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Nevada MMJ Company Suing State and County Over License Refusal

A Nevada medical marijuana company that was granted a provisional license in 2014 is suing the state and Storey County because they have been unable to open its dispensary due to the county’s refusal to issue them a business license, News 4 & Fox 11 reports.

Ardea Canepa-Rotoli, attorney for the plaintiffs MM R&D, said the company has “done everything they needed to do” to secure a medical marijuana license from the state.

“It’s a process. It takes a lot of money. A lot of time,” she said in the report, noting that her clients have entered into “big commitments” in order to secure their license.

The last thing the company needs to open its doors is a county business license. Canepa-Rotoli said MM R&D owners have tried to set up meetings with county commissioners in order to get the business license proposal on their agenda, but have been unsuccessful. Storey County does not have any ordinances banning dispensaries and, according to the attorney, officials have discussed hosting medical marijuana establishments.

“Every day that they’re not able to have their business running, they’re not only losing money at their business, but they’re also preventing patients in the Storey County Virginia City area from being able to get their medical marijuana — you know, their medicine,” she said.

Two of the three city commissioners said they were unaware of the issue. Storey County District Attorney Anne M. Langer, and County Manager Pat Whitten declined to comment.

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