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Updated Mar 22, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Nevada lawmakers tour Arizona marijuana dispensary

Nevada lawmakers take a tour of Arizona Organics in Glendale, a medical marijuana dispensary. (KTAR Photo/Bob McClay)

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Nevada Legislature is considering a bill that would allow for medical marijuana dispensaries in the Silver State.

On Friday, several Nevada lawmakers toured the Valley's only dispensary, Arizona Organics in Glendale, to get a feel for what dispensaries are like.

"We wanted to come to somewhere where it's very small and very tightly regulated, just to see how it works," said Nevada State Se. Tick Sagerbloom, the bill's sponsor.

Arizona Organics co-owner Bill Myer was honored to host the visit.

"We have nothing to hide," he said. "We're very proud of the way we're operational. We're very proud of the state's program, and we're willing to show it to them."

Sagerbloom said the Nevada bill is patterned after Arizona's law.

"It provides for a limited number of dispensaries like this. It allows for growing it. It's highly regulated, and if you have a medical marijuana card, you can come to a place like this and purchase the marijuana."

Nevada voters approved dispensaries in 2000, but Sagerbloom said "we're just getting around to implementing it."

He said that, unlike Arizona, dispensaries in Nevada will be "for-profit" companies. Arizona Organics is a non-profit group.

The Nevada Legislature is expected to have its first vote on the bill on April 12.

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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