The Las Vegas suburb of Henderson received 28 applications for medical marijuana business licenses by the July 17 deadline – nearly three times the number it initially anticipated.
Officials expected to receive 10 to 15 applications for dispensary, cultivation and production licenses, according to Bristol Ellington, the assistant city manager.
Even that seemed optimistic at one point: Just two groups had submitted applications the day before the deadline. But a flood of applications came in during the hours leading up to the deadline – mirroring the situation that played out in Clark County.
At least two of the applications Henderson received were from individuals who have already been awarded licenses to operate a marijuana business in other municipalities.
Local officials will conduct an initial review of the applications for suitability and will then pass them along to the state for further review.
Ultimately, the city is expected to have up to five dispensaries. There are no caps on the number of cultivation and production facilities.