HENDERSON, Nev. -- A bill to set up medical marijuana dispensaries in Nevada passed the senate judiciary committee yesterday but it still faces several hurdles before it becomes law.
Despite that, a class teaching people how to open a dispensary, and grow their own pot is happening here in Las Vegas on Saturday.
As News 3's Amber Dixon tells us, class instructors say the time is now to get educated on what some see as a profitable business venture.
It's been 12 years since Nevada voters approved medical marijuana use, but to this day there are no legal places for medical marijuana card holders to buy their pot.
That bill could change all that and open the door for people to get in on medical marijuana profits.
Medical marijuana dispensaries is a business some expect to boom and some dispensaries are making $10,000 a day.
Bob Calkin says his school, Cannabis Career Institute, offers a business degree of sorts in it.
The full day class comes complete with a text book which includes how to manage a dispensary, grow marijuana and cook it.
"We have a curriculum that teaches people exactly step-by-step how to do each one of these businesses," Calkin said.
That curriculum covers more than just owning a dispensary because that endeavour will likely prove too costly for many. says Tick Segerblom, the state Senator sponsoring the medical marijuana dispensary bill.
"We're looking for people who have significant financial ability," Segerblom says.
If Segerblom's bill becomes law, someone wanting to open a dispensary would first pay $5,000 to enter a lottery for 50 dispensary spots that will be available in the state.
Then, if your name is drawn you have to prove you have $150,000 in assets and pay a $20,000 startup fee.
"I have fibromyalgia issues and malnutrition issues," says Vicki Higgins, who uses medical marijuana for pain and to help her eat. "It can help me get up and get through my day."
Even though she says she has a medical marijuana card, current law offers no place for her to buy it.
For Higgins, dispensaries are overdue.
"By not having dispensaries, we're continue to send patients to the streets or to the black market, wherever it is they've found to buy their medicine and that's just not safe," Higgins said.
But Sen. Segerblom expects his bill to pass which is good news for Higgins and for the Cannabis Career Institute.
“We're very proud to be here to cut the ribbon,” Calkin said.
Hoping its students will soon be able to get a nugget of the medical marijuana business.
The class happens Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Henderson. Tuition is $250 and you can register is available online.