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November 23, 2014

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Nevada not setting limit on number of marijuana growers

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Steve Marcus

Medical marijuana is shown in a home in this 2010 file photo.

CARSON CITY — Nevada isn’t setting a limit for now on the number of people who can be licensed to grow medical marijuana for sale at dispensaries authorized last year under state law.

The law, adopted by the 2013 Legislature, allows up to 40 dispensaries in Clark County, 10 in Washoe County, two in Carson City and one each in the rural counties.

It does not, however, specify how many state permits can be issued to grow marijuana.

“It’s still open-ended,” said Marla McDade Williams, deputy director of the state Division of Public and Behavioral Health.

By not setting a limit now, the state wants to ensure there are different kinds of marijuana available, Williams said.

The law allowing dispensaries becomes effective April 1.

Local government officials in the Las Vegas Valley have been grappling over zoning and other issues regarding dispensaries. Some have said they will not support medical marijuana. The city of Henderson has banned medical marijuana establishments until July.

As of January, 4,891 people in Nevada had prescriptions from doctors to use medical marijuana. Fifty-five percent were older than 45.

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