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Reported by: Kelsey Thomas
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Updated: 3/20 12:32 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- During the next year, as many as 40 marijuana businesses may open for business in Clark County.

The Clark County Commission today voted to make medical marijuana dispensaries and grow houses legal.

Nevadans will soon be able to legally sell medical marijuana in Clark County.

The commission voted today on regulations that stipulate where dispensaries and grow houses can operate.

This clears the way for these businesses to open in Clark County once state regulations are finalized.

It’s been 13 years since Nevada voters passed a law allowing patients to use medical marijuana.

Up until now, patients like Mona Lisa Samuelson couldn’t legally buy the drug.

“Medical marijuana has saved my life. I know it saves other people’s lives,” said medical marijuana patient Samuelson. “I'm here to attest to the positive impact marijuana plays on the lives on the sick, injured and dying and I want to thank you.”

Advocate Kris Hempel says medical marijuana could save her 10-year-old twin daughters. Both suffer from a rare and potentially fatal disease.

“It’s not about business or money; consider families like ours that really need access to this,” Hempel said.

Access to cannabis dominated much of the discussion today which focused on proposed regulations that would limit how close marijuana businesses should be to homes.

Marijuana advocates spoke out against the restrictions—and said they limit patient access.

Commissioners voted against a restriction that would have required dispensaries to be 330 feet from homes. Instead, they will look at each dispensary on a case-by-case basis.

Commissioners voted in favor of a separate restriction that limits where cultivation facilities can set up shop. They must be 660 feet from homes and medical marijuana sold here, also has to be grown here.

Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani who did not vote today says she’s in favor of medical marijuana businesses, but the ordinance limits families who require specialized strains because they may not be able to get the medicine they need if they are limited to growers in Clark County.
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