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Nevada Judge Clears Way for More Cannabis Licenses

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada judge has cleared the way for the state’s marijuana regulators to start issuing cannabis distribution licenses to businesses other than existing alcohol wholesalers.

Carson City District Judge James Russell lifted a temporary restraining order Thursday that had forced the state to adhere to a provision of the ballot measure voters approved in November providing liquor wholesalers exclusive rights to marijuana distribution for 18 months unless they couldn’t keep up with market demand.

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Russell said after an hour-long hearing there’s overwhelming evidence that alcohol wholesalers don’t have the capability to meet the needs of dozens of recreational cannabis dispensaries from Las Vegas to Reno.

He says a group of alcohol distributors that filed suit over the matter is free to appeal their case to the Nevada Tax Commission, as required by law. But he says he has no power to supersede the authority of the state agency that recently determined there’s an insufficient number of alcohol businesses to handle the job.

Nevada’s Taxation Department says the protracted legal fight has created a delivery bottleneck that’s undermining an otherwise robust marijuana industry and the state revenue that comes with it.

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Legal sales started with a bang July 1. But Tax Director Deonne Contine says the tiny distribution network’s inability to keep pace with demand is forcing up prices and sending buyers back to the black market.

She says it’s also jeopardizing worker safety at dispensaries forced to stockpile supplies and huge amounts of cash to accommodate erratic deliveries.


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Nevada Regulators Could Scrap Home Cannabis Delivery

Since adult-use cannabis sales kicked off in Nevada on July 1, home delivery has been allowed under the state’s temporary “early start” regulations. But all that could change on Jan. 1, when a new, permanent set of regulations is set to kick in.

As the Las Vegas Sun’s Chris Kudialis reports, the first and only draft of Nevada’s coming cannabis regulations eliminates the current provision, which OKs home delivery and enables delivery drivers to carry up to 10 ounces of cannabis. State regulators have raised concerns that delivery services increase the risk of fraud, robbery, and other crime, in part because there are no laws in place requiring nonmedical customers to register their identities.

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Currently about 20 of Nevada’s 60 retail cannabis stores offer home delivery to nonmedical customers. Deliveries of medical cannabis would still be permitted under the draft rules.

“We tried to come up with a structure that was fair to the businesses but also that protected public health and safety,” Stephanie Klapstein, a Department of Taxation spokeswoman, told the Sun. “We considered the safety of anyone who would be involved, either directly or peripherally, in the delivery process.”

Proponents of delivery, however—including some in law enforcement—argue that legalizing and regulating the service plays an important role in shrinking the illegal market. As of July 23, the Sun reports, citing a police lieutenant, Las Vegas Metro police this year alone have brought down 28 illegal home delivery operations, most of which have alleged gang ties.

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Regulators in other major cannabis markets have taken different approaches to home delivery. Under regulations set to take effect in California next year, regulated delivery will play a key role in distribution. But in Washington state, one of the first states to legalize adult-use cannabis, delivery remains illegal. Police there have sporadically attempted to crack down on delivery services operating in defiance of the law.

Nevada’s Department of Taxation, which is responsible for formulating the regulations, is slated to release an updated draft by the end of the month. The department is encouraging members of the public to weigh in by emailing comments to marijuana@tax.state.nv.us.


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If You’re Going to Burning Man and Bringing Weed, Read This First

Burning Man festival in 2012. (Hawaii Savvy/Flickr)

One of the largest music and arts festivals, Burning Man 2017, will take place later this month in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, a state that legalized the adult use of marijuana last year.  Retail sales of marijuana began in July.

If you’re heading out to the playa for the festival, there are a few things you should know about local marijuana laws before you go, as the popular festival takes place on federal land, where marijuana remains illegal.

Here are a few key points to keep in mind, provided by the Marijuana Policy Project:

  • Burning man is held on FEDERAL land, and the Bureau of Land Management will enforce federal law, which unfortunately considers all marijuana possession a criminal offense — even if you have a medial card! BLM may also ticket you for violations of various rules in the “closure order,” though these, thankfully, are civil rather than criminal.
  • “Gifting” marijuana to others is drug trafficking under federal law, even though no money is being exchanged. And if you are caught selling marijuana, or are found in possession of more than 1 oz., you will likely be prosecuted under Nevada law by the local Pershing County Sheriffs, who also patrol Burning Man.
  • Especially important: GATE ROAD is also federal property, and in the past, a lot of the law enforcement activity has occurred while people are driving into the event. Keep in mind that you have fewer rights while driving than you do in your home (or in this case, your tent or RV), and can be stopped for a broken taillight or any other minor infraction by law enforcement, who may ask you for consent to search your vehicle (you have the right to refuse). Any marijuana consumption while obn the Gate Road could result in a ticket or charges for DUI or marijuana possession.
  • Before or after Burning Man, when you are not on federal land: Adults ages 21 and older may legally purchase marijuana from retail establishments in Nevada! MPP supported the initiative that made Nevada the fifth of eight states to end prohibition.
  • Public consumption could result in a misdemeanor charge, with a fine of up to $600. And because the casinos’ regulators directed them to follow federal law, you cannot consume in hotel-casinos. MPP and our allies hope to establish safe, legal consumption spaces for tourists, but that won’t happen before Burning Man 2017. But you can consume in private homes, which may include private homes for rent.
  • You should also know that Nevada has very strict laws on driving under the influence of marijuana. There is a “per se” threshold of 2 ng/mL of THC in your blood, meaning that you can be convicted based on a positive test result whether you were impaired or not. If you are a regular marijuana consumer, please note that you can have this amount in your system even if you haven’t consumed in a couple of days.
  • If you do have an encounter with law enforcement, it’s always a good idea to know your rights. In addition, Burning Man would like to know about your experience, and if you get into trouble, you can reach out to the volunteer group Lawyers for Burners for help after you return home.

Burning Man 2017 takes place August 27 – September 4, 2017.

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Elevation Gain: Leafly’s Guide to the 7 Best High Hikes in Nevada

Thanks to the Silver State’s brand new adult-use legalization roll-out, anyone can drop by their favorite pot stop before navigating all the natural beauty Nevada has to offer. Beyond the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, you’ll find a vast expanse of desert trails and pockets of green oases ready to be explored with an elevated mind.

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So lace up those hiking boots, pack a bowl, and stock up on water (a lot of water) before taking on the Great Basin or the arid Mojave Desert with the seven best high hikes in Nevada.

White Domes Trail – Valley of Fire State Park

If it’s your first time hiking in the desert, head to the short but sweet White Domes Trail Loop to jumpstart your experience. This stunning trail doesn’t see a lot of traffic, yet it showcases colorful sandstone popping in shades of yellow and red; breathtaking flowering cacti; and a small slot canyon where you can hide away from the sun and enjoy a light rest and a quick smoke.

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 1.1 miles

Elevation Gain: 150 ft.

Product Pairing: A pre-roll by one of Nevada’s favorite growers, State Flower. Nab Stardawg for its ability to fight fatigue and keep you in an uplifted state of mind.

Hunter Creek Trail – Toiyabe National Forest

Hunter Creek Trail is a popular spot with locals and visitors alike, so you’ll want to head out early to beat the traffic. Sprinkled along this trail are a few creek crossings that will ultimately lead you to a rewarding 30-foot waterfall worth the hot trek. Ever taken a cool shower while high? Times that by 100 by kicking off your boots and jumping into the water.

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Distance: 5.8 miles

Elevation Gain: 1286 ft.

Product Pairing: vape pen loaded with CBD. Reach for Canna Hemp’s Euphoria Vape Pen for added tranquility at the end of this hike.

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Cathedral Rock – Toiyabe National Forest

The trailto Cathedral Rock is punctuated by the magnificent Echo Cliffs, thick aspens, and pockets of old yet captivating avalanche destruction. Once you get to the top you’ll be met with spectacular views of the Spring Mountains, so pack a lunch before you go and picnic at the summit while you spend time enjoying this hike’s natural beauty. Keep an eye out for Palmer’s chipmunks—this is the only place in the world where you can see them.

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 2.8 miles

Elevation Gain: 1679 ft.

Product Pairing: Throw a delicious edible into your lunch bag for a tasty treat at the summit. Dixie’s delicious Peppermint Dark Chocolate bar is the best choice for quelling a sweet tooth and elevating your time on Cathedral Rock.

Lehman Caves – Great Basin National Park

Ever want to hot-box a cave? Well, it’s not really that easy—but get high before this hike and you can pretend you have. One of Great Basin National Park’s most popular trails lies deep beneath the earth at the gorgeous Lehman Caves. This 90-minute expedition is a treasure in its own right—you’ll see stalagmites, flowstones, and columns, amongst other ancient formations. You can only enter by guided tour, so nab your tickets in advance and spark up before heading into this magical underground sanctuary.

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 0.4–0.6 miles

Elevation Gain: -300 ft.

Product Pairing: Just because you can’t light up in the cave doesn’t mean you have to go without. Keep it discreet by popping one of Cheeba Chews’ sweet Hybrid Chews as you admire the thousand-year-old caverns.

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Alpine Lakes Loop – Great Basin National Park

The notably lush Alpine Lakes Loop is a far cry from Nevada’s typical desert landscape—this lovely hike takes you through clear streams and verdant greenery as you pass by the stunning Stella and Teresa Lakes. Additionally, you’ll get to witness sweeping views of the colossal 13,065-foot Wheeler Peak.

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 3 miles

Elevation Gain: 450 ft.

Product Pairing: A dynamic trail deserves dynamic cannabis. Before heading on your hiking adventure, grab some Super Sour Diesel by Matrix for its cerebral qualities and happy vibes.

Gold Strike Hot Spring Trail – Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Consider a winter trip to Nevada for this unique hike. Gold Strike Hot Spring Trail is surrounded by rugged terrain (and excellent bouldering for all you rock climbers out there). The hot springs at the end are a welcome way to relax once you’re done climbing and hiking. Keep your eyes peeled for the famously striped kingsnake while on the trail (but don’t worry, they’re rare and won’t bother you if you don’t bother them).

Difficulty: Moderate/Hard

Distance: 7 miles

Elevation Gain: 1250 ft.

Product Pairing: Cannabis provides a much-needed reward once you complete this fun yet strenuous hike. Relax sore muscles with a vape full of  Northern Lights by Dream Steam for the ultimate post-hike relief. 

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Mount Rose Trail – Toiyabe National Forest

Mount Rose is the longest trail on this list, clocking in at 10.5 miles. Though lengthy, its green hills, spectacular sunset views, and breathtaking glimpses of Lake Tahoe make it a can’t-miss attraction. Carve out a day for exploring nature with some cannabis in tow, and we promise the memories you make will be worth it.

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 10.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,770 ft.

Product Pairing: Bring some pre-rolls with you to enjoy throughout the hike—we recommend Strawberry Banana by Green Life Productions for cerebral stimulation with a calming edge.


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Marijuana Firm Buys California Town; Plans to Turn It Into Tourist Destination

Nipton, California (Wikimedia Commons)

Welcome to Cannabis, California.

An Arizona based company that makes products to support the marijuana industry says they have purchased a small town in California, near the Nevada border, with the hopes of turning it into a cannabis friendly tourist destination.

American Green, based in Phoenix, purchased the tiny town of Nipton for $5 million, according to a report in Bloomberg.

The unincorporated town is about an hour drive from Las Vegas, and four hours from Los Angeles.

It features a general store, hotel, recreational vehicle park, campgrounds, schoolhouse and two small houses, and has been for sale for over a year.

American Green plans to invest up to $2.5 million in the property over the next 18 months, with the hopes of converting it into a cannabis themed tourist destination.

The company will convert existing structures and build new construction to revitalize the town, which will be powered by renewable energy from nearby solar arrays.

The project’s manager, Stephen Shearin, said he expects the company’s acquisition will be highly profitable as recreational marijuana gains wider acceptance.

“The Gold Rush built this city,” Shearin says. “The Green Rush can keep it moving the way people envisioned it years ago.”

Nipton is a former mining town, with a current population of about 20 residents.

The personal, recreational use of marijuana is legal for adults in both California and Nevada.

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Officials Grapple With Limiting Cannabis Ads at Las Vegas Airport

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials are grappling with how to limit advertisements for marijuana at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport.

Clark County commissioners on Tuesday discussed a proposed ordinance that would ban cannabis ads at the airport. But its language raised some concerns as it could be applied to taxis with advertisements that go through the airport every day.

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Dozens of retailers in Nevada began selling marijuana for recreational purposes on July 1. Adults can only consume the drug at private homes as lighting up in public remains illegal.

Commissioners and the head of the county’s aviation department agreed that no ads for the drug should be placed on airport property. But officials moved to hold the issue and asked the district attorney’s office and the aviation department to refine the ordinance’s language.


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Medical Cannabis Patient Seeks Nevada Supreme Court Rehearing

A medical marijuana patient is asking the Nevada Supreme Court to reconsider its refusal to end mandatory state registration and fees for medical cannabis cards now that marijuana is legal statewide for recreational use.

The southern Nevada man, a migraine-suffer identified only as John Doe, accuses the state of discriminating against medicinal cannabis users by regulating them more strictly than their recreational counterparts.

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In a sharply worded petition for rehearing filed on his behalf late Thursday, Las Vegas attorney Jacob Hafter characterizes the justices as cowardly for sidestepping questions about fundamental rights to health care in their ruling earlier this week denying Doe’s appeal of a lower court ruling throwing out his lawsuit.

Forcing medical marijuana card holders to register with the state violates their constitutional rights against self-incrimination given that the U.S. government still considers cannabis illegal, Hafter wrote.

“We have a system where if you want to use cannabis as medicine, you need to get permission from the state first and they need to monitor your acquisitions. But if you want to party, you can circumvent the state and go straight to the same dispensary and buy the same product,” he said after the 7-0 ruling on Tuesday.

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The Supreme Court agreed with the state’s lawyers who argued the ballot measure voters approved in 2000 made legal use of medical marijuana contingent upon the patient’s participation in the state registry. The court said there was no violation of Fifth Amendment protections from self-incrimination because applying for a marijuana card is strictly voluntary.

“Nevada law does not compel anyone to seek a registry identification card,” the court said, adding that Doe wasn’t so much arguing a right to health care as a “right to use medical marijuana.”

“No court has recognized a fundamental right to use medical marijuana recommended by a physician and the use of medical marijuana is still prohibited under federal law and the laws of 22 states,” Chief Justice Michael Cherry wrote.

Medical marijuana in Nevada, the only state that recognizes all other states’ medical cards, is taxed less and available in higher concentrations of THC than that sold for recreational use.

Hafter said the justices failed to “recognize the implications of the recent change in the law that legalized recreational marijuana.” Sales began July 1.

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“Ultimately, because a person can obtain marijuana legally without being included in the registry, the state no longer has a legitimate state interest in maintaining the registry,” he said.

Doe made it clear he specifically was “not asking this court to enumerate a fundamental right to use medical marijuana,” Hafter said.

“Rather, this court chose to ‘construe’ or rewrite the central legal issue of the case to fit within a sociopolitical framework within which this court felt it could safely operate,” he wrote. “While such may be the practice of courts within an elected judiciary, it is a cowardly approach by the judiciary that deprives the people of this great state of full access to spirit, intent and utility of the courts.”

Hafter urged the court — if it’s “brave enough” — to revisit the case to resolve “whether there is a fundamental right to access the health care that our physicians recommend without undue governmental influence.”

“For as long as the current system of medicine has been in place, patients never have had to pass through the gates of the government to access their care,” he wrote. “There is not one area of medicine or health care besides medical marijuana where the government places a hurdle between the patient and the health care services sought.”

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Lyft and Uber Cashing In on Vegas Canna-Tourism

Reports are emerging from Las Vegas that rideshare drivers are making a killing since Nevada began allowing adult-use cannabis sales on July 1.

Prior to the adult-use start date, state regulators predicted that 63% of recreational sales would come from tourists. According to a KTNV report, a man named Keith who drives with Uber and Lyft says the state regulators got that prediction right—he’s been driving back and forth from the Strip to local dispensaries since legalization took effect.

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“Swear to god it’s the best job I’ve ever had,” Keith told KTNV. “I’m making now more than I was before, and I’m more relaxed.”

Keith mentioned that he spends nearly half of his time on the clock driving from the Las Vegas Strip, to a dispensary, and then back to the strip, and so on. His cost-per-trip average has more than doubled, from  around $12 per trip to around $25, due to the longer distances between Strip hotels and retail dispensaries.

Longer rides aren’t Keith’s only source of increased income. Keith told KTNV that he receives kickbacks from cannabis dispensaries for bringing in new customers (up to $25); he’s seeing bigger tips from riders, too.

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Uber issued a statement in response to the KTNV story:

“We have continued to see a steady growth in trips throughout Nevada. Marijuana impaired driving is 100% preventable. By providing people with safe ride options, we believe we are empowering people to make better, safer choices. With our technology, we want to help everyone have a safe ride home.”

Cannabis Tourism Buses Hit Roadblock

Ride sharing companies are enjoying the cannabis boom, but canna-tourism buses have yet to get in on the action. With public consumption of cannabis still barred in Nevada, a handful of companies in Las Vegas want to take passengers on a ride down the Strip in buses where you can privately consume cannabis. Similar transportation companies currently operate in Denver and Seattle.

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The only problem? A little-known Nevada law prohibits anyone from consuming cannabis while inside a movie vehicle—and that includes all passengers. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the offense is a misdemeanor, punishable with a maximum $600 fine.

It also is illegal to rent a private vehicle in Nevada just to consume cannabis.

“This idea can work anywhere, but the fact that this is Sin City will draw tourists to try something they might not have tried before,” Nicholas Hogan told the Review-Journal. Hogan is the co-owner of GreenRush Puff Bus, which recently applied for a state permit with the Nevada Transportation Authority.

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None of the casinos, hotels, or bars in Las Vegas will allow consumption of cannabis for years, if ever, Hogan added.

GreenRush Puff Bus is not the only company to send in an application, as the rise of these types of businesses have prompted Clark County officials last week to issue a warning that it is against the law to rent tour buses, and other vehicles, and consume cannabis in them.

“The county is joining with the Nevada Transportation Authority and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in enforcing these laws in unincorporated Clark County, including the Las Vegas Strip and the surrounding resort corridor,” county spokesman Erik Pappa said.

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Nevada Wholesaler Steps Up to Restock Dispensaries

Nevada’s cannabis crisis may have been averted…at least for the time-being.

New Cannabis Ventures reports that a cannabis distribution company known as Blackbird Logistics will be helping restock empty shelves at newly opened Nevada dispensaries and retail cannabis shops for the first time since legalization went into effect on July 1.

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Blackbird Logistics is an ancillary company based out of Reno and offers a number of services, including a point-of-sale system, home and dispensary delivery services, data collection, and, most crucially in this instance, facility transportation from producer to retailer.

When Question 2 was passed last November, the text specifically allowed for alcohol wholesalers to have the first crack at cannabis distribution licenses for the first 18 months of retail cannabis sales. This created a lawsuit that nearly delayed the opening of the first retail shops, as alcohol wholesalers fought medical marijuana distributors for the right to produce and distribute cannabis for Nevada’s legal market. However, the Nevada Department of Taxation released a statement that, as of July 5, none of the seven alcohol wholesalers that have applied met the application requirements to complete the licensing process.

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With distribution licenses tied up in litigation, dispensaries and retailers were restricted to selling only what was already on the shelves on June 30th before opening day. 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.

Blackbird Logistics has been a medical marijuana distributor since 2015, but recently partnered with an alcohol distributor to allow them to distribute cannabis on the retail market, making them officially the first licensed cannabis distributor on the legal Nevada market.

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The Nevada Tax Commission is scheduled to meet July 13th to determine whether there will be enough alcohol wholesalers to distribute cannabis, and they may adopt the emergency regulations in an effort to support new retail business and avoid customer diversion to the black market.

There are currently 47 licensed cannabis retailers spread across Nevada, selling approximately $3 million worth of cannabis in just the first four days of legal sales. State officials are expecting sales to top $30 million by the end of 2017, making a licensed distributor all the more important in the coming weeks.


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Some Nevada Cannabis Retailers ‘Running on Fumes’

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Most of Nevada’s recreational marijuana retailers are optimistic an emergency regulation that state officials are expected to approve will help keep them from running out of cannabis products, but some are “running on fumes,” an industry official said Tuesday.

The State Tax Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on an emergency measure Gov. Brian Sandoval endorsed late last week in an effort to allow the state to issue cannabis distribution licenses currently banned by a court order.

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Nevada Tax Department spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein said some of the 47 licensed retailers have reported twice as much business as they anticipated since recreational sales began July 1, and many fear their shelves soon will be empty.

Nevada Dispensary Association President Andrew Jolley said Tuesday most stores are “still doing OK in terms of supply.”

“But there are some that are obviously concerned given that we are 10 days into retail sales without being resupplied,” Jolley said. “I have heard of some dispensaries running on fumes, if you will.”

A legal battle over distribution of cannabis for recreational use threatens to jeopardize the flow of supplies from growers and manufacturers to retailers in the coming weeks.

The ballot measure voters approved in November legalizing the sales dictates that licensed alcohol wholesalers have the exclusive rights to cannabis distribution licenses for 18 months. But no alcohol wholesalers have completed the licensing process.

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Before recreational sales began July 1, most dispensaries selling medical marijuana were authorized to serve as their own middleman and the bulk of them started stockpiling supplies months ago in an anticipation of high demand.

“Everybody that I know tried to augment their inventory as much as possible in the days and weeks leading up to July 1, but I’m not sure to what extent they were able to do that,” Jolley said Tuesday.

About a week before sales began, Sandoval’s chief of staff Michael Willden said state officials had been informed the dispensaries may have up to a 60-day supply of cannabis products.

“We are now informed that many have only days or weeks of product to be sold,” he said last week when the governor announced his endorsement of the emergency regulations to facilitate the issuing of distribution licenses to existing retailers.

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The head of a company that owns hemp and cannabis operations in southern Nevada said the regulatory move can’t come soon enough.

“I don’t think anyone anticipated this strong of an initial demand, and by all accounts it’s a very real possibility that the state could literally be out of sellable products in August,” Friday Night Inc. CEO Brayden Sutton said Tuesday.

“Current production in Clark County was set up for a snoozey medical market, not the 10-time increase in sales that retailers experience once they can sell to anyone 21 and up,” he said.

On Monday, the Sparks City Council became the latest local jurisdiction to approve an ordinance allowing for recreational cannabis sales. Currently, there are four licensed retailers in Reno, one in Pahrump, one in Mesquite, one in Laughlin, four in North Las Vegas and 36 in Las Vegas.


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