Arizona’s medical-marijuana patients now can patronize newly opened dispensaries in Reno and Las Vegas and possess up to 2.5 ounces anywhere in Nevada. Arizona, like some of the other 23 states with medical-marijuana laws, allows people with valid medical cards from other states to legally possess marijuana in Arizona, but they can’t legally buy it at Arizona dispensaries.
Nevada apparently is the only state that allows its dispensaries to sell to patients from other states. And now its dispensaries have begun to open, greatly expanding where Arizona’s 80,000 patients can legally buy cannabis. Two Reno-area dispensaries got started in July. Las Vegas saw its first dispensary — Euphoria Wellness — open a couple of weeks ago. More dispensaries in Vegas and elsewhere in Nevada are expected to pop up in the coming months; the state has processed more than 60 dispensary applications.
A representative at the store at 7780 South Jones Boulevard tells New Times that the business already has seen many Arizona patients among its out-of-state customers since it opened on August 17.
The dispensary offers four strains and promises much more, including edibles and concentrates. Supply is limited, in part because of state testing for mold and pesticides that recently resulted in the destruction of several pounds of tainted pot. But with high demand from Nevada residents and tourists, any glitches in the roll out of medical-pot stores probably will be fixed soon.
The 2013 law, meant to finally establish a medical-marijuana program that Nevada voters approved in 2000, declares that Nevada authorities and dispensaries must have access to other states’ medical-marijuana databases to validate non-Nevada residents’ cards. However, Arizona is among the states that don’t let anyone from out of state access medical-marijuana databases because they contain private medical information. So Nevada authorities decided to go with an on-your-honor approach.