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Towns to hear medical marijuana presentation

Staff Reports

The Gardnerville and Minden town boards will weigh in with their feelings about having medical marijuana establishments in their communities this week.

On Friday, the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health announced it will accept applications for medical marijuana establishments Aug. 5-18. The application form can be found on the department of health’s Medical Marijuana Program web page at:

Douglas County has imposed a temporary ban on medical marijuana establishments while it collects information to produce an ordinance.

Genoans said they didn’t have anything in particular against medical marijuana, but they didn’t think any of the businesses would be a fit for the town.

Deputy District Attorney Cynthea Gregory said she is going to the towns and improvement districts gathering input.

Douglas County’s temporary 180-day ban on establishments is in effect until Sept. 16. County commissioners could extend the temporary ban until March 2015.

Gregory said there were 129 medical marijuana cardholders in Douglas County, all of whom grow their own.

Douglas County is allowed one dispensary under state law, but is not under an obligation to approve one, Gregory said.

Gardnerville Town Board members were scheduled to hear Gregory’s presentation at their regular meeting Tuesday. Minden Town Board members will hear the issue at their meeting 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Applications to the state must be submitted with the $5,000 nonrefundable fee. Applicants are eligible to apply and be ranked, whether they have applied at a local government level or not.

According to the state, there are more than 40 pages of text applicants will need to understand as they submit their applications.

“In addition to the merit criteria outlined in the law, applicants will need to submit notarized forms attesting they do not have any disqualifying felony convictions and declaring whether they are subject to a court order for child support,” Nevada Department of Health spokeswoman Mary Woods said. “If they are, they must declare whether they are in compliance with the court’s order. If they are not in compliance with the court’s order, they are not an eligible party to receive a medical marijuana registration certificate.”

Following the passage of Senate Bill 374 of the 2013 Legislative Session, Marla McDade Williams, Deputy Administrator for the Division of Public and Behavioral Health, led the effort to put the new regulations in place.

“We greatly appreciated the input and patience of all of the stakeholders that were involved in this process. Together, we have come a long way in a very short period. By being receptive to feedback received throughout the process, we believe the application allows applicants to promote their unique business model,” said McDade Williams.

Not only must medical marijuana establishment operators obtain permission, property owners must also declare on a form provided in the application that they are authorizing an establishment to use the property as a medical marijuana establishment.

To ensure there are no biases as applications are reviewed and scored, applicants are prohibited from submitting their response on company letterhead.

Individual names of owners, officers, board members, or key staff are not to be used in certain text of the application. There is an Identifier Form that will be required and is essential for applicants to use as they write their responses.

Applicants will be provided an opportunity to waive confidentiality if they want information in their applications to be shared with local government jurisdictions.