Nevada said “yes” to legal cannabis Tuesday night. So what does that mean for people looking to partake in the pot party?
First, the law doesn’t take effect until Jan. 1 . Las Vegas police said Wednesday that officers will continue to enforce the current law, which outlaws any nonmedical marijuana possession until the new law takes effect.
After Jan. 1, adults 21 and older can possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis, or one-eighth of an ounce of cannabis concentrate.
When the general public will be able to buy marijuana from a store is unclear. The Taxation Department has until Jan. 1, 2018, to craft regulations and licensing to allow the stores to operate.
State Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, said he’d like to mimic what Oregon did after the state voted to approve retail marijuana in 2014. The Oregon Legislature grandfathered medical marijuana dispensaries just months after the law was voted in, which allowed residents to buy cannabis at those stores while lawmakers worked to complete the full regulations.
Although cannabis in Nevada will be legal, smoking or consuming it in public will remain outlawed, punishable by a fine of up to $600.
The number of retail shops in Nevada will be limited by counties’ populations. Clark County will have up to 80 stores and Washoe up to 20, according to the legislation. All other Nevada counties, including Nye, will be allowed up to two. Medical marijuana dispensaries operating now will have first dibs on those retail licenses.
Nevada Marijuana Laws
If HB 10-1284 passes medical marijuana dispensary owners need to take action now by doing some of the following:
Find the capital and invest in your grow operation. This is mandatory with 1284 since you'll be required to grow 70% of your own medicine. This will also improve your profit margins.
Establish your brand identity in the marketplace. If you haven't invested in marketing materials and your internet presence, do it now. The internet takes several months to permeate and the sooner you start the better. If you need help with the internet, send us an email and we can help with reliable referrals.
Start watching your expenses and have budget each month. This may be something you've been able to ignore-until now. Market forces are at work, along with government regulation, which will change the dynamics of the supply and demand curve for the medical marijuana industry.
Implement inventory management controls which will allow you to effectively manage your inventory and product sales. You don't need inventory disappearing or sitting idol. It needs to be sold.
Save your money. You might need the capital for expansion or other opportunities. Dispensaries are unable to secure financing through normal business channels. Therefore, you need to become your own bank.
Create incentive plans for your bud tenders. You need to create your own internal sales culture for your dispensary.
If you need to hire-hire people who know the industry and can help you sell other products. This is normally called "cross selling." You don't need non-productive employees. In addition, 1284 will impact who you can hire because it requires background checks for criminal activity!
Only carry top-shelf products that are high quality. The medical marijuana patient today is seeking quality and consistent delivery of the same type of medicine.
Offer rewards and discount programs for your frequent buyers. Be creative on how you can keep your patients coming back to your dispensary.
Secure your customers by obtaining their permission to market them through the internet via Twitter, Facebook, and newsletters. More dispensaries will be fighting over the same customers.
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Many people across the Country use cannabis for medicinal purposes. Luckily for those in the state of Colorado they can now legally seek relief without fear of the law. In the November 2000 general election, the people of Colorado voted to legalize the use of medical marijuana for persons suffering from debilitating medical conditions. Amendment 20 allows a patient to have up to 2 ounces of cannabis in their possession and grow up to 6 plants.
What does this mean for you? Well, if you have one of the qualifying medical conditions then just follow this simple guide to legally apply for your medical cannabis card.
First you will need to schedule a medical marijuana evaluation with a state approved doctor. There are many resources for researching and choosing a compassionate doctor across Colorado, so be sure to do the proper research to find a reputable source. It's best to provide this doctor with your medical records if possible. While this makes the process easier for everyone, it's not required at many locations.
Your doctor will need to diagnose you with one of the following conditions to be eligible for the official Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry:
HIV or AIDS or a medical condition or treatment that produces, for this patient, one or more of the following and which, in the physician's professional opinion, may be alleviated by the medical use of marijuana.
Seizures (including those characteristic of epilepsy)
Persistent muscle spasms (including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis)
Once your doctor approves the recommendation, they will need to fill out the Physician Certification form. Only licensed medical doctor's in good standing with the state of Colorado may sign this form. Next is your official Registry Application Form. This needs to be signed, dated and notarized in front of an official state Notary. Then you need to include a photo copy of a valid Colorado ID (driver's license, state ID, etc). Finally, a $90 non-refundable application fee must be paid by an included check or money order payable to CDPHE.
All forms are available for download from the official Colorado Department of Public Health website. Be sure to make photo copies of everything! Then package and mail all the materials to the Registry's Office within 60 days of the doctor's signature:
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Medical Marijuana Registry or MMR HSVRD-MMP-A1 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South Denver, CO 80246-1530
That's really all there is to it! Next you will have to play the waiting game because the Registry's Office is currently way behind on approving new applicants. Estimated wait times can be up to 6 months from when the Registry Office receives your application. The good news is you can use photo copies of all your documents as your temporary proof of registration until you receive your card in the mail.