Nevada Medical Marijuana Bill Clears Major Hurdle on Way to Safe Access
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 05/24/2013 in Medical Marijuana Legalization
On Thursday, a recent proposal to legalize medical marijuana dispensaries in the state of Nevada will get the opportunity to be reviewed and voted upon by the state’s full Senate. The bill entitled SB 374 will be able to provide the state’s medical marijuana patients with a safe-access point to medicine that they have been longing for.
This decision has been much-anticipated, as in 1998 and 2000, Nevada residents voted to approve measures that would amend the state’s constitution to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Nearly sixty-five percent of state voters approved Question 9 in 2000, and the law took effect on October 1st, 2001. This amendment removed state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who have received written documentation from their physician. The physician must have stated in the written recommendation that marijuana may alleviate the patient’s respective condition.
The Nevada State Senate Finance Committee approved in a unanimous fashion Senate Bill 374. This proposed piece of legislation will formulate a system that would both regulate and tax medical marijuana dispensaries that dispense medicine to state-sanctioned medical marijuana patients. In order to have Senate Bill 374 approved and ready to be sent to the Governor’s desk, it will need around fourteen votes or a two-thirds majority of the Nevada Senate.
Despite these voter-approved constitutional amendments, Nevada state law never fully established a way for state-sanctioned medical marijuana patients to legally obtain their medicine other than actually cultivating it themselves. To date, it is reported that the state of Nevada has around 3,600 patients who are registered and have obtained a Nevada medical marijuana card.
Senator Tick Segerblom, a Democratic representative out of Las Vegas, Nevada, sponsored the piece of legislation that will be reviewed by the state’s Senate. Earlier this year, Segerblom took a bipartisan group of state lawmakers to the state of Arizona to observe and become educated on how medical marijuana dispensaries are being operated in the state. This could have proved to either become a beneficial cause for the passing of this measure, or it could’ve been an eye opener. Regardless, Sen. Tick Segerblom’s actions were well commended as he took a hands-on approach to provide his colleagues with the best possible approach to understanding how the medical marijuana industry works.
Currently, the conditions that fall under Nevada’s approved list of qualifying conditions would be AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, and any medical condition or treatment to a medical condition that produces cachexia, persistent muscle spasms or seizures, severe nausea or pain. Other conditions are subject to approval by the health division of the state Department of Human Resources.
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