HIGH TIMES reported that the state of Nevada would miss the April 1 deadline to begin accepting applications from potential medical cannabis dispensary cultivators and providers. However, on January 9, the Associated Press publicly acknowledged an error in their story – which was the basis for the HIGH TIMES report.
April 1, 2014 is actually the target date set by the Nevada Legislature for Health Division officials to establish medical pot regulations, which they have promised to have in place on time.
The report was accurate in stating that it could still be several months until the Health Division actually starts accepting applications because the Board of Health and other state departments must first approved the dispensary regulations.
Below is the original story.
Nevada medical marijuana patients have waited thirteen years for a regulated system that provides legal and safe dispensary access to cannabis. Unfortunately, they'll have to keep on waiting until at least the fall of 2014.
A recent announcement from Marla McDade Williams, the manager of the state Health Division’s medical pot program, confirmed that the lengthy, multi-tiered process to approve dispensary regulations has yet to be finalized and that the state won't license authorized medical pot providers until September or October. The delay is partially because, once the Health Division draws up the regulations, they must be approved by the state Board of Health and the Legislative Commission. The Legislative Counsel Bureau also must review the regulations.
After the regs are officially approved, applicants have 30 days to file the paperwork to either become a cannabis cultivator, edibles manufacturer, testing laboratory or dispensary operator. The state then has 90 days to review all applications.
In June 2013, the Nevada Legislature established a regulated system that permits at least one dispensary in every Nevada county, including up to 40 in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas. State lawmakers had set a deadline of April 1, 2014 for the Health Division to begin accepting applications from potential medical pot providers.
However, according to Ms. Williams, "We may have staff on board April 1, but we're looking to the summer before we can open requests for applications."