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Vegas committee crafting medical marijuana regulations

Reported by: Kelsey Thomas
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Updated: 6/04/2014 11:40 am

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- If the city of Las Vegas has its way, southern Nevada could become a hub for medical marijuana research.

That's the bottom line from a committee crafting the cities way forward on medical marijuana.

Using a percentage of medical marijuana profits to learning more about the drugs was just one topic of discussion at Monday's meeting, committee members also fielding suggestions from residents and business hopefuls about medical marijuana deliveries, dispensary sales and of course, security.

When Dan Lutz' father was diagnosed with throat cancer Lutz said he turned to medical marijuana.

"I noticed he was losing weight, medical marijuana was approved in California so we started with edibles to build his appetite," Lutz said.

That experience has led him to get involved in the medical marijuana industry. Lutz now manages and consults six establishments in California and he plans to apply for three medical marijuana businesses in Las Vegas.

Lutz and several other medical marijuana supporters attend this Las Vegas recommending committee meeting to weigh in on the city’s proposed regulation voicing concerns about the city's ban on medical marijuana deliveries. State Assemblyman William Horn, who is also an attorney, represents several potential medical marijuana business owners.

"I think it’s important that we have a mechanism in place to get medicine to the patient we want to make sure we do that well and efficiently without putting up too many barriers to the patient," Horne said.

The 28-page bill also prohibits medical marijuana packaging that would attract children, limits advertising to newspapers and magazines, and requires 24-hour video surviellance in all establishment as of now those regulations will stay intact.

The hours an establishment can stay open may change. The bill limits the sale of medical marijuana in Las Vegas from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Councilman Bob Coffin favors more flexible hours through special use permits.

“I think those that are going to be near the strip, those that will be near industrial areas theres no reason why we can’t have some 24 hour available for those that need medication,” Coffin said.

Coffin also recommends 10 percent of medical marijuana sales be used to research the drug and ways to prevent its abuse,

“Particularly studying the effects of abuse on young people on people forming brains we have to know more about it we can’t just trust everything that is said by the industry we got to make sure that what is true is true.



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