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Updated: 7/18/2013 10:47 pm
Medical marijuana dispensaries are legal in Nevada and now our state, county, and city officials are working out the finer details of the law. News 3's Marissa Mike was at an orientation meeting today, where dispensaries were the hot topic. We learned from today's meeting our local planners have a lot to get done ahead of the April 1 deadline-- when it's expected the state's medical marijuana dispensary application process is expected to be ready to go.

Officials conducted a Medical Marijuana Orientation meeting today at City Hall.

The idea of this meeting was to get state and local agencies on the same page and to get questions answered as implementation moves forward.

The goal of the meeting, which was closed to the general public, was to get the application process up and running by April 1.

Among those in attendance, the Nevada State Board of Health as well as licensing and zoning agencies from Las Vegas, Clark County and Reno.

Plenty of work remains. The Board of Health must set guidelines on regulating the dispensaries.

At the local level, agencies have to figure out what they will require for someone to get a business license and where to put these dispensaries.

Perhaps the biggest challenge will be making sure state and local agencies are in sync as people try to get approved. But state Sen. Tick Segerblom, who has become the face of this law, remains positive.

“It is going to happen,” he said. “It's been 10 years since the voters approved it, but it's finally coming to fruition, so we're very excited.”

The final draft of regulations set by state board of health for public comment is set for Oct. 30. A legislative commission must approve those guidelines by Dec. 13.

For more information, visit Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health website's DPBH Listservs and scroll down to the Medical Marijuana Listserv.



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