Nevada will now allow patients to purchase medical marijuana the same day they obtain a recommendation from a physician, allowing dispensaries to serve new customers much earlier than before.
Previously, the wait between getting a recommendation and being able to actually buy MMJ was up to 40 days, according to NBC.
“The main reason is to allow a patient that qualifies and has a need for medical marijuana to get that medicine fairly quickly and safely,” Steve Gilbert, a program manager for the Division of Public and Behavioral Health, told the TV station.
The state is further speeding up the process by issuing MMJ cards prior to competing background checks. Cards will be revoked, however, if a patient fails the background checks.
As of June, there were 19,774 patients registered in the state’s MMJ program.