Clark County is on track to introduce leisure marijuana sales next month.
County commissioners on Tuesday passed 2 regulations related to business licensing and zoning for the leisure marijuana market. The regulations allow existing medical marijuana facilities to use to expand their operations to consist of recreational cannabis. The ordinances also consist of regulations that keep the two legs of the industry unique, even while they exist in the exact same area.
The guidelines largely line up with the recommendations of the Green Ribbon Advisory Panel, which the county formed earlier this year to flesh out specifics. The panel consists of market agents, in addition to individuals from the resort market.
“We attempted to supply provisions to safeguard (medical marijuana) clients,” stated Jacqueline Holloway, the director of business licensing for the county. “If we find they do not offer appropriate access for medical patients, we can have criminal or civil penalties.”
One such arrangement states that retail establishments must accommodate a client’s ask for a confidential and private consultation and that it should be held in a partitioned-off space of at least 25 square feet.
Commissioner Mary Beth Scow pushed for the consultation space policy to need a dedicated space and not just an undefined location. Nevertheless, that idea got pushback from numerous industry representatives, who argued that since no such area requirement was made when the medical marijuana ordinance passed, some existing dispensaries would not have the necessary space.
Scott Sibley, the handling partner of Nevada Holistic Medicine and a member of the Green Ribbon Advisory Panel, compared it to typical pharmacies.
“If you look at CVS, they do not have a separate room.”
Numerous commissioners revealed issues about securing the experience of medical marijuana patients and worried that existing businesses would desert the medical side when leisure sales undoubtedly take off. They stressed that medical patients would have to wait in long lines behind guys simply there to get high on a weekend bachelor celebration.
It’s an unfounded fear, stated two market representatives. While the intro of recreational marijuana sales has actually resulted in a decline in the number of medical cannabis card holders in other states that have actually presented it, there hasn’t been an extensive desertion of serving clients, they said.
“Exactly what’s the advantage in that for us?” asked Integral Associates CEO Armen Yemenidjian.
John Ritter of the Nevada Dispensary Association, who rests on the state’s leisure cannabis job force, included that his dispensaries intend on letting medical cannabis cardholders relocate front of recreational customers when checking in.
Nevada Dispensary Association President Andrew Jolley likewise kept in mind that leisure sales might still be tied to medical uses.
“Lots of people hesitate to obtain their medical card for a variety of reasons,” he said. “I believe a lot of individuals will be available in (for leisure cannabis) and utilize it medically.”
He utilized the example of a veteran who might be fretted about how having a medical marijuana card might affect his or her primary health benefits, or anyone uneasy with the idea of being on a computer system registry.
As the medical marijuana laws currently stand, cardholders are needed to provide their cards at check-in to a dispensary and their name is taken into a database. Recreational marijuana customers will only have to provide a valid form of identification proving they are at least 21 years old. Stores are restricted by state law from logging that details.
The passing of the ordinances on Tuesday means that existing medical marijuana facilities could precede the county commissioners as soon as June 21 to seek their special-use permits and licenses.