Arizona-based marijuana certification center finding success in Nevada

The Source marijuana dispensary co-owner and CEO Andrew Jolley says several people a day used to walk into his dispensary and ask how to obtain a medical marijuana card.

Now, he only needs to point next door, where Sun Valley Certification Clinic opened in October at 2550 S. Rainbow Blvd.

“We knew that they shared our same passion for educating patients and helping them learn more about the medical properties of cannabis,” said Jolley, the president of the Nevada Dispensary Association, which supports dispensary owners. “We knew we’d be able to collaborate in helping patients and prospective patients get access to the information they were looking for.”

Husband-and-wife team Dustin and Andrea Klein said they expanded Arizona-based Sun Valley to Nevada after Jolley contacted them. Medical marijuana is legal in Arizona; voters there in November opted against legalizing recreational marijuana.

“(The Source) can send patients to us who have questions regarding doctors and the process, and we can also refer them to the dispensary,” Dustin Klein said, adding that the businesses are not financially linked.

The Source offers more than 30 strains of medical marijuana, as well as edibles and concentrates.

Dustin Klein said he got his medical marijuana card more than a decade ago to help him cope with psoriatic arthritis pain he suffered while in college in Colorado. The longtime marijuana advocate was inspired to open Sun Valley after his parents died within 18 months of each other, from pancreatic cancer and Lou Gehrig’s disease. Clinical trials have shown that people with those ailments can benefit from medical marijuana, he said, but his parents were barred from trying marijuana because their federal government jobs forbid its use.

Dustin Klein partnered with Andrea, who has 15 years of medical management experience, to start Sun Valley three years ago.

The Kleins say obtaining a card once took as long as a few months, and Sun Valley has streamlined the process to the point where they can receive prescriptions the same day their applications are filed. Sun Valley charges $150 for the service, in addition to a $100 state fee for new patients and $75 for renewing customers.

The first medical marijuana dispensary in Clark County, Euphoria Wellness, opened in fall 2015. Dustin Klein said the industry has changed quickly, especially with Nevada voters’ decision to legalize recreational marijuana use and possession in November’s election. Sun Valley’s owners don’t expect the law change to affect their business.

Sun Valley provides medical marijuana certification for minors for free because it’s difficult for minors to obtain a card, the Kleins said. The clinic has certified about 150 minors, with a guardian’s and a doctor’s approval.

“It’s not a sales pitch; it’s to help people,” Dustin Klein said. “We’re just trying to make it easy for the patients. It’s a very small aspect of the business, but it’s important to us.”

To reach View intern reporter Kailyn Brown, email or call 702-387-5233. Find her on Twitter: @KailynHype.

Camp Broadway teaches kids how to sing and dance
The Smith Center's 7th annual Camp Broadway musical theater program gives 150 kids ranging from ages 6-17 an opportunity to learn musical theater skills from industry professionals over a five-day period. Marcus Villagran/ Las Vegas Review-Journal @brokejournalist
Watch Ruthless! at Las Vegas Little Theatre
The musical Ruthless! will be playing at Las Vegas Little Theatre from July 13-29. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Cadaver art and sword swallowing at The Dark Arts Market
Curator Erin Emrie talks about her inspiration for The Dark Arts Market at Cornish Pasty Co. in Las Vegas Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
'NO H8' Campaign comes to Las Vegas
Hundreds of locals participate in the NO H8 campaign founded by Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley as a response to Proposition 8, a California ban on same-sex marriage. The campaign has since evolved to represent equal treatment for all. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
What to expect at Station Casinos' Fourth of July celebration
Station Casinos' is hosting its annual 4th of July celebration with Fireworks by Grucci. Fireworks scheduled to go off on Wednesday, July 4 around 9 p.m. at Green Valley Ranch Resort, Red Rock Resort, Fiesta Rancho and Texas Station. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Star Wars and Golden Knights mashup at downtown art shop
Star Wars and Vegas Golden Knights fans attend the Boba Fett Golden Knight Paint Class at The Bubblegum Gallery in Las Vegas, Friday, June 29, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Tourists and locals enjoy Independence Day fireworks at Caesars Palace
Hundreds of tourists and locals gaze at the Independence Day fireworks show at Caesars Palace on Saturday, June 30, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Clark County recount votes in commission’s District E primary
Clark County staff begin the recount requested by candidate Marco Hernandez in the democratic primary for the County Commission's District E seat on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Long-running local hip hop producer wants Vegas rappers to shine
Las Vegas Hip Hop producer and co-owner of Digital Insight Recording Studios Tiger Stylz reflects on 30 years of music production in the city. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
"Pawn Stars" fans visit Richard Harrison's memorial at Gold & Silver Pawn
"Pawn Stars" fans from around the world visit the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas following the passing of Richard "Old Man" Harrison on Monday, June 25, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Construction for new 51s ballpark underway
New home of the Las Vegas 51s is planned to be finished by March 2019 in Summerlin according to team president Don Logan. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Underground home was built as Cold War-era hideaway
The underground house at 3970 Spencer Street is one of the valley’s most unusual homes built 26 feet underground in 1978 by Girard “Jerry” B. Henderson, who, planned to survive the end of the world there.
Lip Smacking Foodie Tours takes you where the locals go
Donald Contursi talks about Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, which offers walking tours of restaurants on and off Las Vegas Boulevard with food samples and tidbits of history about the places they visit.
Bump stock manufacturers under fire
The Justice Department said last month that it had started the process to amend federal firearms regulations to clarify that federal law defines bump stocks as machine guns.
Art Bell’s Top 10 Shows
A selection of radio host Art Bell’s most popular shows.
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
You May Like

You May Like