. The fate of the Nevada marijuana industry’s July 1 start date for recreational sales will wait at least another day, as a judge in Carson City did not rule Monday on whether to prolong a temporary limiting order against the giving of pot-distribution licenses to anybody aside from alcohol distributors.
District Judge James Wilson heard 8 hours of arguments Monday, simply six days after ruling that a lawsuit from the Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada against the state’s recreational cannabis managing body must not immediately be thrown away.
Wilson provided a short-lived limiting order by demand of the alcohol suppliers on May 30, prohibiting the Nevada Department of Tax from allowing anyone other than alcohol distributors to look for a license.
Ballot Concern 2, gone by voters in November to legalize recreational marijuana in Nevada, gives unique leisure weed distribution rights to alcohol distributors in the state unless the department identifies “an inadequate variety of marijuana distributors would result from this limitation.”
The Tax Department initially released in March that the restriction did in reality result in an insufficient variety of distributors. However in its last policies in May, the department said that decision would be made after all applications were processed.
Only 5 of 93 applications for leisure marijuana circulation licenses through Monday had actually originated from alcohol suppliers, according to info supplied by Tax Department spokesperson Stephanie Klapstein.
The alcohol distributors have actually requested a preliminary injunction, which, if given, would eliminate the 88 other applicants from the circulation procedure, and might delay the program’s start date on July 1.
The recreational marijuana company, anticipated to produce more than $30 million a year in tax profits, was officially to begin next January. But the decision was made to get off to an early start.
Sun press reporter Cy Ryan contributed to this report.