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Clark County looks at logistics of legalizing marijuana

Posted at 6:35 PM, Dec 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-06 22:56:36-05

The countdown is on to legalize marijuana.

It's been almost a month since Nevada voters passed Question 2 -- allowing people 21 and older to have up to an ounce of pot starting Jan. 1.

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Clark County is working with regulators and asking questions of the industry to iron out the details of making recreational marijuana a reality.

"I don't think anybody has the answers to the questions and the reason we had the discussion [Tuesday] is because there are no answers," said Steve Sisolak, the chairman of the Clark County Commission. "Let's get the questions out there and start working toward some of the answers."

Arguably the chief concern is that there won't be anywhere to legally buy pot when the law goes into effect.

Andrew Jolley, a co-owner of The Source Dispensary, says Nevada should look to Oregon on how to solve that problem. In Oregon, existing medical dispensaries were cleared to sell recreationally.

"Let's piggyback off the medical infrastructure that we already have in place that's been running very well for a year and a half," Jolley said. "Let's utilize that and reduce the influence of the black market so we can get these sales happening as soon as possible."

The whole thing is a bureaucratic labyrinth.

Clark County commissioners must wait for state lawmakers to do their part before tackling our regulations down here.

A big concern for Sisolak and the others is the matter of edibles.

"How is it not going to look like a gummy bear?" said Commissioner Susan Brager. "How is it not going to look like bubble gum or red or green or yellow?"

The question of packaging also gives the commissioners pause.

"I'll put a 3-year-old in a room and I'll tell you they can open up just about anything and they know how to use scissors," Brager said.

Sisolak acknowledged the industry wants to keep products away from kids as much as he does.

Other issues that will be looked at include land use, zoning, advertising, taxing and the locations and hours of retail dispensaries.