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Potential medical pot dealers learn of tough requirements

Reported by: Antonio Castelan
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Updated: 2/28 1:12 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Future medical marijuana dispensary owners are looking to get their start, but before that happens they'll have to get through an extensive state application.

"It's a gamble, but it's one I have to take," Benedict said.

The state has laid out a draft of the requirements to become a medical marijuana dispensary owner. Applicant, for starters, will need to show at least $250,000 in assets.

"It's going to be pretty complicated," he said.

Derek Connor is a lawyer helping prospective dispensary owners get through all the red tape associated with the state application.

"It's a huge gamble. Most people submitting their applications have invested anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 in various fees to consultants to attorneys to building plans being prepared," Connor said.

Once there is proof of money, then applicants have to show there's already a building ready for business. It’s certainly a tough task without concrete zoning laws in place.

"They have to go out and buy buildings or secure a lease on a facility before they've gotten a license before they move," Connor said.

Applicants will also have to go through a thorough background check. Even the process of keeping tabs on the marijuana will be extensive.

"Each plant is going to need to be kept track of. Each seed everywhere through sale needs to be accounted for all the way to the cultivation to processing," Connor said.

Benedict says all the strict application requirements will be worth it in the end. He suffered from cancer and believes medical marijuana helped him.

"It was good for me that I need to share it with other people other patients that's the mission," Benedict said.
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