The first medical marijuana dispensary in Nevada is finally set to open in Sparks.

 “Isn’t that ironic?  After all this time, the first one opens in Sparks,” said Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that Silver State Relief will open its doors Friday.  The dispensary’s general manager Aron Swan says his team is ready for business after spending nearly two years getting things ready.

“It’s been going on two years — I think about 22 months,” said Swan.

Silver State Relief sourced its marijuana plants from local card holders, who are allowed to grow plants for personal use. The dispensary has brought in about 200 plants from all over the state.  Swan says sales will be limited on opening day to about 12-14 pounds of marijuana. 

The employees are hoping to make dozens of strains available to patients when they are able to harvest more. Sparks City Council voted to approve medical marijuana dispensaries last year.

Segerblom sponsored all of the bills concerning medical marijuana in the past two legislative sessions.

“It’s incredibly frustrating to me that we’re so close and yet we’re so far,” Segerblom said.

The state senator from Las Vegas says he’s surprised there’s still problems getting dispensaries open in Clark County. 

“I think that the people that got the grow licenses have dropped the ball,” said Segerblom.

The problem in Clark County is that growing operations are having a hard time producing a crop that has passed laboratory testing.

Euphoria Wellness encountered this issue.  The county’s also not allowing them to purchase marijuana from patients.  The despensary agreed to this stipulation as part of its business license.

“The law’s pretty clear to us.  An individual can’t possess any more than 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana, but they proposed initially to buy up to 10 pounds’ worth,” said Erik Pappa, spokesperson for Clark County.

However, Segerblom interprets that rule differently.  He says the county could allow the dispensaries to make one-time purchases of up to 10 plants from home growers.

Segerblom says this is a chance for the county to do the right thing.

“We need to just get it going, even if it’s just a temporary solution – why not,” Segerblom said.