Long ‘pot’ drive ahead for rural Nevadans

James DeHaven
Medical marijuana patients in much of rural Nevada will have a long drive to get their medicine, based on where applications for dispensaries were filed by groups seeking to enter the business.
Eleven of Nevada’s 17 counties, all of them rural, saw no dispensary applications at all. No applications for other related businesses, such as grow houses, were submitted either.
The counties with no applications filed with the state Division of Public and Behavioral Health Medical Marijuana Program are Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing and White Pine.
Esmeralda and Humboldt county officials indicated a willingness to have a medical marijuana dispensary, while most others had rejected the idea.
State Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, who authored the legislation creating the medical marijuana dispensary program during the 2013 legislative session, said geographical issues exist in Nye County as well. Pahrump and Tonopah have applications for dispensaries, but the county is allowed only one under the law, he said. It is a three-hour trip between the two cities.
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