The Las Vegas Department of Planning will begin accepting land use and licensing applications for medical marijuana establishments at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8. The application cycle will close at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 23. Applications must be physically received in the department’s offices at 333 N. Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106 by 3 p.m. on July 23. Applications received prior to or after the application period will not be accepted. Applications are expected to be available on the city’s website June 9.
The department will begin taking appointments for pre-application workshops the week of June 9. Attendance at a pre-application workshop will be required for anyone wishing to submit an application; the workshops will cover the submittal requirements for the application process, and applicants will be given checklists to submit with their application. Information on the pre-application workshops, including the dates and times of the workshops and the process for making appointments, as well as the applications, will be posted on the city’s medical marijuana information webpage next week at http://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/medicalmarijuana/default.htm.
The Las Vegas City Council adopted land use regulations for Medical Marijuana Establishments at the May 21 meeting. The regulations require at least one dispensary for each sector of the city (Centennial Hills, Southeast and Southwest). The council also expanded the areas where dispensaries can be located to include commercial districts (C-1 and C-2) as well as industrial districts (C-M and M). Dispensaries will be allowed on Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street east of Eighth Street. Clark County has allocated 12 dispensary licenses to the city of Las Vegas.
At the June 4 meeting, the City Council adopted licensing regulations for medical marijuana establishments. The City Council reduced the surety bond requirement from $500,000 to $250,000. Some of the other regulations include:
• Dispensaries will be allowed to have operation hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
• Delivery will be permitted to Nevada card holders at residential locations
• If it is determined an inadequate supply of medical marijuana exists, products can be obtained from other parts of Nevada
• Advertising cannot be appealing to minors, and must conform to an approved sign and advertising plan as a condition of the license
• Licenses will be reviewed every two years by City Council