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Medical marijuana: Provisional licenses OK’d for Incline Village locations

A medical marijuana patient from California exhales smoke in this 2010 photo. It's now legal in Nevada to smoke, eat and ingest approved medical marijuana.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Nevada health officials Monday issued provisional licenses to applicants for medical marijuana dispensaries, and it appears as many as two were for North Lake Tahoe.

Of the 55 dispensaries OK'd, five are proposed for locations in unincorporated Washoe County, which includes Incline Village/Crystal Bay.

Of those five, only three licensees agreed to have their identities released — Nevada Organix, Tryke Companies and Nuleaf Sparks Cultivation.

According to applications filed with the state this summer, seven locations in Incline Village/Crystal Bay were proposed, three by Nevada Organix and one each by Tryke (in Crystal Bay) and Nuleaf. Tryke also proposed a second location in Spanish Springs.

It's unclear as of this writing which specific locations were provisionally approved, as the state only released the names of companies.

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READ MORE: The state of Nevada on Monday released the list of provisionally approved and denied locations to medical marijuana dispensaries.

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The other two declined to reveal themselves under confidentiality provisions included in the state law authorizing medical marijuana providers to operate in Nevada.

Under that law, each county was allowed a specific number of dispensaries — in Washoe County's case, 10, with five for the unincorporated area.

In a previous story, Marsha Berkbigler, whose seat on the Washoe County Commission represents Incline Village/Crystal Bay, said the county has the responsibility to make sure facilities are disbursed throughout the county so all residents are provided reasonable access to medicine.

While she foresaw the likelihood of only one dispensary in the Incline area, it's unclear what Monday's news that potentially two or more Incline locations received provisional approval may mean.

Moving forward, to actually open for business, all state-approved applicants must get local approval, including various zoning, business licensing and other issues.

For Incline/Crystal Bay, that means eventual approval by the Washoe County Commission. The county has 15 days from Monday to review applications.

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READ MORE: Earlier this year, Washoe County released the list of potential locations for medical marijuana establishments based on 519 total applications submitted to the state.

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State officials have made it clear they don't intend to force any county or city to officially license any of the facilities.

In addition to dispensaries — which supply medicinal marijuana products to consumers who hold valid Marijuana Registry Cards — the state also regulates and provides separate permits for those who cultivate medicinal marijuana, produce edible marijuana products, and for labs that test the product for THC concentration and contaminants.

The Incline applications were only for dispensaries. According to the county, a medical marijuana dispensary "delivers or sells marijuana or related supplies and educational materials to patients or care givers with a valid Nevada medical marijuana identification card."

— Nevada Appeal Reporter Geoff Dornan contributed to this report.

Local applications

The following seven locations had applications submitted as potential locations for a dispensary in Incline/Crystal Bay, according to Washoe County.

10 Stateline Road, Crystal Bay (Tryke Companies)*

874 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village (Nevada Organix)*

754 Mays Blvd., Incline Village

754 Mays Blvd, Unit No. 12, Incline Village (Nevada Organix)*

760 Mays Blvd., Unit No. 9, Incline Village (Nevada Organix)*

288 Village Blvd. Unit Nos. 3 and 4, Incline Village

877 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village (Nuleaf Sparks)*

* Nuleaf, Tryke and Nevada Organix all received provisional approval Monday from the state of Nevada for a dispensary, although it’s unclear currently for which locations.