Ground broken on massive Las Vegas marijuana farm

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – Clark County’s medical marijuana dispensaries are nearly ready to open for business. The only thing they’re missing is marijuana.

On Wednesday, ground was broken on Nevada Pure, a marijuana farm to be located in east Las Vegas. When complete, it will be larger than a football field and be capable of growing about 18,000 plants at a time.

Nevada Pure co-owner Kathy Gillespie said that currently most marijuana growers in Nevada are licensed at-home patients or caregivers. There simply isn’t enough marijuana for dispensaries to sell. Nevada Pure will clone plants donated by growers.

The facility will include a nursery, flowing room, trimming area and storage area. Among the biggest concerns is security.

“[We’ll have] 260 cameras in this facility, along with motion detectors,” Gillespie said. “We actually built it the same as a jewelry store would be built to keep their most precious jewelry.”

Gillespie additionally said the facility will be manned 24/7.

“We’ll have plants in here Aug. 1. We could have product as early as Sept. 1 through Sept. 15,” Gillespie said.

Patients and caregivers will be allowed to donate 12 plants each for cloning.