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.

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Nevada Governor Signs Hemp Research Bill Into law

Sprouting hemp plants.
Sprouting hemp plants.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed into law legislation that allows hemp to be cultivated for research purposes.

Senate Bill 305, introduced by Senator Tick Segerblom and passed by the state’s legislature with a unanimous vote, allows universities in the state, as well as the state’s Department of Agriculture, to grow and produce hemp for the purposes of researching the plant, with hemp being defined as having no more than 0.3% THC.

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Initiative Signature Drive to Legalize Cannabis in Nevada Begins Today

Today the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol launched a signature drive for a new initiative to legalize nevadaflagrecreational cannabis in the State of Nevada.

State Senator Tick Segerblom and former Republican Senate Caucus Executive Director Joe Brezny were the first to sign the petition, during a press conference in Senator Segerblom’s office.

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