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First MMJ Dispensary Opens Today In Nevada

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First MMJ Dispensary Opens Today In Nevada

The Sparks City Council voted to approve the dispensary last year, with little reported pushback from the city’s residents.

After 15 years of legal medical marijuana and no place to legally purchase it, Nevada’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened to long lines and a cheering crowd this morning.

The dispensary, Silver State Relief in Sparks, hung a banner from its roof that declared: “Relief is here.”

The process for the state’s dispensaries to finally open to the public took years. In June 2013, Governor Brian Sandoval signed a bill into law to legalize dispensaries. Then, it took until November 2014 for the state to grant 55 provisional licenses to dispensary applicants. In May 2015, Silver State Relief received their final medical marijuana certificate from the state, the first in Northern Nevada. Then, in the early months of this summer, dispensary owners had to wait to launch their businesses until they had harvested enough marijuana and passed last minute testing requirements.

Now, after waiting through two years of applications, permits, building and cultivation, the public was anxious to be a part of the state’s history.

“We’ve received two or three emails and phone calls a day for the past few months asking when we’re going to be open,” Silver State Relief’s owner, Aron Swan, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. He also said that he received more than 150 job applications for dispensary positions.

Currently, the dispensary will only be selling a limited amount of medical marijuana from six different strains and it will take months more before their next crop will be ready. As of opening day, the dispensary only had 12 to 14 pounds of marijuana to sell.

In 2016, Nevada will vote on whether or not to legalize adult-use marijuana in the state.

Do you think every state should have medical cannabis dispensaries? Tell us below.



  1. Marcia

    August 2, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Why is it that the fear of a God given plant that can be of relief to so many health issues for so many can out weigh the side effects of a ton or prescribed medications that have side effects that kill?

  2. Highlander

    August 1, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Yes it is the Miracle Seed from GOD it cures all most everything,these politicians just won’t listen to the people so screw the ones that won’t,we need a president that cares about us and listens to the people of the UNITED STATES OVE AMERICA.

  3. Cynthia Oceguera

    August 1, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    I suffer each day with chronic pain from fybromylasia which I was diagnosed with in 2010. It took several years fir that Dxd. I would like to see less stigma tied to the medicine and support this endeavor.
    I would welcome the relief if that was possible. Spoke to my doctor about this. Work in a zero tolerance environment. I will be following stories about the dispensary. Thank you, best of luck, Cynthia

    • Rory Kurpil

      August 1, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      I think they should because it helps and you don’t have all of them side effects did you get from the doctors prescriptions so I think it’ll be legalized

  4. Alexis Sparrow

    August 1, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    I honestly don’t know what they are waiting for the enevidable is coming and May as well get on that money wagon before its gone

  5. Michelle

    August 1, 2015 at 8:57 am

    I feel if it is medically necessary then it needs to be legal. I have MS and Fibromyalgia since 9/2001. I have so much pain at times I cry. I also can’t sleep. By not making it legal, people are going out and having to buy it illegally. Why is it legal for other diseases and not 2 very painful diseases that have no cure!!!

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