Big Names Vying for Nevada MMJ Business Licenses

Nevada’s medical marijuana gold rush is attracting speculators with deep pockets, political connections and backgrounds in big business.

Clark County recently received 206 proposals from more than 100 groups for medical marijuana businesses targeting unincorporated areas of the county. The Las Vegas Review Journal sifted through those applications and found that a wide range of elite business people, former politicians and medical professionals are behind the applications.

Perhaps the most surprising applicant: Sig Rogich, who worked as a presidential adviser to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Rogich currently operates a public relations firm in Nevada, which just eight years ago managed a campaign that challenged a medical marijuana ballot initiative.

Other applicants include:

– Former Las Vegas assemblyman Chad Christensen, who has teamed up with local banking veteran Daniel Brasov.

– Former Planet Hollywood Resort President Bill Feather, who is partnered with Oscar B. Goodman, the son of Las Vegas’s former mayor.

– Lobbyist and former Nevada legislator David Goldwater, who has teamed up with Greta Carter, president of the Cannabis Training Institute in Seattle.

– Camille Ruvo, the wife of Larry Ruvo, a local philanthropist and senior managing director of the largest distributor of alcoholic beverages on the Strip.

– Nick Spritos, director of the Women’s Cancer Center of Nevada, who has partnered with oncologist Geoffrey Hsieh.

Las Vegas and Reno have yet to accept applications for medical marijuana businesses. Both cities will likely attract a similarly elite field.

7 comments on “Big Names Vying for Nevada MMJ Business Licenses
  1. Ronnie on

    Yep, totally unfair to small entrepreneurs. Unfair that companies are coming from out of state, that these are monied people and companies and we just can’t compete. Couple that with political cronyism and corruption and there’s just no way this is merit based licensing.

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  2. Windy City on

    …Each state will have its restrictions and options, but it is safe to assume that, at least in the beginning, real money will have to be put up front…

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  3. Mark on

    Sig has a middle school in Clark County named for him. Wonder if the CCSD (which receives federal funds) will change the name of the school if Rogich starts selling a Schedule 1 substance.

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  4. PT on

    WOW CANNABIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS!!! I BELIEVE WE’VE MADE A MAJOR FAUX PAS in under estimating the organized crime or politicians. I mean i expected some one offs from past heavys trying to resurface but THIS IS A LIST!! Hold on cause CA and every other state until it’s 100% legal will get tougher and tougher with these money maker sell your soul over and over bastards. Luckily because of these same regulation, people will always have local home grown top shelf buds a plenty. GOD HELP US ALL!!!

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  5. john kirkman on

    Everyone that voted for tax and regulate should have known the business was going to be turned over to cronies. In states where the legislators turned it over to cronies are cronies themselves. ‘course they rationalize aka lie that they are protecting us. What scum

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  6. Bill Monroe on

    In Florida with growing CBD the requirements are 30 years in the nursery business, 5 million performance bond, medical director on staff, and only five dispensaries in the state. Too restrictive and unfair for mom and pop growers.

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  7. Paul frank on

    Look out Nevada the tribes will grow medical cannabis and dispense on soveign land for less …and make more…

    The big greedy players are all about recreational… They know they can cut big deals with the elixirs and edible producers…rec is coming.

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