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Medical marijuana may lead to well-regulated jobs

Reported by: Jen Wahl
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Updated: 3/10 10:00 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- There are only a few weeks left before the state has to vote on regulations for medical marijuana dispensary employment.

Until then Nevada is fine tuning the background check process for anyone who wants to own, operate, work at or volunteer at a dispensary.

Regulating medical marijuana is new for Nevada.

That's a big reason Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly says they don't want any details to become hazy.

"To be able to make sure that we get it right the first time. That we have individuals that know what they're doing. We shouldn't be so quick to get excited about employment opportunities," Weekly said.

The industry could spark a hiring spree.

Attorney Amanda Connor says Nevada wants to make sure no future employees slip through the application process.

"The concern being that they don't want people with criminal history that might have a tendency to take the marijuana and put it to the black market and so they're making sure they're getting individuals that have clean records to be involved in this business," Connor said.

The state is reviewing medical marijuana employee background checks similar to the ones for gaming industry workers.

Certain felonies and drug related charges are red flags that keep someone from getting a job.

"At this point, the law is very clear. If you fall into the category of having an excluded felony offense then you cannot move forward," Connor said.

Commissioner weekly supports the squeaky clean employee and operator records.

"We need to make sure we get people to understand that we're a family oriented community as well. Our first priority should be to those patients who are in need of this medicine. Not some type of fun for all where you can come here and put people in harm’s way," Weekly said.

So Nevada's medical marijuana industry and surrounding communities don't go up in smoke.

The state is required to pass the medical marijuana regulations by April 1.

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