State gets ready for medical pot license process - 8 News NOW

State gets ready for medical pot license process

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LAS VEGAS -- People who want to grow and sell medical pot in Nevada are preparing to meet the final hurdle to get a license, which is approval at the state level.

State leaders say they're getting ready to review everyone who wants to open a medical marijuana shop; however, much of that information will not be made public.

There have been concerns from Clark County that the state process is not public.

At a state commission meeting Wednesday morning, 8 News NOW learned much of the process is happening behind closed doors, where state leaders have their own scoring system.

Plus, local governments in southern Nevada and the state may not agree on who should be selected.

Clark County Commissioners recently selected 18 applicants to open dispensaries.

The state health workers say they could essentially disregard the commissioners' picks, if they feel those applications do not meet state regulations.

As the city of Las Vegas is preparing to pick its own 12 dispensaries, city leaders anticipate there will be gaps in what applications they want and the state wants.

"There probably will be differences in the opinion,” Las Vegas City Council Bob Coffin said.

8 News NOW has also learned certain specifics contained in the applications are confidential, per state law. However, the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health plans to release all results of the scoring, including whether they were issued a provisional certification, with authorization from the entity’s designees.

"We don't have the option of full transparency, such as releasing copies of the applications we receive for establishments, because of this law," Chad Westom with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health said.

The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health is the agency deciding which dispensary and cultivation applications get a provisional license at the state level.

The applications they select will be made public. Those not selected remain in the dark, hidden behind this law.

Nevada State Senator Richard “Tick” Segerblom says he is not worried about transparency in the state process.

“I think you can hear this. They're going to have the list publicized. People will know where they are. If people don't like it, that's what the court system is for," Segerblom said.

Segerblom now says they wrote the law this way on purpose.

He says this protects Nevada from federal law, which still does not allow the sale of marijuana.

The state will accept applications for dispensaries and cultivation facilities August 5 through 18. After that, state officials have 90 days to select which applications receive a provisional license from the state.

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