Nevada takes steps to end the great legal weed shortage of 2017

Nevada Wholesaler Steps Up to Restock Dispensaries

Demand has been strong since recreational use was legalised on 1 July.

Many retailers were previously licensed to sell and distribute medical pot, so they started stockpiling supplies months ago in an anticipation of high demand for recreational marijuana.

The referendum passed previous year by Nevada voters legalizing the drug for recreational use stipulated that for the first 18 months of sales only liquor wholesalers would be allowed to apply to distribute marijuana - a nod to the powerful alcohol industry, which is anxious about new competition from pot. State officials passed emergency regulations so dispensaries can restock their shelves.

Anticipating the problem, the Nevada tax department had tried to change the rules before legalization kicked in.

The state of Nevada took steps this week to solve dispensaries' marijuana shortage.

Under Nevada's voter approved marijuana law, alcohol distributors were initially given an 18-month monopoly on the transportation of all recreational cannabis.

The 47 retailers now licensed to sell recreational pot previously operated as medical marijuana outlets, which were allowed to move products between cultivators, manufacturers and retail store fronts.

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Kevin Benson, the alcohol group's lawyer, stopped short of threatening another lawsuit.

The head of Nevada's Department of Taxation says the agency has approved licenses for two alcohol wholesalers in compliance with a court order to begin distributing recreational marijuana to retailers running low on supplies.

But she said it's too soon to tell if Crooked Wine of Reno and Rebel Wine of Las Vegas will be able to handle the demand statewide.

"There aren't enough alcohol distributors serving that market", Riana Durrett, executive director of the Nevada Dispensary Association, said at a hearing on the matter Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported from Las Vegas.

Under the proposed regulation, the wholesaler must demonstrate it "has resolved to the best of its ability any potential conflicts with its federal liquor licensing and the distribution of a federally illegal product". "Crooked will have the license, but Blackbird will be in charge of the on-the-ground duties, according to Stephanie Klapstein, spokeswoman for the department".

Nevada voted in favour of legalising recreational use of marijuana in November, following similar moves in several other states.

The tax department director, Deonne Contine, said that of the almost 70 liquor wholesalers in Nevada, seven had applied to transport marijuana. With legal cannabis in high demand on the tourist circuit, retailers ran out of cannabis so quickly that Governor Brian Sandoval agreed to sign an emergency regulation to expand distribution licenses. On Thursday, the Tax Commission adopted an emergency regulation its lawyers believe should satisfy Wilson's concerns by establishing specific criteria to decide whether there's sufficient interest among alcohol distributors.

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