Nevada Retail Marijuana Sales On Track To Begin In July
Recreational marijuana sales appear likely to happen on time after all.
A legal challenge over who could transport recreational marijuana between cultivation facilities and dispensaries looked as though it might delay the state’s goal of rolling out marijuana sales on July 1.
Marijuana dispensaries that have received a retail license from the state will be able to sell their existing inventory — which does not have to be designated before sale as medical or recreational — according to Tax Department spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein.
This means sales can start on the planned date, but companies will not be able to restock their supplies until the distribution issue is settled.
And that could take some time. The tax department is preparing to appeal the district judge’s decision in the distribution case, according to Klapstein.
To handle that restocking uncertainty, dispensaries across the valley are stocking up and banking that they will have enough to last while the battle is litigated.
“I hope that we’ll have plenty of stock on hand to serve customers until the distributors are ready to resupply us,” said Andrew Jolley, CEO of The Source dispensaries in Las Vegas.
But Jolley said it’s a crapshoot in trying to figure out how much marijuana is needed to hold the stores over.
“Nobody really knows because nobody knows what the recreational sales volume is going to be,” he said.
Companies will be able to restock medical marijuana — which doesn’t require a licensed distributor for transport — but must sign off that they will only sell the products to medical patients, Klapstein said.
The distribution fight
The law legalizing recreational marijuana states the drug must be regulated in Nevada like alcohol, meaning only liquor distributors can transport the product to stores.
Five liquor distributors had applied for a license, but the state says none of the applications are complete. As of Friday, No marijuana transportation licenses have been issued.
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