Historic day in Nevada: First Legal Medical Cannabis Sales Take Place

Dozens of people line up outside the Silver State Relief medical marijuana dispensary in Sparks, Nevada, to be among the first in the state to legally purchase medical marijuana on Friday, July 31, 2015. (Scott Sonner, The Associated Press)
Dozens of people line up outside the Silver State Relief medical cannabis dispensary in Sparks, Nevada, to be among the first in the state to legally purchase the medicine (Friday, July 31, 2015: Scott Sonner, The Associated Press)

SPARKS, Nev. — Fifteen years after Nevadans voted to legalize it, medical marijuana was sold legally in the state for the first time Friday at a dispensary in a strip mall about 5 miles east of downtown Reno.

Dressed in polo shirts, tie-dyes and button-downs, about 75 people with medical marijuana cards lined up outside Silver State Relief, between a sub shop and pizza place in Sparks, to be among the first to buy as much as a half-ounce of pot for $195.

“It smells good in there,” said Dana Metz, 64, a retired General Motors worker who said he suffers from back pain, insomnia and anxiety. He was the first in line two hours before the doors opened just after 10 a.m.

“Like a kid in a candy store,” Metz said with a smile as he emerged with a package of pre-rolled cigarettes. “It’s great. It’s clean. It’s very professional. Everything is labeled, and the people are knowledgeable and very helpful.”

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