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New Health Office to Cut Weeks-Long Medical Marijuana Waits

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A new state health office will cut wait times for southern Nevada medical marijuana applicants.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports patients who had to mail applications to Carson City were waiting several weeks to fill prescriptions.

The recent opening of the new Division of Public and Behavioral Health office in Las Vegas means patients with doctor recommendations can apply and expect to fill prescriptions the same day.

Nevada approved medical marijuana in 2000, but it wasn’t until 2013 that the Legislature passed a plan for cultivation and sales.

Nevada’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened in July 2015 in the city of Sparks.

The more than 10,000 medical marijuana cards issued at that time grew to over 18,000 in circulation today.

Voters will decide a recreational pot measure in November.

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