it’s been a bumpy ride for marijuana advocates in the state.
When voters approved ballot question 2, which legalized recreational marijuana in Nevada, legislators had about six months to figure out how to regulate the blooming industry.
With a Democratic-controlled Legislature, several bills were passed that did just that. Sales of recreational marijuana will be imposed with a 10 percent tax, and edible marijuana products cannot mimic that of candy.
Chief among the accomplishments with the state’s recreational marijuana program was the named July 1 early start program. The Nevada Department of Taxation was to issue licenses to sell recreational marijuana to already established medical marijuana dispensaries.
A wrench was thrown in that plan, however, when a judge in Carson City issued a temporary restraining order, and then ruled in favor of, liquor distributors in the state who say the law is written so that they have first dibs on the distribution of recreational marijuana.
Now it seems the state’s dispensaries will indeed sell recreational marijuana on July 1, as long as they already have the inventory in stock.
Joe Brezny, the spokesman for the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, joins KNPR to sort it out.