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County sifts though medical marijuana business applications

Reported by: Kelsey Thomas
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Updated: 5/21 11:21 am

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Clark County commissioners are weeding out applicants for medical marijuana. The race to open up a medical marijuana business in Clark County is about to get a lot smaller.

There are 81 applications from people who want to sell medical marijuana in Clark County, but only 18 will move on to the state for final approval.

Commissioners came to a decision today, but it wasn't unanimous.

The state law allows for 18 dispensaries in unincorporated Clark County, but the county could send more than 18 applications to the state.

Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani said it's risky only sending 18 applications, but Commissioner Steve Sisolak disagrees.

Sisolak is confident all of the applications will make it through the state's vetting process, because the county has approved them.

The commissioners say the first marijuana business will probably not open for another year.

Once the state approves the applications in the fall, it will take a few months for businesses to retro-fit warehouses and a few months to grow the marijuana.

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