Las Vegas’ first medical marijuana dispensary opened its doors Monday — more than 15 years after Nevadans voted to legalize medical marijuana in their state.
Euphoria Wellness is located a few miles southwest of the Las Vegas Strip and will serve patients in Clark County and the Las Vegas Valley. Euphoria’s owners limited sales to the first 200 patients in the door Monday and Tuesday, but will serve any patient with a valid MMJ Card starting Wednesday.
While Euphoria Wellness isn’t the first dispensary to open in the entire state (the first opened in Sparks July 31), it is the first to serve the Las Vegas area, where about 70% of the state’s 9,542 MMJ patients reside.
While Nevada voters legalized medical marijuana back in 2000, it wasn’t until 2013 that Nevada legislature passed a plan for cultivation and sales. Though the path to a functioning MMJ industry in the state took this long to enact, many activists are hopeful Nevada will legalize recreational marijuana in 2016 — and if so, hopefully not take 15 years to see sales.