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Senate Committee Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

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A Senate panel has unanimously approved a bill paving the way for for-profit medical marijuana dispensaries in Nevada.

The vote Thursday in the Senate Judiciary Committee means the bill now heads to the full Senate for a vote.

The bill sets the framework for the establishment and regulation of dispensaries in the Silver State. The facilities would be allowed to package marijuana into edible items, such as brownies.

Only registered medical marijuana patients or their caregivers would be able to purchase the drug. The bill says forging a medical marijuana registration card is punishable by up to four years in prison.

Other amendments to the bill include:

  • changing the distance requirement from within 500 feet to within 1,000 feet of a school
  • nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries are subject to reasonable inspection at any time
  • authorizing registry card holders from another state with a recognized medical marijuana program, to purchase medical marijuana in Nevada
  • provide that all licensees shall be Nevada residents who have lived in the state for a minimum of three years before their application was submitted
  • require the establishment of a statewide independent testing laboratory funded by medical marijuana fees, which will measure the potency and quality of the product
  • provide that any revenue generated by fees must be dedicated to a special account for the Division of Health to carry out the provisions of this act and excess revenues, if any, shall be deposited into the Distributive School Account

Republicans on the committee say that while they disagreed with the decision to make medical marijuana legal in 2000, they have to enforce a law established by the people. (AP)

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