The city of Las Vegas, Nevada has announced the initial number of medical marijuana dispensaries that will be opening. After almost an entire day of hashing out the details, the City Council looked at applications of 50 different dispensary hopefuls and cut it down to 26.
This doesn’t mean that all 26 dispensaries will actually open. That remains to be decided by Nevada’s health department. The applicants that have been or will be denied will be permitted to reapply for licenses next year. Dispensaries were denied for everything ranging from missing paperwork to questions regarding patient security.
The City Council debated for nearly an hour before approving the first dispensary due to opposition from some of the city’s residents. The neighbors’ apprehension was overtaken by councilmen from the west side of town who granted approval to Las Vegas’s first medical marijuana shop.
One dispensary owner based out of California wasn’t so lucky. Nuleaf, which is owned and operated out of Las Vegas, had its application denied. Nuleaf spokesman, Bradley Mayer, said in reference to his company, that they are, “one of the longest-running dispensary operators in the country” and feel that they should have been approved.
Unfortunately for Nuleaf and many other hopefuls, they will just have to wait and try again next year.
A timeline for final approvals on dispensaries has yet to be released.