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Implementation costs may derail marijuana dispensary bill

Reported by: Amber Dixon
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Updated: 6/12/2013 7:15 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- A bill to create medical marijuana dispensaries -- 13 years after Nevada voters approved medical marijuana use -- remains unsigned on the Gov. Brian Sandoval's desk.

The bill has hit a roadblock after the Department of Taxation announced it will cost $2 million to implement.

The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Tick Segerblom, says more specific information about implementation will become available today, the day before the deadline to sign the bill into law.

Some of the bill’s details are drawing criticism from the medical marijuana community, according to Derek Connor, an attorney for Dr. Reefer, a health center evaluating people for medical marijuana cards.

“Parts of the bill I'm against are the provisions that are restricting the ability for patients to grown their own marijuana,” Connor said. “There's going to be patients that their losing their, in their opinion, their constitutional right to grow their own medicine.

“They're being forced out into the marketplace. They're losing their anonymity. You're going to be forced out to go to these dispensaries and be out in public and, for a lot of people, this is a very private concern.”



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