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By Zach Arnold | May 5, 2014
Somewhere, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Nick Diaz are wondering what the hell is going on here.
Anthony Marnell III, who was appointed to the Nevada State Athletic Commission by Governor Brian Sandoval, is one of many big business types who reportedly filed an application for a medical marijuana business permit.
Clear River LLC (production, cultivation and dispensary) — Manager Anthony Marnell III is president of the M Resort.
Marnell III is now a member of an athletic commission that is infamous for hammering fighters over testing positive for marijuana metabolites. That isn’t the only conflict of interest, however, for Marnell III at NSAC. NSAC recently approved King of the Cage events that just happened to be booked at Edgewater Casino, one of his properties.
But the fun doesn’t stop there. Take a look at who else is on the list of people who applied for permits in Clark County.
Doctors Dispensary LLC (dispensary, cultivation production) — Managing members include Las Vegas hematologist Dr. Oscar Goodman Jr., son of current Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and former Mayor Oscar Goodman. Other managing members include Dr. Michael Resnick, a Las Vegas dermatologist, former Planet Hollywood Resort president William Feather and Las Vegas attorney Raffi Nahabedian.
Raffi has been an attorney for MMA fighters Chael Sonnen & BJ Penn. But he’s not the big name that stands out.
Deep Roots Medical LLC (dispensary) — Manager Branan Allison runs Source One Events, a Henderson equipment rental and event planning company for the entertainment industry. Manager Gary Primm is a casino developer who developed the Primadonna resort and and helped develop the New York New York resort. Another manager is Roger Primm, who is related to Gary and was a fellow co-owner of Primadonna Resorts. The registered agent is Las Vegas attorney Lori Rogich, wife of power broker Sig Rogich. Sig Rogich claims a 5 percent share of Deep Roots through another company, Blakely Island Holdings LLC.
One of the many projects Rogich is involved in happens to be the Lou Ruvo Cleveland Clinic center. Guess who’s on the permit applicant list?
Integral Associates LLC (cultivation, production and dispensary) — One manager, Armen Yemenidjian, is vice president of casino operations at the Tropicana resort. Another manager is Camille Ruvo, co-founder of the Keep Memory Alive nonprofit organization that supports the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health downtown. She is the wife of Southern Wines and Spirits partner Larry Ruvo.
So the fighters are evil, bad people when they use marijuana and test positive for it. But those who have the money and are in positions of authority are more than happy to profit from the same substance they fine & suspend athletes for getting caught using.