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Medical Marijuana business applicants include best-known names in Vegas

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Updated: 5/06/2014 7:17 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- There is a long list of local power players hoping to get first crack at opening a medical marijuana business in unincorporated Clark County.

News 3 has seen the long list of political power brokers, doctors and high profile executives looking to be a part of the state's budding cannabis industry.

Key players in partnerships seeking licenses to operate 10 marijuana dispensaries within unincorporated Clark County include some of the best-known names in the Las Vegas Valley, with local roots that reach back generations, according to information released today by Clark County officials.

They include lawyers, doctors, restaurant and casino operators.

Some of the applicants are:

  • Retail center developer Hank Gordon, chairman of Las Vegas-based Laurich Properties, the largest developer of retail centers in Southern Nevada.

  • Newspaper and magazine publisher Brian Greenspun and his sister, Jeanne Greenspun Gale, who belong to groups with competing applications.

  • The investment trusts of “M” Resort Developers Anthony Marnell III and II. The elder Marnell built and operated the Rio hotel-casino before selling it to Caesars Entertainment, and his construction company poured concrete for some of the biggest Strip megaresorts.

  • Restaurateur and nightclub operator Michael Morton, whose N9NE Group joined with the Maloof family to operate several popular restaurants and nightclubs at The Palms. Morton and his wife, Jenna, operate La Comida, a recently opened Mexican restaurant along East Fremont Street.

  • A state law approved last year allows for the development of as many as 40 medical marijuana business facilities in Clark County for the cultivation, production, sale and testing of marijuana. The cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson are conducting their own licensing and review process for facilities within their borders.

    Overall, there were 64 applications to operate cultivation facilities in the portions of the county that sit outside of city limits, 81 for dispensaries, 42 to produce marijuana, and none to operate grow labs.

    Clark County generated $935,000 toward its general fund budget from $5,000 fees for each application.


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