Nevada Governor Signs Legislation Legalizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Nevada’s Governor Brian Sandoval, a Republican, has officially signed Senate Bill 374 into law, legalizing state-licensed medical cannabis dispensaries. For years,marijuana-dbc04668ba596d1d11bbfdcab899d5bdcf6b293a-s6-c30 medical marijuana has been a constitutional right in Nevada,thanks to a voter-approved initiative which was passed in 2000. Despite this, and despite patients being legally allowed to possess and use cannabis, no safe access points have been authorized, leading most patients to rely on the black-market. Senate Bill 374 fixes this by legalizing roughly 60 dispensaries throughout the state which will supply patients with their medicine.

Prior to the governor’s signature, the measure was approved by the state’s Senate with a 17 to 4 vote, and was approved by the state’s Assembly 28 to 14.

Under the proposal, the state’s Health Division will handle regulations, as well as licenses. Patients will be authorized to cultivate their own cannabis at home until 2016, allowing the dispensaries time to get fully established (we obviously wish that the home-growing component was permanent, but it’s better than it could of been).

The approval of this measure is a huge step forward for patients in the state, and a huge victory for medical marijuana safe access.


4 thoughts on “Nevada Governor Signs Legislation Legalizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries”

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  2. It seems that more states are accepting legalization and these states are looking to current legal states for advice on how to regulate the industry. Marijuana packaging is getting more sophisticated and safer and legislation must be introduced in these new states.


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