LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Dozens of medical marijuana businesses will soon set up shop in Clark County, all vying for a share of the potential marijuana profits.
We could see more dispensaries than expected if the state struggles to keep up with the demand for cannabis.
Last Wednesday, both the county and city moved forward with plans to make pot shops legal.
Advocates say Nevada’s medical marijuana market is expected to explode along with the number of dispensaries.
“Even though we just have 5,000 cards right now, that's going to escalate,” said Senator Tick Segerblom.
Segerblom says the number of people with cards in Colorado and Washington increased tenfold once medical marijuana became legal. In Nevada, the number of residents with cards could reach 50,000 within a year, says Segerblom.
That demand could lead to more dispensaries popping up around the valley.
"I just talked to someone and they said in Denver, the metropolitan area, they have 212 right now, and of course we are not that much smaller than Denver," Segerblom said.
Right now, Nevada state law allows 40 dispensaries in Clark County.