The voters of Nevada legalized medical marijuana back in 2000 but there has never been an easy legal way for patients to access it besides growing their own. That will soon change.

Wednesday Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) signed into law SB 374. The bill was earlier overwhelmingly approved by the state legislature. After more than a decade it will finally establish a system of medical marijuana dispensaries in the state.

All dispensaries will need to be registered and licensed with the state. The bill sets limits the number of dispensaries and where they can be located to avoid an over-concentration of medical marijuana establishments in any one place.

A small 2 percent tax will also be imposed on medical marijuana sales. The revenue generated will be used to pay for cost of regulating the new system and fund schools.

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