Nevada May Increase Number of Dispensary Licenses

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There’s hope for Nevada entrepreneurs who didn’t win a dispensary license during the initial application period, as the state is considering awarding additional permits.

Two state senators have introduced a bill that would allow for 20 new dispensary licenses in Clark County – where Las Vegas is located – five more in Washoe County and one additional license in all other counties in the state, according to the Associated Press.

The goal is to provide enough licenses to ensure patients in most areas of the state have easy access to dispensaries.

Nevada last year approved 55 preliminary dispensary permits in its first round of licensing, and nearly 200 applicants applied.

Opponents of the bill want to take a wait-and-see approach to gauge demand.

Nevada has allowed medical marijuana since 2000, but lawmakers only recently approved dispensaries. Companies that received dispensary licenses have said they’re only weeks away from opening after the health department said testing regulations have been put in place. Still, many are still unsure exactly when they’ll be allowed to launch.