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Nevada lawmakers tour AZ medical marijuana dispensary


Men in black could be seen coming in and out of a medical marijuana dispensary in Glendale on Friday.

It wasn't a federal raid; it was a group of Nevada lawmakers seeking advice from our state on how to implement their own medical marijuana laws.

Nevada voters passed a constitutional amendment back in 2000 allowing the use of medical marijuana.

But there's still no place where patients can legally buy the drug - like dispensaries.

"You can get cards from the state," said Nevada State Senator Tick Segerblom. "If you know how to do it, you can grow it. But, the reality is, you can't purchase it."

Segerblom is the sponsor of a bill that would legalize medical marijuana dispensaries in Nevada.

"It's actually modeled after Arizona - where it provides for a limited number of dispensaries like this," he said.

Friday morning, Segerblom and five other Nevada lawmakers toured Arizona Organix, Arizona's first medical marijuana dispensary, which opened in December 2012.

"We wanted to come somewhere very small, very tightly regulated and learn first-hand how it works," he said.

Bill Myer, co-owner of Arizona Organix, told CBS-5 News he's honored other states consider his dispensary the current gold standard.

But he's also looking forward to competition as more dispensaries open in the Phoenix-metro area.

"We've got one dispensary for a town of 4 to 5 million people," said Myer. "So, once this program gets operational, it might take a little tweaking as we go forward."

As Arizona ‘learns as it goes,' Segerblom said it's time Nevada does the same.

"We view this as both a revenue enhancer," he said. "Plus, we're enforcing the constitution."

The Nevada legislature begins the voting process in April with a final vote on the dispensary bill in June.

Segerblom said he hopes to see dispensaries open in Nevada within six months if his bill passes.

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