would not be allowed to consume the drug on the premises of the clinic.

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