LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Hundreds of people are expected to apply for medical marijuana business licenses in Clark County, but with the deadline inching closer, the county has yet to receive a single application.
The next phase of the process starts April 16.
"It is crunch time and it's very chaotic," said attorney Al Marquis.
With the application deadline only one week away, Marquis is scrambling to get documents in order for his clients who are applying for medical marijuana businesses in Clark County.
"There's a lot of people out there that haven’t even started and they're not going to have a chance to finish, but even the people that started right away because of the amount of work involved and the complications, and that sort of thing, everybody is going to have a tough time I think meeting this deadline,” Marquis said.
The application process is long and complicated, which is why Marquis says he isn’t surprised no one has applied yet.
“We've had so little time to get this together; it was just a few weeks ago that the county came out with their requirements,” Marquis said. “I'm pretty sure no one's applied yet because no one’s completed their applications.”
The first step in the process is submitting this preliminary review form. In it, the county is looking for information about all aspects of proposed medical marijuana businesses including a list of partners or investors, financial information, background checks and potential locations.
Once those forms are submitted, the application for a land-use permit must be filed, which will ensure all zoning requirements are met.
“What they really want to do is take drug dealing out of the hands of the criminals, put it in the hands of legitimate businessmen, and make sure that patients in Nevada can get a quality product,” Marquis said.
The county expects a flood of applications to be submitted just before next week’s deadline.
The deadline to submit a preliminary review form is April 22. Applicants will have until May 2 to apply for a special use permit.