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A marijuana business may open in your neighborhood

Reported by: Kelsey Thomas
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Updated: 5/30/2014 3:40 am

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Your neighborhood could soon be home to a medical marijuana business.

Next week, county commissioners will decide which applications to send to the state, to be green-lighted to open for business.

People living near potential sites are now receiving cards informing them that a medical marijuana business could be popping up in their neighborhood.

People living in a neighborhood near Desert Inn and Topaz opened their mailboxes recently and found some flyers that asked if they would support a medical marijuana business in their neighborhood.

"This is medicine. This is not recreational use. This is about people getting their medicine in a legal safe way, and I think most of the constituents understand that," said Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani.

Giunchigliani says there are no restrictions on how close dispensaries can be to homes.

Javier Barajas, the owner of Lindo Michocan Mexican Restaurant, has applied to open a dispensary in the building next to his restaurant on Desert Inn. Most people in the area are not concerned about the possibility of living near a marijuana dispensary.

"It doesn’t both me at all. It's an enterprising goal," said neighbor Louis Salerno. "Let them do whatever they want. It's long overdue."

"I don't have a problem with it. It's medical marijuana, so it's not gonna attract a bad crowd or anything like that," said Ernie Barese.

One neighbor, who didn’t want to appear on camera, said she doesn’t want a medical marijuana business to move in.

In Denver, where recreational pot is legal, commissioner Giunchigliani says violent and property crime rates in the city are actually falling.

"What they've actually found is where the dispensaries are, because of the 24-hour security cameras, sensors in some places, those types of things, they've actually had less crime, it's actually helped many centers or shopping areas," she said.



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