Nevada’s first dispensary has opened. Silver State Relief in Sparks, Nevada can claim the distinction of opening the state’s first medicinal marijuana dispensary.
It took 15 years but Nevada finally got it done after voters first made medicinal cannabis legal in 2000 and state legislators set up the state’s framework for regulation and taxation in 2013.
Because Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Agriculture are still working on pesticide regulations and lab testing requirements for growing marijuana, dispensaries have had to get creative when it comes to sourcing their plants.
And since medical marijuana is not federally approved, businesses can’t ship in plants from other states so Silver State Relief obtained plants from legal cardholders around the state who are allowed to own no more than 12 plants each for personal use.
According to the Reno Gazette Journal, Silver State Relief now possesses around 200 plants, brought in from all around Nevada, which they will use to grow future crops. Now that they have purchased the plants, they are not limited by how many they can grow in the future.
The Reno Gazette Journal also reported that because plants can take months to yield a crop, Silver State Relief’s initial offerings will be modest, with around 12-14 pounds of marijuana available on opening day. Patients are allowed to possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana per 14-day period, but given that the store will have a slim supply, the dispensary is limiting purchases to a half-ounce per transaction.
According to a Las Vegas Review-Journal article, Silver State Relief is selling about six strains of marijuana that have names such as Girl Scout Cookie, Skunk One, Ghost OG and Purple Kush. Because of the limited supply, no edible products are yet being offered, and patients are limited to buying one-half ounce, which sells for $195.
There are 10,027 people with medical marijuana cards in Nevada, with most, 6,696, living in Clark County.