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Medical marijuana expected to be a tourism draw

Reported by: Kelsey Thomas
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Updated: 5/10 11:40 am

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- The cannabis industry is expected to provide an economic boom for southern Nevada.

This is enticing out of-state entrepreneurs looking to cash in on the Green Rush. It will also give Las Vegas tourists another reason to visit our city.

Potential medical marijuana business owners say this cash crop will generate a new kind of tourism.

The cannabis industry could produce a vibrant business in medical marijuana tourism that won't be limited to just local Nevadans.

Patients from other states will be able to use their medical marijuana cards in Nevada.

"I think there is definitely a lot of opportunity for anybody that gets in at this time. It’s what they call a budding success," said Drew Gennuso, a potential medical marijuana business owner.

Gennuso is part of a pool of entrepreneurs in southern Nevada who have high hopes for an influx of out-of-town medical marijuana tourists.

"I think pot tourism here is going to be huge," Gennuso said. He hopes to open a dispensary near McCarran airport.

Clark County could experience a modern day gold rush with medical marijuana tourism.

"I think the central issue is probably location, location, location," said Attorney Alicia Ashcraft, adding that opening a dispensary close to tourists is key.

Gennuso is partnering up with the owner of a dispensary in California to reach medical marijuana patients there before they touch down in Las Vegas.

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