LAS VEGAS (AP) - Applicants have donated tens of thousands of dollars to the campaigns of elected officials who will determine who gets a limited number of licenses to grow, process and dispense medical marijuana in Nevada's most populous county.
The Las Vegas Sun reports that donations began rolling in days after the seven-member Clark County Commission decided in March to allow medicinal pot businesses.
The commission on Wednesday begins three days of public hearings in Las Vegas to decide which of 81 applicants will get 18 county dispensary licenses.
The newspaper reviewed campaign reports for three commissioners currently required to disclose their contributions.
It found that 14 county medical marijuana permit applicants made 22 contributions totaling $56,900.
The other four commissioners don't have to disclose their contributions until January.