Nevada's First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens in Sparks
"Looking back, it was stressful then," said Aron Swan, General Manager of Silver State Relief told Channel 2 on Thursday. "And here we are, the day before we open, and it's completely elevated."
Nevada's first medical marijuana dispensary opened Friday morning on East Greg Street in Sparks. The opening has been in the works for quite some time.
"It's been going on for nearly 2 years," said Swan.
Silver State Relief sells six different types of medical marijuana. The new facility is only a dispensary. Their cultivation plant is near the site, at an undisclosed location. But in order to bring the marijuana here, they have to share travel plans with the Sparks Police Department.
"If there's an accident, or the car get's pulled over, or some sort of car jacking, they know the location and what to expect."
That is not the only security feature the company takes. From the outside, the windows are covered with bars, there are more than 30 security cameras in and outside the site,and the lobby is equipped with bulletproof glass.
"It's very secure," said Swan. "We want our patients to feel secure."
As far as how many people they expect on opening day - "I wish I knew," said Swan. "I wish I had a crystal ball. We're hoping to have a fairly decent line." About 75 people were lined up outside the business before it even opened.
Sparks City Council voted to approve medical marijuana dispensaries last year. Voters approved medicinal marijuana in 2000, but the measure lacked language to establish a system to sell or distribute the drug. Until two years ago, anyone authorized had to grow their own - up to 12 plants per person - or find it some other way.
The planned opening of the first dispensary in Las Vegas has been delayed by a dispute over county regulations and a potential legal battle.
For more information, go to http://silverstaterelief.com/
(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)