Nevada MMJ patients no longer have to wait weeks for prescriptions

Nevada MMJ patients no longer have to wait weeks for prescriptions

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

Patients who had to mail applications to Carson City were waiting several weeks to fill prescriptions, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The new Division of Public and Behavioral Health office in Las Vegas opened as the result of a partnership between the state and the Nevada Dispensary Association. The office means patients with doctor recommendations can apply and expect to fill prescriptions the same day.

Association Executive Director Riana Durrett said the new office removes weeks of waiting for patients with cancer and multiple sclerosis.

It will allow them to obtain medicine the same day they start the application process, Durrett said.

Joe Pollock, the state divisions deputy administrator, said the change streamlines the medical marijuana application process.

We are pleased to expedite, improve and simplify this process to make the medical use of marijuana more readily accessible for patients, Pollock said.

State Sen. Patricia Farley also expressed support for the office. The Las Vegas Republican has said the marijuana industry can help diversify the Nevada economy.

Removing barriers to simple, efficient access to medical marijuana patient cards for our states patients is an encouraging sign of ...

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