Medical Marijuana Patient Cards Increasing Rapidly in Nevada

As Nevada’s first legal medical marijuana dispensaries prepare to open soon, their number of potential customers is growing rapidly.

More than 8,000 Nevadans had medical marijuana patient cards at the end of 2014, an increase of 65 percent from a year earlier, according to numbers released this week by the state Division of Public and Behavioral Health.

People involved in the industry say they expect that number to grow far more — if the state can keep up with the demand.

“In a market like this, there should be 50,000 people that have a card by the end of 2015,” said Dr. Ivan Goldsmith, a Las Vegas physician who has recommended cards for 700 to 800 patients.

But that’s his wish, not a prediction.

Clark County, which has 72 percent of the state’s population, also has more than 71 percent of its cardholders: 5,833 of the total 8,055.

– Read the entire article at Las Vegas Review-Journal.