Nevada To Allow Medical Dispensaries In The State With The New Law
The state of Nevada legalized medical cannabis during the year 2001. However, even after all these years, there has been no effective system in the state, which provided marijuana patients with the drug.
However, things are going to change around with the new law signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval. The new act visualizes an effective method to provide the marijuana patients in the state access to medical weed. All these years, the patients in the state had to grow their own set of pot and that too in small numbers. With the new act, you can gain access to pot if you have a valid marijuana card and that too at reasonable fees. In addition to this, the law contains various prerequisites for growers, processors and users. The law also allows the home grow ups to continue until 2016.
The director of Marijuana Policy Project, Karen O’Keefe says, “This new law will provide patients with the safe and reliable access to medical marijuana that they deserve,” and that “Regulating medical marijuana sales will also generate revenue and take a bite out of the state’s underground marijuana market.” Thirteen states in the country have medical marijuana dispensaries and Nevada joins this list of states. You can get medical weed in nineteen states in the country along with the District of Columbia.
The laws on marijuana in the state of Nevada mainly follow the one in Arizona. The lawmakers did a detailed study of Arizona laws on marijuana before designing the bill for Nevada. As per the new marijuana laws of the state, there will be a three tier taxing on the product, that is, during its farming, processing and selling period. The revenue generated would go to the regulation of dispensaries in the state and any money left in this regard would go for educational purposes.
The group that formulated the new laws included Sen. Tick Sagerblom along with Michele Fiore whose vote became the decisive factor. With the tax proposals in the bill, it required a two third majority to pass and with the active campaign by Sen. Mark Hutchison, the bill passed with a majority of one vote. There was active debate on the bill and during the session, republican leader Pat Hickey pointed out that even though the bill would help to boost the state economy, it could lead to misuses if not properly regulated.
Even with the new laws, the dispensaries that would soon open might face legal prosecutions from the federal authorities.