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Mar 29, 2013 4:23 PM by Eric Ross

Senate bill paves way for medical marijuana shops

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Thirteen years after Nevada voters legalized medicinal marijuana in the state constitution, they may finally get access to the drug.

Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom of Las Vegas presented SB374 to the Senate Judiciary Committee Friday.

The bill sets the framework for establishing and regulating medical marijuana dispensaries in Nevada, and it allows for those dispensaries to operate store fronts for registered medical marijuana patients.

The hearing comes a week after Segerblom took several committee members to tour a medical marijuana dispensary in Arizona.

That venture led to proposed amendments, such as changing the dispensaries from non-profit to for-profit and increasing fees associated with starting and operating a dispensary.

Opponents argue the fees and prices are too high and registered patients should be able to grow more of their own.

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