Nevada Administrator Okays Medical Pot Regulations

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada's administrator of public health has approved regulations detailing how medical marijuana will be managed and regulated.

After months in the making, Richard Whitley adopted the regulations Friday after a public hearing before the state Board of Health.

The regulations outline rules and procedures for cultivation, processing, testing and distribution of medicinal marijuana in Nevada. Final action is expected later this month by the Legislative Commission.

Nevada voters approved medical marijuana in 2000, but patients have had no legal way to acquire the drug other than to grow it.

A bill approved by the 2013 Legislature and signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval set up a taxing and distribution system to allow patients to buy it.

Whitley says the health division will now focus on implementation