Nevada MMJ Testing to Begin, But Dispensaries Still in Limbo

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Nevada dispensaries waiting for the green light to open received some good news this week after a health official said rules are now in place that allow laboratories to start testing cannabis.

Dispensaries that received licenses to sell MMJ have been in limbo for months as they waited for the state to finalize rules on testing, which is required before sales can begin.

Although labs can now begin testing, business owners told the Las Vegas Review-Journal they’re still unsure when they’ll be allowed to open.

The Independent Laboratory Advisory Committee, in charge of recommending limits on pesticides, heavy metals and other impurities, has met five times, the Review-Journal reported.

Early gatherings were nothing more than figuring out how to conduct meetings, and only during the fourth meeting on April 16 did the committee vote on pesticide rules. Out of that meeting, formal state policy was set, but committee members still wonder about the state’s rigid rules on testing, which could drive up prices, according to the newspaper.

Officials say they must follow regulations already in place and believe MMJ sold in the state will be safer than what’s sold in other markets.

It’s not just the roughly 9,000 MMJ cardholders in Nevada who are waiting for dispensaries to open — state law allows for reciprocity, meaning cardholders from other states will be able to purchase medical cannabis in the state.