LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clark County commissioners have approved licenses for all 18 medical marijuana dispensaries available in its jurisdiction.
The 18 businesses approved were whittled down from a field of 79 applicants during three days of public hearings.
The lucrative potential of the medical marijuana industry prompted a flood of applications from prominent members of Las Vegas’ political, medical, legal and real estate fields.
The Las Vegas Sun reported license winners include businesses associated with former state lawmakers Richard Perkins, David Goldwater, Mark James and Chad Christensen.
The 18 businesses will be located in unincorporated areas of the state’s most populous county, which is centered around Las Vegas. This is a major change in political views of marijuana since in recent years, law officials have tried to shut down the medical marijuana dispensers in Las Vegas.
Laughlin’s chosen dispensary is Clear River LLC, 1975 Casino Drive. That was the only applicant with a Laughlin location. Longtime developer and gaming executive Randy Black, who retired last year as chief operating officer at Mesquite Gaming, hopes to open the dispensary in Laughlin.
Nevada legalized medical marijuana in 2000, but the only way for patients to obtain the drug was to grow it.
Last year, state lawmakers approved and Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a law that cleared the way for dispensaries.