Las Vegas Sun

September 21, 2019

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Court rejects challenge to medical marijuana registration

CARSON CITY — The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld the registration process for enrollees in the state’s medical marijuana program.

The court Tuesday rejected a lawsuit filed by an unnamed person in Las Vegas who argued he was entitled to obtain medical marijuana without filing his name to get a required registry card.

The man, who filed the suit in behalf of other medical marijuana users, complained that filing his name opened him to criminal prosecution by the federal government, which still holds marijuana is illegal.

The court also upheld the fees charged obtain a medical marijuana card. “We hold that the Legislature could reasonably believe the imposition of registration fees would assist the state in operating and maintaining the registry,” the ruling said.

The lawsuit alleged the state unjustly enriched itself by charging the registration fee before there were licensed dispensaries in Southern Nevada. The state initially charged $100 for an application fee and $25 for the registry fee.