Committee Hears Arguments on Medical Pot Laws - 8 News NOW

Committee Hears Arguments on Medical Pot Laws

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LAS VEGAS — Nevada lawmakers are hearing public input about sweeping changes to Nevada's confusing and complex medical marijuana laws.

During a public hearing Friday, people who use marijuana to avoid pain pleaded with lawmakers to make it easier to obtain. They told a Senate committee that laws make it extremely hard to get the medication they say is necessary to get through the day.

"It's not legal to obtain," cancer patient Dianna Lee said. "The only way to obtain is to go out and plant seeds and grow your own."

That's one of the problems Senate Bill 374 would solve, proponents said. Proposed language would allow marijuana growers the ability to sell their product for a profit.

Critics to the bill said the changes would not solve anything; rather it would create bigger problems, the police said.

"The problem lies in the fact that medical marijuana is not an approved medication,"  Metro Police Det. Ryan Kraft told the committee.

The bill would also raise costs for those wanting to start and register a medical marijuana dispensary from $5,000 to $20,000. 

Friday's hearing was only to gather information. A vote is expected in the coming weeks.

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