Unfilled state regulatory jobs could delay medical marijuana openings in Las Vegas

Dozens of medical marijuana businesses in Las Vegas could face delays in their opening dates. The state isn’t rethinking the law that legalized the growth and sale of cannabis for patients’ use. Rather, it’s having trouble filling bureaucratic posts responsible for signing off on the dispensaries' compliance with that law.

After two recent employee departures, there are currently no inspectors based in Southern Nevada. In the meantime, one based in Northern Nevada has been traveling south when needed. The state is currently working to fill those vacancies.

Members of the medical marijuana industry are raising concerns about the turnover.

"Any new inspectors the state hires will need some time to come up to speed and learn about these facilities and regulations," said Amanda Connor, an attorney with several medical marijuana clients. "It might create a backlog or delay in the licensing and the facilities would have to wait to open."...

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