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Las Vegas's Medical Marijuana Rules
February 21, 2015 – 10:30 am
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The city of Las Vegas finally released its comprehensive medical marijuana local rules. These rules hinge on zoning, permitting, and business licensing with fees attached accordingly. Stakeholders were worried when the city stalled on its development of these rules, mainly because it was looking as though the city attorney and the city council were getting cold feet.

Now that the rules are out there are no big surprises. Just as we expected, Las Vegas has embraced heavy regulations for its future MMJ’ers and it is not going to be easy to get a Las Vegas cannabis retail license as only twelve dispensaries total will be permitted and space is very limited for all potential licensees.

Here are some of the highlights from the local rules that you need to know if you want to apply for a city of Las Vegas business license and special use permit:

  • The application window begins at 7:30 a.m. on July 8, 2014 and ends at 3:00 p.m. on July 17, 2014.
  • Applications must be physically hand-delivered to the city’s business license department.
  • Anyone submitting an application must attend a pre-application workshop, which began the week of June 9, 2014–these workshops are very important as they cover all submittal requirements. Only up to four representatives or owners of the applying company may attend.
  • Available meeting dates for the pre-application workshops are extremely limited. As of this post, ALL meeting times have already filled up and more will be added, but only on a first come, first serve basis.
  • All applicants must apply for both a business license (with a non-refundable $5, 000 fee) and a conditional use permit (with a non-refundable fee of up to $1, 780) for each license for which they apply.
  • To get a special use permit, you first have to be in the right zoning in the city. Dispensaries can locate within commercial districts (C-1 and C-2 zones) and industrial districts (C-M and M zones). Cultivation and production facilities can locate in industrial districts (C-M and M zones).
  • Dispensaries will be allowed on Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street east of Eighth Street.
  • No licensee can be located within 1, 000 feet of any school.
  • No licensee can be located within 300 feet of any individual care center licensed for more than 12 children, public community recreational facility, city park, or church/house of worship.
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