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Powering Pot

There, we said it. Cannabis cultivation facilities are coming to large warehouses in your service territory. Are you ready?

What’s the big deal? They use A LOT of power. Between grow lights, HVAC systems, and humidity controls, indoor cultivation facilities are adding significant megawatts to your load. This is a new issue. Though utilities have faced the large-load challenges of Data Centers, Indoor Agriculture/Cultivation Facilities have more regulatory obstacles, higher risk, and great opportunities. How are utilities in states where marijuana is legal navigating this new industry? What can you learn from them for when it comes to your state?


Distributing marijuana: Alcohol wholesalers want a piece of the profits

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) -- Even before customers can buy recreational marijuana in Nevada, alcohol distributors want to get in on the profits.

Alcohol wholesalers want to earn a piece of that pie by distributing the drug. That's why many alcohol wholesalers are backing a 2016 ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana. If passed, they'd be the middle men between growers and dispensaries.

Irene Lavis wants to see marijuana regulated.

"I think that's an awesome idea. It will keep the crime rates down, if you regulate it you will be able to track where the pot is going," says Lavis.

Nevada State Senator Tick Segerblom supports the measure.


In pain and tired of waiting for legal marijuana

For more than a year, Sheila Gerstenzang has carried the card in her wallet: "Medical Marijuana Patient."

But she's yet to purchase a single bit of marijuana.

After a year of frustration and more than $200 out of her pocket, she gave up and let her card expire in May.

Months of delays in opening the first legal Las Vegas-area dispensary have cost investors money and frustrated advocates. But the effect on patients has been the most cruel.

There are more than 9,300 active marijuana cardholders in Nevada, including almost 6,700 in Clark County. There also are an untold number like Gerstenzang who have given up, at least for now.


Nevada: How to start a medical marijuana business

Understand the market

Figuring out the demand for product in a particular area determines so much about one's business, according to Kayvan Khalatbari, founding partner at Denver Relief Consulting. Once someone knows how much marijuana they should grow and/or sell, they can establish how much room they will need for their establishment.

Scout out potential properties


Grow4Vets teams up to give free cannabis to veterans

DENVER, CO (KDVR/CNN) - Grow4Vets has been handing out cannabis to military veterans for a year in Colorado.

But the state's medical board has just ruled not to recognize marijuana as a treatment for PTSD.

High There! a cannabis-sharing social network teamed up with Grow4Vets to host an impromptu rally on their Save a Million Vets Tour.

“Now we've created a tour around the country called the Save a Million Vets Tour," Co-founder and CEO of High There! Todd Mitchem said.

Veterans lined up early in Rino's Taxi district, most wearing their colors, letting folks know where they served.

Mitchem came up with the first social sharing network for cannabis users. Now he is partnering with Grow4Vets, helping vets get medication.


Historic day in Nevada: First medical marijuana sales after 15-year wait

SPARKS, Nev. — Fifteen years after Nevadans voted to legalize it, medical marijuana was sold legally in the state for the first time Friday at a dispensary in a strip mall about 5 miles east of downtown Reno.

Dressed in polo shirts, tie-dyes and button-downs, about 75 people with medical marijuana cards lined up outside Silver State Relief, between a sub shop and pizza place in Sparks, to be among the first to buy as much as a half-ounce of pot for $195.

“It smells good in there,” said Dana Metz, 64, a retired General Motors worker who said he suffers from back pain, insomnia and anxiety. He was the first in line two hours before the doors opened just after 10 a.m.


Nevada's First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens Today in Sparks

"Looking back, it was stressful then," said Aron Swan, General Manager of Silver State Relief. "And here we are, the day before we open, and it's completely elevated."

Nevada's first medical marijuana dispensary will open Friday, July 31 at 10:00 AM. The opening has been in the works for quite some time. 

"It's been going on for nearly 2 years," said Swan. 

Silver State Relief will sell six different types of medical marijuana. The facility on east Greg Street is only a dispensary. Their cultivation plant is near the site, at an undisclosed location. But in order to bring the marijuana here, they have to share travel plans with the Sparks Police Department.


Marijuana dispensary says business going to pot amid opening delays

Frustrated by months of delays, a medical marijuana dispensary is requesting internal Clark County records and threatening a lawsuit to get the store open.

Euphoria Wellness, on Jones Boulevard near Robindale Road, passed state and county inspections in April and has been ready to open since.

But the dispensary hasn’t been able to obtain marijuana because approved cultivation facilities have been slow to start and haven’t produced a viable batch.


DigiPath Labs Advocating for Cannabis Industry Standards that Promote Public Safety and Health

LAS VEGAS -- DigiPath, Inc. (OTCBB and OTCQB: DIGP), the independent cannabis testing and media firm, has joined the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Production (CRCP), a nationally focused industry standards and production protocols organization.

DigiPath and CRCP are currently collaborating with the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) to address public health and safety issues related to the cannabis industry.


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.


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