LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- The long push for medical marijuana regulation in Las Vegas moves another step forward on Wednesday as the city and county are expected to debate the topic in public meetings.
It’s been 13 years since Nevada politicians voted yes and allowed the controversial drug to be approved for use by patients all over the state.
Those patients still can't legally buy the drug to help treat their cancer, pain or depression.
As counties and cities and townships debate and create laws for medical marijuana dispensaries, the public wonders when the dispensaries are going to open up.
Derek Connor represents several hopeful dispensary owners who are wondering the same thing.
Here's the tentative timeline:
Clark county will have a meeting Wednesday to discuss, again, how these dispensaries should operate.
The same day, the City of Las Vegas will meet to talk about whether they even want the dispensaries.
If everything goes well in the county, they will open a special use permit process from April 2nd to the 18th.
Once the state announces their application process, businesses will have just 10 days to get their ducks in a row.
Even with a county permit, at the state level things will get competitive.
“You're going to have to put together a solid team, have a solid business plan, and have to have permission from the locals to open one of these things up,” said attorney Derek Connor, who represents several hopeful dispensary owners.
When will dispensaries open up?
The short answer is that no one really knows.