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Nevada Ok’s Early Start Program For Recreational Marijuana Sales

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Nevada Ok’s Early Start Program For Recreational Marijuana Sales

By Chris Kudialis | lasvegassun.com

Licensed Nevada medical marijuana facilities in good standing with state agencies will be allowed to start selling recreational marijuana on July 1, according to the industry’s new state regulating body.

The proposal for temporary “early start” recreational licenses was approved today in a vote by the Nevada Tax Commission.

The early start licenses will expire on Jan. 1, 2018. The temporary program was established to allowing the department to identify and solve problems with recreational weed before issuing more state certifications for the industry in 2018, said Deonne Contine, executive director of the Department of Taxation.

Six of seven Department of Taxation commissioners attending the meeting voted in favor of the regulations, with Commissioner Craig Witt opposed.

Department of Taxation spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein said the regulations, which have been in the works since earlier this year, were designed to balance the state’s desire for tax revenue with the marijuana industry’s push to expand into the retail market.

“Most importantly, we wanted to balance that while protecting public health and safety,” Klapstein said.

“Our goal is to get the people that are ready and in good standing going, regulate them and make sure we’re doing the right thing,” Contine said during a hearing Wednesday in Carson City. “We plan to prudently go forward and figure out where we are once we get through the first wave of applications.”

Nevada voters in November approved a ballot question to allow adults to legally purchase of up to 1 ounce of marijuana or up to one-eighth ounce of marijuana concentrates. State-approved sales of marijuana for medical use have taken place in Nevada since 2015.

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