LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Nevada's proposed laws on medical marijuana dispensaries haven't even been cemented, but already they're being touted as some of the most robust and progressive the country has seen.
“What Nevada is doing now is unprecedented to any other state,” said Paul Cody, who is a medical marijuana patient, as well as a former collective owner in California.
Cody says it's because of these laws that he moved to Clark County.
“They are making the best decisions with as much education and wisdom that they have available,” Cody says.
As Nevadans watching this unfold, leaders in the medical marijuana industry that have seen legislation evolve state-to-state are watching too.
Steep Hill Halent is the first and largest cannabis testing laboratory. Located in California, President Adam Mintz says Nevada’s testing is taking it to levels-- that in the past-- other states hadn't considered.
“You see most states are only testing for potency. The fact that they leave out Terpenoids is a big oversight in my opinion-- they give plants their smell, their taste, their flavor, and additionally their medicinal quality,” Mintz said. “What Nevada has done is they have required also the testing of Terpenoid content.”
The result is giving patients and doctors in Nevada additional confidence when making decisions based on the individual's medical needs.
"These consumers are going to have so much information on their hands that they will be some of the most informed consumers in the United States as far as medical marijuana is concerned," Mintz said.
"We are actually taking what was looked at as a counter-culture or black market -- and bringing it to the light and the forefront," Cody said.
The Department of Health will hold a public hearing on medical marijuana dispensaries Friday morning. Clark county plans to vote on the ordinance Wednesday.