Las Vegas – lawsuit by marijuana businesses denied

LAS VEGAS — A preliminary injunction lawsuit by several medical marijuana businesses has been denied. That ruling was handed down by a District Court judge Friday.

This means Judge Kathleen Delaney has ruled the state of Division of Public and Behavioral Health properly followed all rules in ranking, reviewing and ultimately selected 18 applicants for provisional medical marijuana registration certificates in unincorporated Clark County. This decision comes despite the state attorney general’s office expressing concern about how the state process was completed.

The case first came to light when a group of dispensary applicants requested a “do-over” of sorts because they said the state’s ranking process wasn’t fair or transparent. They wanted to see if the state would give them a second chance at opening up their dispensary doors to medical marijuana customers.

When Clark County approved 18 dispensaries earlier this year, the state only approved 10 of them. Five of the eight applicants who got county approval, but not state approval, opted to sue the state of Nevada, the Department of Health an

Congress Hands A Mixed Bag to Marijuana Movement

The year-end spending bill gives momentum to the marijuana movement, plus a painful setback

For the marijuana legalization movement, 2014 ends the way it began: with legal changes that showcase the movement’s momentum alongside its problems.

Tucked into the 1,603-page year-end spending bill Congress released Tuesday night were a pair of provisions that affect proponents of cannabis reform. Together they form a metaphor for the politics of legal cannabis—an issue that made major bipartisan strides this year, but whose progress is hampered by a tangle of local, state and federal statutes that have sown confusion and produced contradictory justice.

First the good news for reformers: the proposed budget would prohibit law enforcement officials from using federal funds to prosecute patients or legal dispensaries in the 32 states, plus the District of Columbia, that passed some form of medical-marijuana legalization. The provision was crafted by a bipartisan group of representatives and passed the Republican-controlled House in May for the first time in seven tries. If passed into law, it would mark a milestone for the movement, restricting raids against dispensaries and inoculating patients from being punished for an activity that is legal where they live but in violation of federal law.

“The enactment of this legislation will mark the first time in decades that the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana, and has instead taken an approach to respect the many states that have permitted the use of medical marijuana to some degree,” Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said in a statement to TIME. The California Republican’s work on the issue reflects the strange coalition that has sprung up to support cannabis reform as the GOP’s libertarian wing gains steam and voters’ views evolve.

At the same time, the House chose to overrule Washington, D.C., on the issue. Last month voters in the District chose to liberalize its marijuana laws, passing an initiative that legalized the possession, consumption and cultivation of recreational marijuana. The move, which was supported by about 70% of the capital’s voters, paved the way for D.C. to follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington State by establishing a tax-and-regulatory structure for cannabis sales in 2015.

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Recreational Cannabis qualifies for the 2016 ballot In Nevada

Nevada’s top election official has confirmed that an initiative to legalize recreational marijuana will be on the ballot for the 2016 election. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol turned in more than 200,000 signatures in support of the initiative, which far exceeded the 102,000 signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.

Secretary of State Ross Miller certified that the coalition had indeed submitted more than enough signatures before the November 12th deadline, thus forcing Nevada’s 2015 legislature to consider the issue or automatically put it on the 2016 ballot for the general election.

This means that, best case scenario, Nevada state legislature may legalize recreational cannabis as early as end of session 2015. Worst case scenario, the initiative will be automatically placed on the 2016 ballot where, presumably, the hundreds of thousands of Nevadans who support recreational legalization (or just recognize its touristy benefits) can vote in support during the general election.

Sounds like it’s time to start planning a trip to Vegas!

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Vegas OKs 26 medical marijuana dispensaries

Las Vegas’ first round of marijuana permit hearings was a marathon, not a sprint.

City Council members spent the better part of 16 hours mulling preliminary land use and licensing entitlements sought by 50 would-be medical marijuana business operators on Tuesday and Wednesday.

They approved 26 dispensaries, more than double the number set aside for the city by Nevada regulators.

It remains unclear how many of those city-qualified applicants will get the go-ahead from the state health department.

Applicants who receive both city and state credentials will be routed back to the City Council for a final, as-yet-unscheduled suitability hearing.

Those whose applications are denied in both jurisdictions will have to hope for better luck next year.

City Council members denied credentials to 11 permit applicants, citing everything from missing paperwork to questions over onsite security.

Five hybrid production and cultivation permits were tabled to a later date and five others were withdrawn at the applicants’ request.

Action on those permits almost didn’t get off the ground, thanks to a last-minute motion that aimed to put off an up-or-down vote on the city’s medical marijuana hopefuls until after Nevada regulators are expected to hand down their opinion on the applicants on Monday.

Councilman Bob Coffin’s motion to delay proceedings failed 3-3, with Mayor Carolyn Goodman abstaining. Goodman’s son Ross is involved with an application that was unanimously approved by city leaders Wednesday.

Coffin, who has warned of potential lawsuits stemming from the city’s decision to anoint hopefuls before they get the state’s blessing, said a weeklong delay would allow city leaders to approach land use and licensing approvals with an “unbiased eye.”

He was backed by Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian and Councilman Ricki Barlow. Together, the three represent all but one of the city’s 29 newly approved shop, grow house and production facility locations.

It took council members 45 minutes to finally approve the city’s first medical cannabis shop applicant, one that more than a dozen area residents stood up to oppose.

Neighbors’ misgivings were trumped by city leaders representing the west side of the valley, where Bob Beers, Stavros Anthony and Steve Ross overrode Tarkanian’s bid to deny approval for a dispensary at 3500 W. Sahara Ave.

All three later joined the councilwoman in denying shop credentials to Nuleaf, a Las Vegas-based company owned by longtime California dispensary operators with Berkeley Patients Group.

Nuleaf spokesman Bradley Mayer called the group “one of the longest-running dispensary operators in the country” and lamented the city’s decision to deny it a special-use permit without first hearing from state regulators.

“I believe waiting would have made a difference,” Mayer said. “We feel confident the state will find we are a very qualified applicant. … So yes, we were in favor of having all that information available.”

Notables approved for a city permit include restaurateur Michael Morton, downtown entrepreneur Michael Cornthwaite, developer James Hammer, former Assemblyman Mark James, political consultant David Thomas and professional poker player Phil Ivey.

Sparks, Nevada – medical business licensing info

Sparks council members approved amendments to business licenses for medical marijuana establishments.
Sparks City Council members passed amendments on medical marijuana business licenses in a 4-1 vote on Monday.

Councilman Mike Carrigan voted down the amendments, which set fees for applicants looking to open a pot establishment such as a growing facility, testing lab or dispensary.

“The whole medical marijuana establishments for us has been a three-step process,” city spokesman Adam Mayberry said.

“So this is the third and final step that basically allows (a marijuana facility),” Mayberry said. “If in fact they’re going to set up a business in this city, they’ll need a business license. Our business licenses never allowed that.”
Business licensing fees vary depending on the type of medical marijuana facility, Mayberry said.

Testing labs will be required to pay an $80 yearly base fee, while cultivation and production facilities will pay a $3,000 annual fee.

All three establishments also will need to pay an additional $1 for each $1,000 in gross receipts in excess of $10,000.
Meanwhile, dispensaries pay an annual base fee of $5,000 plus $5 for each $1,000 in excess of $10,000, Sparks City Manager Steve Driscoll said.

The city of Sparks won’t be issuing licenses until the state has its ranking and gives the city recommendations, Councilman Ron Smith said at Monday’s meeting.

Sparks police can also suggest revocation when they come across something that justifies it, Sparks city planner Armando Ornelas said.
“We wouldn’t expect business applicants to submit an application immediately,” Ornelas said.

Washoe County Asks for More Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Washoe County has asked the state of Nevada for more medical marijuana dispensaries to be allowed in the county, and city of Reno.

At a meeting Tuesday, county commissioners directed staff to request an increase in the number of medical marijuana dispensary allocations.

Right now, the county is allowed four dispensaries: two each for Reno and Sparks.

If approved, the action would increase the number of allocations to three for Reno and two for Sparks.

City Of Las Vegas releases list of applicants

By JANE ANN MORRISON
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

The full list of applicants hoping to win approval to open medical marijuana establishments within the City of Las Vegas is listed below. The address is the site they plan to use. Some have filed for multiple dispensary sites and some are seeking a dispensary, a cultivation site and a production site.

DISPENSARIES

Medmen, 2908 S. Highland Dr. Members Carrie Richardson, Cary Richardson, David Thomas, Tanisha Patterson, James Green, Barbara Allen, Dawn McAuliffe, Adam Bierman, George Bochanis, Glenda White and Ted Green. Managing members Kathy Gillespie, Dominick Prudenti and Andrew Modlin. CEO Duke Fu.

Acres Medical LLC, 2320 Western Ave. CEO Michael Morton, vice presidents Jenna Morton, Paris Balaouras and Matthew Kavanaugh, and CFO John Mueller.

Nevada Wellness Center LLC, 3200 S. Valley View Blvd. Managers Frank Hawkins and Andre Rhodes and member Luther Mack.

MMJ America, 900 S. 4th St. Members Bruce Herischfeld, Elaine Sanchez, Luis Felipe Valera, Otto Merida, Richard Perkins, Kelly Sullivan, Scott Sibley, Richard Crighton, Ryan Welch and Chris Shelton.

Desert Aire of Las Vegas, 420 E Sahara Ave. Owner Michael Sudekamp and managers Brenda Gunsallus, Susan Lera, Paula Newman, Stacey Nunn and Darlene Davis.

Compassionate Care of Las Vegas, 2601 Highland Dr. Manager/member Shahrom Paul Mashouf, members Margareth Mashouf, Daniel Simon and Francine Sanchez.

Natural Medicine LLC, 2411 Western Ave. Managers Ze’ev Yacobovsky, Elad Yerushalmi and Donald Forman Jr. Members Olive Branch Consulting, Lili Enterprises LLC, Mordechai Yerushalmi, and DF Investment LLC.

Boulevard Medical LLC, 1600 Las Vegas Blvd., suite 150 and 160. Managing member Mark James, CEO D. Neal Tomlison, COO Douglas Kuperman, GM Craig O’Loughlin, assistant GM, Darci Buswell.

Commerce Park Medical, 1112 S. Commerce St. Owners Phillip Peckman, Edward Findlay and Julie Murray.

Premium Produce City LLC, 215 N. Third St. Managers/members Priscilla Vilchis, Stephen Silverman, Sharon Poon. members Paul Nowak, Courtney Hunt, Michael Spriggs and Peter Maheu.

Premium Produce City LLC, 707 N. Main St. Managers/members Priscilla Vilchis, Stephen Silverman, Sharon Poon. Members Paul Nowak, Courtney Hunt, Michael Spriggs and Peter Maheu.

GB Sciences, 921 Las Vegas Blvd., suite 100. Managing members James Hammer, John Beuchat, James Meservey, Michael Viellion, Craig Ellins, manager Steve Weldon and officer Andrea Small-Howard.

GB Sciences, 1040 S. Rainbow Blvd., suite 102. Managing members James Hammer, John Beuchat, James Meservey, Michael Viellion, Craig Ellins, manager Steve Weldon and officer Andrea Small-Howard.

Diversified Modalities Retail LTD, 5350 W Charleston Blvd. Managers Vuu Luu, David Snipper, Stephen Dubin, owners Robert Bien, Anh Ngo, Kevin Trinh and Jerome Washington.

Cannabis Renaissance, 2706 S Highland Dr. Managing members Mohit Asnani, Jay Jacobs, Pradipkumar Patel, Sheraz Warraich, Hiram Sedano and Matthey Neely.

Qualcan of Las Vegas, 546 N Eastern Ave., suite 155-160. Managing members Lorenzo Barracco, Anthony DeCarla, member Daniel Perla.

GreenMart of Nevada LLC, 721 N. Rancho Dr. Managing members Joel Laub and Elizabeth Staviola and member Christine Flores.

GreenMart of Nevada Charleston LLC, 1925 W Charleston Blvd. Managing members Joel Laub and Elizabeth Staviola, members John DiBella and Christine Flores.

GreenMart of Nevada LLC, 1512 S. Main St. Managing members Joel Laub and Elizabeth Staviola, member Christine Flores.

Nevada Wellness Project, 823 South Third St. Managing members Ted Loh, James Vanas and David Cohen, member James Slatic.

Naturex, 1860 Western Ave. General manager Robert Frey, managing member Michael Frey, member Brian Kessler and assistant manager Kyle Wyloge.

Green Leaf Medical LLC, 3190 W Sahara Ave. CEO Mark Bradley, vice president Michael Berk, CMO Dr. Andrew Jones, chief security officer Steven Rybar, chief compliance officer Mark Terbeek, director Kathryn Peterson and vice chief security officer Joel Logan.

Las Vegas Releaf, 2242-2246 Paradise Road. CEO/COO Edward Bernstein, operations manager Alfred Fasano, CFO Frank Gard Jameson, CMO Florence Jameston, members Ross Goodman, Dipti Shah, Thomas Boeckle and Philip Boeckle.

Serenity Wellness Center, 1800 S Industrial Road Suite 102. Executive director Todd Swanson, director of operations Debra Freeman, director of finance Benjamin Sillitoe and director of legal affairs Gary Schnitzer.

Physis One, 231 W. Charleston Blvd., suites 110 and 120. Sole members MS One LLC, Altern8 LLC. Stephen Yoken, Battle Born NV LLC, Binker LLC, and Quequechan LLC, manager Michael Stein, and member/managers Omar Nagy, M. Nafees Nagy, Stephen Yoken and Tina Eschweller.

Red Rock Wellness LLC, 604 N. Main St. Members Etrica Jo Justis, Kerry Simon, John Williams, Ariel Farah, James Campos, Michael Politz, Guadalupe McNulty, Cecilia Strieber, Rahmeen Farudi, Cyrus Farudi, Andrew Berman and manager Sohrob Farudi.

TopPharm LLC, 7580 W. Sahara Ave. Managing member Anthony DeLuca.

TopPharm LLC, 1615 Las Vegas Blvd. Managing member Anthony DeLuca.

Buffalo Center Medical Advocates, 1591 N. Buffalo Dr., suite 130. Owners Amy Hooks, Robert Hasman, Mark Kanter, Peter Rozok and Susan Paulson Rozok.

NuVeda, 1320 S. Third St. CEO Pejman, COO Shane Terry, CMO Pouya Mohajer, general counsel Jennifer Goldstein, CFO Joseph Kennedy and senior security advisors John Penders and Ryan Winmill.

Blossum Group LLC, 810 S. Fourth St. Member managers Bahram Danesh and Kaivan Kermani. Members Andrew Hagopian, Bobby Williams and Bryan Gonzales.

Great Basin Care, 2307 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Owners Unified, LLC; KHOD Holdings, LLC; and CC Nevada, LLC. Managers are Camille Ruvo, Armen Yemenidjian and Micheal Abbot.

Samantha’s Remedies, 3500 W. Sahara Ave., President/director Erminia Drobkin. Secretary/treasurer and director Bill Drobkin.

Primo Dispensary, 3120 S Valley View Blvd., suite B. Director Paul Andres, secretary/treasurer/director Mark Destephano and president director T.J. Jesky.

Encanto Green Cross, 5310 W. Sahara Ave., suite B. President Nicholas Kriaris, vice president Christopher Kriaris, treasurer Tammy Nguyen and secretary Taryn Nguyen.

Green Light, 815 S 3rd St. President Yasaman Temraz.

Natural Apothecary LLC, 5801 W Craig Road, suite 110. Members John Carnesale, Bryan Williams, Henry Lictenberger and Barry Lindermann.

Welleaf, 1800 Western Ave. Members Allen Puliz, Amy Sugden, Steven Rosen, David Thomas and Danny Thomas.

Herbal Choice Inc., 5243 W. Charleston Blvd. Owners Noel Pontell, Nadine Morton, Kenneth Green, Raymond Flynn, and Francis Abrao.

NuLeaf CLV Dispensary, 4500 W Charleston Blvd. CEOs Timothy Schick and Sean Luse, CPO Etienne Fontan, CFO Benjamin Sabouri, development director Kenneth Kuykendall, investors Jeff and Paulette Carpoff and Michael Paglia.

Blum LV, 1921 Western Ave. Owners Terra Tech Corp., Camden Goorjian, Richard Vonfeldt, manager/CFO Derek Peterson. Directors Martin Kaufman, Michael Betts. President Salwa Ibrahim, COO Ken Vande Vrede, CFO Michael James, directors Mike Nahass, Steven Ross, Mike Vande Vrede and Steve Vande Vrede, treasurer Amy Oppedisano.

Releaf Retail LLC, 601 N. Main St., suite 100. Managing member Gregory Pike, members Jacquelyn Lavin and Sigal Chattah.

Silver Sage Wellness, 4626 W. Charleston Blvd. Owners James Blasco, Pamela Blasco, Chrisopher Sarrett and Kayvan Khalatbari.

Greenbox, 2200 S. Rainbow Blvd., suite 2212 and 2214. Owners Daniel Brasov and Chad Christensen.

Over the Rainbow, 2300 N. Rainbow Blvd., suite 122. CEO William Mason, CFO James Mason, COO Sam Sadis, board members Philip Gosch,Michael Schaeman, Dustin Charapata and Jeff Montgomery.

99 High Desert Healing, 827 Las Vegas Blvd. Owners Yvonne Green, Sam Boyer, Bernalyn Gutierrez, Josephine Griffin and Mitch Griffin.

Boulevard Wellness, 1340 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Managing members Howard Schwartz, Drew Gennuso and Michael Vu. Members Antonio Estandiari and Brett Ottolenghi.

Main Street Wellness, 319 S. Main St. Managing members Howard Schwartz, Drew Gennuso and Michael Vu. Members Antonio Estandiari and Brett Ottolenghi.

M’Life Wellness LLC, 2800 Highland Dr. Managing member Darvin Gomez, owners Daniel Lutz and Pasquale Laurito.

CULTIVATION

Compassionate Team of Las Vegas LLC, 2601 Highland Dr. Manager/member Shahrom Paul Mashouf, members Margareth Mashouf, Daniel Simon and Jose Mario Sanchez.

Highland Medical, 1916 S Highland Ave. Richard Gnocchi.

Acres Medical LLC, 2320 Western Ave. CEO Michael Morton, vice presidents Jenna Morton, Paris Balaouras and Matthew Kavanaugh and CFO John Mueller.

Nuleaf CLV Cultivation, 1018 S. Commerce St. CEOs Timothy Schick and Sean Luse, CPO Etienne Fontan, CFO Benjamin Sabouri, development director Kenneth Kuykendall, investors Jeff and Paulette Carpoff, Michael Paglia and John Sande III.

ReLeaf Cultivation LLC, 601 N Main St., suite 100. Managing member Gregory Pike, members Jacquelyn Lavin and Sigal Chattah.

Medmen, 2908 S. Highland Dr. Members Carrie Richardson, Cary Richardson, David Thomas, Tanisha Patterson, James Green, Barbara Allen, Dawn McAuliffe, Adam Bierman, George Bochanis, Glenda White and Ted Green. Managing members Kathy Gillespie, Dominick Prudenti and Andrew Modlin. CEO Duke Fu.

Cannabis Renaissance, 2702 S Highland Dr. Managing members Mohit Asnani, Jay Jacobs, Pradipkumar Patel, Sheraz Warraich, Hiram Sedano and Matthey Neely.

Infinite Wellness Incorporate, 2750 Highland Drive, unit E. CEO/President Jonathan William Herda.

Boulevard Medical LLC, 2900 Highland Dr., building 20. Managing member Mark James, CEO D. Neal Tomlison, COO Douglas Kuperman, GM Craig O’Loughlin and assistant GM Darci Buswell.

PRODUCTION

Acres Medical LLC, 2320 Western Ave. CEO Michael Morton, vice presidents Jenna Morton, Paris Balaouras and Matthew Kavanaugh, CFO John Mueller.

Natural Baked Goods LLC, 5801 W. Craig Road, suite 120. Members listed are John Carnesale, Bryan Williams, Henry Lictenberger and Barry Lindermann.

Cannabis Renaissance, 2706 S Highland Dr. Managing members Mohit Asnani, Jay Jacobs, Pradipkumar Patel, Sheraz Warraich, Hiram Sedano and Matthey Neely.

ReLeaf Edibles, 601 N. Main St. Managing member Gregory Pike, members Jacquelyn Lavin and Sigal Chattah.

Boulevard Medical LLC, 2900 Highland Dr., building 20. Managing member Mark James, CEO D. Neal Tomlison, COO Douglas Kuperman, GM Craig O’Loughlin and assistant GM Darci Buswell.