Backlog and wait for your medical marijuana card?

pot slotsCARSON CITY, Nev. ( & KRNV)–Silver State Relief, Nevada’s first medical marijuana dispensary, opened its doors on Friday, July 31st. While this marks a major milestone, News 4 learned it is taking longer to get a medical marijuana card. State law requires the division overseeing the program to issue a card within 30 days, but Deputy Director Laura Freed said right now the wait is averaging 40 to 45 days. She said, “We are a bit above that statuatory 30 days right now because of the volume of new applicants as well as folks getting their annual renewals.”

She said they are working to reduce the wait time to meet the 30 day requirement, however; that might present a few challenges. Silver State Relief is the first of what will be several dispensaries to open in the next few months. Freed said, “We expect with the opening of this first dispensary as well as those that are working to come online, we expect to see a surge in new demand.” Part of the problem is demand once the dispensaries are open is unknown. What we know so far is, according to state records in January of 2014, there were nearly 5,000 card holders in the Nevada. That number in June of 2015 is nearly 10,000 or double what it was a little more than a year ago.

Increasing staff to meet demand would solve the problem, however; another factor is there is uncertainty about the program’s future. In 2016, recreational use of medical marijuana will appear on Nevada’s ballot. If voters approve it, the fate of Nevada’s medical marijuana program might be impacted. Freed said, “We know in Colorado, they are considering doing away with the medical program because the recreational market consumed it, taking it over.” Freed said if that happens, it will open a whole new round of public policy debates in Nevada. This is a story we will continue to monitor. We will also continue to ask questions about wait times.

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Demand for medical marijuana in Nevada is expected to double this year as dispensaries open and state lawmakers discuss potential patchwork legislation for the budding industry.

nevada potBy Emerson Marcus, RGJ

Demand for medical marijuana in Nevada is expected to double this year as dispensaries open and state lawmakers discuss potential patchwork legislation for the budding industry.

For starters, the number of medical marijuana cardholders in Washoe County jumped more than 65 percent in 2014.

“One thing we have been able to do is look at other states when they have gone to availability of establishments for medical marijuana,” said Pam Graber, information and education officer for Nevada’s medical marijuana program. “If Nevada performs as other states have, then our numbers will continue to go up as awareness rises.”

Dispensary operators, picked by the state, are in the process of rolling out their businesses now. It’s only a matter of time before the first of 65 statewide dispensaries opens and more people start asking their doctors about medical marijuana, Graber said.Bags-Of-Money-Dollar-Signs-Bills-Coins

“We think Nevada is going to be one of the largest markets in the country,” said Derek Peterson, CEO of Terra Tech with one dispensary in Reno. “We want to make certain that our production and cultivation facility is ready for full production and has the ability to produce multiple strains and product offerings for potential patients.”

At the beginning of last year, there were 588 Washoe County residents with medical marijuana cards. At the end of the year, 975 residents were cardholders.

In Clark County, cardholders jumped from 3,544 to 5,833 in 2014. Statewide, 8,055 Nevadans were medical marijuana cardholders.

“We’re not surprised at all by these numbers,” said Joe Brezny, spokesman the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol in Nevada. “I would expect 15 to 20 thousand patients in Nevada within twelve months of dispensaries opening.”

With the opening of dispensaries, Nevadans obtaining medical marijuana cards through doctor prescription no longer need to grow on their own, which is expected to add to the growth in cardholders.

That’s because baby-boomers once accepting of marijuana, beginning to feel the effects of old age, are beginning to open to the option, Brezny said.

“People 50 to 65 who smoked in college — never saw anything wrong with it — think it will help ailments,” he said. “What we are hearing over and over is that finally this law makes sense. It’s finally a way to follow the rules and get medicine.”

Marijuana at the Legislature

Amid the growth in the medical marijuana industry is ongoing litigation in Clark and Washoe counties stemming from frustration over the process at the state and local levesl of granting businesses the permission to open dispensaries.

One of the key focuses is the need for more dispensaries, especially in Clark County.

But Brezny, along with State Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, hope this process can be settled during the Legislature. Segerblom has drafted bill requests proposing an increase in the amount of dispensaries in each jurisdiction statewide.

“There are a number of topics I have heard that are going to be brought up at Legislature,” said Leslie Bocskor, the chairman of the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association.

Bocskor said the number of dispensaries could increase by as much as 50 percent.

In Washoe County, where lawmakers waited to hear from the state, there’s other issues. Three of the county’s five unincorporated dispensaries were given licenses in Incline Village and Crystal Bay. Businesses can’t move outside a five-mile radius once selected, according to the law.

Tests for impaired driving will also be addressed, Bocskor said.

“Currently our law is a very aggressive,” he said. That’s because metabolite testing — under the current system — can detect marijuana in someone’s system for weeks after they smoked.

“Some people who use it obviously won’t be under intoxicating effect but will have metabolites in system,” he said.

Meanwhile, there’s recreational marijuana, which was brought through an initiative petition and will go to the ballot if voted down in the Legislature.

“I think we will also see a discussion about the ballot initiative that was filed,” Bocskor said. “If it’s not in the Legislature it will be in the ballot box. I think the Legislative session will be very interesting this year, particularly in areas on expansion, private transfer of equity, those are some big issues we will be looking at.”

Approval of three Lake Tahoe pot dispensaries sparks lawsuit

Lawyers for Washoe Dispensary LLC filed a lawsuit Tuesday that alleges Nevada’s ranking system undermines a provision intended to guard against monopolies for selling the medicine.

The suit against the state of Nevada’s Department of Health, Division of Public and Behavioral Health and Washoe County argues that by the county allowing three dispensaries in Incline Village/Crystal Bay — according to the state, unincorporated Washoe County was given five allocations — it doesn’t provide fair access to patients in need.

“By not following this practice, Washoe County is slated to have three dispensaries in Incline Village-Crystal Bay, one near Galena High School, and one in Sun Valley,” Ardea Canepa, attorney for Washoe Dispensary, said in a statement. “That definitely goes against the idea of geographic disbursement and allowing patients all across Washoe County easy access to this medication.”

In December, the Washoe County Commission voted to move ahead with issuing licenses to the five applicants who received provisional licenses from the state, despite concerns among commissioners about having more than one dispensary in Incline.

“Setting up three dispensaries in Incline Village-Crystal Bay is ridiculous,” Shane Smith, one of the partners in Washoe Dispensary, said in a statement. “Having three dispensaries in such close proximity to each other, and to the California state line, seems to indicate the state was either oblivious or catering to the idea of building a medical tourism industry at Tahoe centered around medical marijuana.”

Further, the suit argues that Tryke Companies Reno LLC shouldn’t be awarded two licenses — one in Sparks and one in unincorporated Washoe County — because it breaks the state’s law limiting any one business to 10 percent of licenses in any jurisdiction.

Neither the state nor the county had responded to the suit as of Wednesday.

According to the Associated Press and Reno Gazette-Journal, Assistant County Manager Kevin Schiller on Tuesday said he had no comment.

As of Wednesday morning, Brett Scolari, the attorney for Tryke Companies, said he hadn’t read the complaint yet and declined comment, according to the AP.

Nevada legalized the distribution of marijuana for medical purposes in 2013. The state released its rankings of businesses for dispensary licenses in November 2014.

Washoe County is allowed 10 dispensaries: three in Reno, two in Sparks, and five in unincorporated areas.

In those rankings, Washoe Dispensary ranked sixth out of 11 for unincorporated areas.

“Most of us have, in good faith, invested thousands of dollars to fulfill the state application process and also the county’s special use permit process,” Smith said. “We complied with the process laid out in the law, we expected them to do the same.”

Specifics on the licenses and locations in Incline/Crystal Bay aren’t known because the process is confidential, and some businesses awarded licenses in November didn’t reveal a name.

In all, seven applications were submitted locally, including 874 Tahoe Blvd., 754 Mays Blvd., 754 Mays Blvd. Unit No. 12, 760 Mays Blvd. Unit No. 9, 288 Village Blvd. Unit Nos. 3/4, 877 Tahoe Blvd., and 10 Stateline Road (in Crystal Bay).

The Incline applications are only for dispensaries, and not larger cultivation-oriented businesses.

According to the county, a dispensary “delivers or sells marijuana or related supplies and educat

Report: Former official ignored Ethics Committee and state law

nevada potCARSON CITY, Nev. ( & KRNV) — There is new information in News 4’s On Your Side investigation into the cloud of secrecy regarding Nevada’s medical marijuana program.

Ralston Reports Producer Dana Gentry is reporting that Marla McDade Williams, former head of the state’s medical marijuana program, was told by the State Ethics Commission that she could not work for medical marijuana companies for one year after leaving her post.

There is a one-year “cooling off” period mandated in state law. The law says a person must wait one year to work for a company that has pending issues being looked at by their previous state agency.

McDade Williams resigned from her position in June, but was mentioned in a lawsuit earlier this week, claiming that she worked as a paid consultant for companies vying for licenses a short time after leaving the state.


KRNV/MyNEWS4 -On Your Side: Government Corruption and the Shroud of secrecy surrounds medical marijuana businesses

RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) — Finding out who have been selected winners and losers of Nevada’s budding medical marijuana business, and why, has turned out to be almost impossible.

See the video here:

pot slotsNews 4’s On Your Side team believes Nevadans have a right to know who is going to be opening up shop and providing people with safe products.

When the state released its list of the companies authorized to take part in the medical marijuana business, we wanted to know one thing: how did the state make the decision? Thanks to a state regulation that protects medical marijuana applicants and their investors, the whole process has been clouded under a shroud of secrecy, far from transparent. culture-of-corruption

The questions remain: who set it up this way, and why? It has been weeks of phone calls, e-mails, and interviews, all aimed at trying to get more information on the state’s process to license medical marijuana business applicants.

We started at the Division of Public and Behavioral Health. Chad Westom is a Bureau Chief, and the head of the Medical Marijuana program.

“We do not write the laws,” explained Westom. “We did not write this law, but we do carry out what is required.”

Westom is referring to NRS 453a.700, the medical marijuana law passed in 2001. “It states the Division and our designees must maintain the confidentiality and shall not disclose the contents of any application record or any written documentation that the Division or designees credits or receives pursuant to this chapter,” said Westom.

But when that was written, it was referring to medical marijuana patients, and their application, not the application of cultivators or dispensary owners. Westom confirmed that the Attorney General was consulted on this regulation.

Westom also stated applicants could sign a disclosure form that would let the state release the name of the company and how many points it scored during the ranking process. But even with some companies doing that, the public still does not have access to basic information on ownership, backgrounds, and business practices.

“We’ve had legal review from the Attorney General’s office all along the way,” Westom said.

News 4 contacted Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto’s office to ask how she interpreted the law for the division. She declined to go on camera, but in an email sent by her staff, she noted that it was the Health Division who adopted NAC 453a.714, a regulation which makes the information confidential.

We made several calls to the 12 members of the Legislative Commission who approved that regulation on March 28. Only one, Assemblyman Jason Frierson, called back, but did not remember specifically discussing the regulation.

The Legislative Council Bureau said the Nevada Health Board proposed the regulation to the Legislative Commission, but a Health Board member said he did not recall that, and referred me back to the Health Division and Richard Whitley, an administrator at the Division of Public and Behavioral Health.

Whitley has not return our call, but we were sent to a Public Information Officer. A week ago, an e-mail was sent, asking who proposed the idea of a completely confidential process and why? On Wednesday, we received an email from Pam Graber, the Public Information Officer at the Division of Public and Behavioral Health.

The e-mail said that Senator Tick Segerblom, who crafted the orignal medicial marijuana bill, set up the criteria for the ranking results, with the help of the division.

But she is refusing to tell the public the names and backgrounds of the taxpayer-paid panelists that decided the winners and losers in Nevada’s medical marijuana business. She is also refusing to release the specific formula, or rubrick, that these people used to rank the businesses.

The biggest question still remains: who originated the complete confidentiality of the state regulation that is keeping all this information secret?

News 4’s On Your Side will be continuing to cover this story, and will keep you posted as we learn more.

Carson City Gets STONED: Marijuana Dispensaries with DA loser Mark Krueger and othern

Smoke 1 joint before watching this video. Doctors Orders. 

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Introduction by Carson City Assistant District Attorney, Mark Krueger. Moderator, Barry Smith, Director of the Nevada Press Association. Presenters: Steve Gilbert, Program Manager 2, Medical Marijuana, Bureau of Preparedness, Assurance, Inspections and Statistics, Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health; Lee Plemel, Carson City Community Development Director; Susan Dorr Pansky, Carson City Planning Manager.nevada pot cures

Additional panelists: Marla McDade Williams, Former Deputy Administrator, Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health; Chad W. Westom, Bureau Chief, Bureau of Preparedness, Assurance, Inspections and Statistics, Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health.

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Lyon County Commissioner Virgil Arellano Wants to Prohibit Medical Marijuana and make sick people suffer

lyonLyon County officials are proposing a zoning ordinance to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries in the unincorporated areas under county jurisdiction.

The Mason Valley News ( ) reports the ordinance was as formally proposed this month by Commissioner Virgil Arellano.

SB374 passed by the 2013 Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval sets up a taxing, regulatory and distribution system for medical marijuana. Nevada voters approved medicinal pot in 2000, but there was no way for patients to legally obtain the drug except to grow it. nevada pot

The bill authorizes one pot dispensary in each of the smaller counties, with up to 40 allowed in Clark County and 10 in Washoe.

State Sen. Tick Segerblom of Las Vegas, a primary sponsor of the bill, says the law allows entities to opt out.




Virgil Arellano was born and raised in Reno . He graduated from Reno High School in 1975 and then attended the Wyoming School of Animal Technology and interned in Bowman, North Dakota . Later he returned to Reno to manage a Quarter Horse Breeding and Training Facility. In 1986, Virgil pursued a career in fire service, graduating from the Sacramento ( California ) Fire Academy . After sustaining a career ending injury in the line of duty, Virgil moved back to Nevada in 1999 and began his public service activities. As a Lyon County Planning Commissioner, he has never been absent from a meeting. Since September of 2009, he has attended every County Commissioner meeting. Virgil is also a member of many other boards, commissions, and committees, including Fernley Republican Women as an associate.

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong has no problem with medical pot

Carson City Sheriff kenny furlongCarson City Sheriff Ken Furlong has no problem with cancer patients and others being prescribed medical marijuana as part of their treatment, he said Tuesday. He added that his understanding of a new Nevada law is that even if he and other Carson City officials disagree with it, they don’t have the option of denying all licenses for a dispensary. The law approved by the 2013 Legislature sets out how many dispensaries are permitted in each county.

Sheriff Kenneth T. Furlong was born and raised in Carson City. He graduated from Carson High in 1975, then enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1978. While in the Air Force, Kenny earned an Associates Degree in Police Science, another Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

No problem with medical pot – Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong

He retired from the USAF, Office of Special Investigations, in 1998. Before his election to the Office of Sheriff, Kenny was employed as a Detective Sergeant with the Department of Public Safety, Major Crimes Unit. This appointment followed his transfer from the Nevada State Parole and Probation Department, where he served as a Court Services Officer and Field Supervision Officer.nevada pot

Since taking office, Sheriff Furlong has introduced several new programs and has reestablished a few from the past. The most visible programs include: Volunteers in Policing, Chaplain’s Program, Community Resource Officers, and a revitalized Reserve Program. He is committed to enhancing law enforcement in Carson City through educational opportunities, community involvement and youth/senior citizen contacts.

Kenny spends his free time with wife, Phyllis, their two grown children and two grandchildren. He also enjoys cars, motorcycles, sports and computers.

Sheriff Furlong is the 26th Sheriff to serve Ormsby County/Carson City since 1861.

Nevada Medical Marijuana Dispensary Law Signed By Brian Sandoval

nevadamarijuana1CARSON CITY, Nev. — After 13 years of waiting, medical marijuana patients in Nevada will soon have a legal way to obtain the drug without growing it themselves.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval signed SB374 into law in June 2013. The measure establishes the framework to make pot available to medical marijuana card holders, and imposes fees and requirements for growers, processors and dispensaries. It also contains provisions to continue to allow home-growing until 2016.

The tax revenue created will first fund the regulation of the dispensaries. Any remaining revenue will be funneled to education.

According to the National Conference on State Legislatures, Nevada is the 14th state to legalize medical marijuana dispensaries, and one of 19 states to allow medicinal pot, along with the District of Columbia. norml



Nevada Laws & Penalties

Offense Penalty Incarceration   Max. Fine


Personal Use

1 oz or less (first offense) misdemeanor N/A $ 600
1 oz or less (second offense) misdemeanor N/A $ 1,000
1 oz or less (third offense) misdemeanor 1 year $ 1,000
1 oz or less (fourth offense) felony 1* – 4 years $ 5,000
Or mandatory assessment or treatment for first and second offense
* Mandatory minimum sentence

With intent to distribute

Any amount felony 1* – 4 years $ 5,000
Following a felony conviction of any drug offense felony 1* – 5 years $ 10,000
If previously convicted of two or more drug felonies felony 3* – 15 years $ 20,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence

Sale or Delivery

Less than 100 lbs (first offense) felony 1* – 6 years $ 20,000
Less than 100 lbs (second offense) felony 2* – 10 years $ 20,000
Less than 100 lbs (third offense) felony 3* – 15 years $ 15,000
100 – 2000 lbs felony 1* – 5 years $ 25,000
2000 – 10,000 lbs felony 2* – 10 years $ 50,000
10,000 lbs or more felony 2* – life $ 200,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence


100 – 2000 lbs felony 1* – 5 years $ 25,000
2000 – 10,000 lbs felony 2* – 10 years $ 50,000
10,000 lbs or more felony 2* – life $ 200,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence

Hash & Concentrates

Penalties for hashish are the same as for marijuana. Please see the marijuana penalties section for further details.


Possession or use of paraphernalia misdemeanor 6 mos $ 1,000
Sale, delivery, manufacture, or possession with intent felony 1* – 4 years $ 5,000
Sale to a minor who is at least 3 years younger felony 1* – 5 years $ 10,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence

Civil Asset Forfeiture

Vehicles and other property may be seized.

Miscellaneous (license suspensions, civil damages, etc…)

Knowingly maintaining a structure used for drug offenses felony 1* – 6 years $ 10,000
100 – 2000 lbs civil penalty N/A $ 350,000
2000 – 10,000 lbs civil penalty N/A $ 700,000
10,000 lbs or more civil penalty N/A $ 1,000,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence

Gov. Brian “Zig Zag Man” Sandoval OK’s pot and then becomes vice chairman of the Western Governors’ Association!

Nevada potCARSON CITY, Nevada — After 13 years of waiting, medical marijuana patients in Nevada will soon have a legal way to obtain the drug without growing it themselves. 

Brian Sandoval with his bong

Brian Sandoval with his bong

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval now know as “Zig Zag Man” signed SB374 into law Wednesday evening. The measure establishes the framework to make pot available to medical marijuana card holders, and imposes fees and requirements for growers, processors and dispensaries. It also contains provisions to continue to allow home-growing until 2016. 

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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has been named vice chairman of the Western Governors’ Association.

zig zag manThe first-term Republican “Zig Zag Man” Brian Sandoval was elected by his peers during the organization’s annual meeting held over the weekend in Park City, Utah. governor brian sandoval

Sandoval says he’s honored for the opportunity.

Established in 1984, the association includes governors from 19 Western states, two Pacific-flag territories and one commonwealth.

Members share ideas, concerns and approaches to dealing with issues unique to the West.