Nevada officials to think about pot circulation emergency situation guideline

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John Locher/ AP In this June 28, 2017 image, a worker puts a bar code sticker on a container of cannabis at the Desert Grown Farms cultivation center in Las Vegas.

Friday, July 7, 2017|6:35 p.m.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval on Thursday authorized state regulators to consider an emergency policy that would permit authorities to figure out whether the state has enough marijuana suppliers to keep its retail shops supplied.

Sandoval’s approval came after dispensaries across the state reported higher than anticipated need for cannabis because recreational sales of the drug became legal in Nevada on Saturday. The Nevada Tax Commission is anticipated to use up the regulations Thursday.

The procedure citizens approved in November legalizing the sales determines that licensed alcohol wholesalers have the exclusive rights to pot distribution licenses for 18 months. However no alcohol wholesalers have finished the licensing process.

A judge’s order in an ongoing court fight between the state and the alcohol suppliers does not allow pot dispensaries to transport cannabis from a cultivation facility to the shop. Before recreational sales began last weekend, many dispensaries offering medical cannabis were authorized to work as their own intermediary.

About a week before sales began, Sandoval’s office had indicated he wouldn’t opt for an emergency guideline for circulation. He reversed his stance after sales exceeded expectations.

“We previously were informed the dispensaries may have up to 60 day materials of product,” Michael Willden, Sandoval’s chief of staff, said in an e-mail. “We are now notified that many have only days or weeks of item to be offered.”

Those 21 and older with a legitimate ID can now buy up to an ounce of pot. The Nevada Department of Tax has certified 47 dispensaries to sell recreational cannabis.

The department on Thursday stated the shops have actually taped well over 40,000 retail transactions, and some of them sold more than double of what they had expected.

Carson City District Judge James Wilson last month ruled the policy the commission adopted in Might that might have opened circulation up to others was void.

Wilson stated the Tax Commission engaged in “ad-hoc rulemaking” outside the legal procedure when it made a preliminary decision previously this year that the alcohol industry didn’t have enough interest in getting in the pot service to guarantee adequate distributors would seek applications to fulfill the awaited high need.

“The department has not identified whether specifically accrediting alcohol wholesalers as short-lived marijuana suppliers will lead to an inadequate variety of licenses,” Wilson composed.

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