Nevada Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill Passes Assembly on Party Line Vote

After a malfunctioning reader board threw its future into question, a bill that would create a legal medical marijuana dispensary system in Nevada passed the Assembly in a nearly party-line vote.

The Assembly voted twice on the measure, Senate Bill 374, because on the first try the electronic board that displays how the votes are cast read that the bill had failed despite the 28-14 vote, the necessary two-thirds vote for passage. Seeing a failing vote, two Democrats changed their vote so they could bring it back up for consideration.

“Is that the right vote?” a confused Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, D-North Las Vegas, asked.

The Democratic majority had delayed the vote in the Assembly until Assemblywoman Peggy Pierce, D-Las Vegas, who is being treated for cancer, was well enough to participate.

– Read the entire article at Las Vegas Sun.



  1. Mrs. Ratsrectum on

    I welcome another state setting up a structure for medical marijuana dispensaries. D. Issa, that politician from California, needs to take his obsession with the IRS scandal to the goal of getting the IRS off the backs of medical marijuana dispensaries. Now again, in this legislation, they are to be non-profits, so Issa should lead this issue in that direction and make non-profit cannabis clubs and similar enterprises able to qualify for this 501(c)4 status. There could be language in it about providing or supporting medical care for individuals or a community according to state standards, thus allowing a loophole around the federal prohibition of cannabis. Could it then be possible to litigate the issue, when the IRS initiate the suit or a cannabis club initiates the suit against the IRS under the new provisions/law? Could it then be possible to get an injunction halting any current investigations and preventing them from starting any new actions against non-profit cannabis enterprises until the court or the instances in the courts reach their final conclusion? Meanwhile, people are getting their medicine, and people are still turning a buck around in the community. It’s cannabis cash flowing about ground. It could be tied up in the courts for years.

    Common people realized that there is medical benefit. Who knows what kinds of new medicines or cures could be discovered once you get out of the way of the full weight of U.S. medical research potential. That doesn’t mean that people still won’t use cannabis for recreational purposes or medical purposes in lieu of the drugs that may be developed. If the feds would get out of the way and let other people grow.

  2. NVMedical Patient on

    All of this looks great at first glance. Allow out of state patients, provide nevada patients access, sure. If you look closer you will find that they want to TAKE AWAY the right of the patient to provide for themselves (not something you would expect in a republican run state, where self sufficiency should be important, no?).
    The law, if implemented as it is in its current rewritten state takes the rights of patients away and forces them to purchase medicine from FOR PROFIT dispensaries. I don’t know any patients who want to support someone with profits from their afflictions. And I’m damn sure the insurance companies aren’t picking up the tab…..
    Many patients are unable to work (partially because the laws allow employers to ignore a patients needs, and fire them for “using drugs”, through urine testing, and some are just too sick to work) and cannot afford “for profit” dispensaries. I don’t know a single patient who can afford $400-500 per ounce for their medicine. Is this to make money or to help implement the law Nevadans voted on over ten years ago.

    I read that police wanted this provision…. The original mmj law in Nevada was originally intended to allow and provide access (nowhere in the law did it read anything about what the police departments wanted…..) It had NOTHING in it about forcing patients to pay profiteers for their access. We voted to allow access, period. Patients already pay the State $150.00 for their patient cards, and now there need to be some trade off? Why are patients rights the trade off? The delay has been 13 years ongoing and now the only way to get it addressed is to price gouge patients so that the state can make money off of the poor and ailing. This is SHAMEFUL and should be addressed as such. This will force countless patients into choosing alternate medicines that are not healthy.

    This part of the law (which was added as a change after the original proposal) was added to make it acceptable to (conservative) politicians. The condition of peoples health has literally NOTHING to do with the State finally getting the ball rolling, if it did they would have opened dispensaries 10 years ago.

    I’m not yet sure how to stop this part of the law but I’m sure I am not the only one who feels betrayed by our lawmakers. WE DID NOT VOTE TO ALLOW PROFITEERING AT THE EXPENSE OF PATIENTS RIGHTS.

    I sure hope this fight is just beginning, since nobody tried to fix the problem before. In fact any dispensaries that opened illegally in Nevada have been shut down with the utmost force. Even those who opened under non-profit status (where medicine was kind of affordable). Now the sky is the limit. When does the greed stop?