There’s trouble on the horizon for Nevada Pot, as the dispensaries licensed to sell recreational marijuana are fast running out of the product, according to the Nevada State Department of Taxation.
Because of this, the Governor and the department is announcing a “State of Emergency” that will allow government officials to enact emergency procedures so that people may be able to get their weed.
What is the problem exactly? Well, the only people “legally” allowed to distribute marijuana to the dispensaries are alcohol distributors. The problem is the taxation department has issued not one distribution license because of a last-minute court battle, incomplete applications and zoning issues.
According to The Nevada Dispensary Association, there has been near $3 million in marijuana sales in just a week, which translates to about a million dollars in tax revenue for the state. To put this in perspective, the man who championed the legalization, State Senator Tick Segerblom, said sales of recreational weed could generate at a minimum $60 million in revenue for the state over the next two years. It seems like he underestimated Vegas’ want for weed.
“Based on reports of adult-use marijuana sales already far exceeding the industry’s expectations at the state’s 47 licensed retail marijuana stores, and the reality that many stores are running out of inventory, the Department must address the lack of distributors immediately. Some establishments report the need for delivery within the next several days,” said department spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein in an email Friday.
“We continue to work with the liquor wholesalers who have applied for distribution licenses, but most don’t yet meet the requirements that would allow us to license them. Even as we attempted to schedule the final facility inspection for one of the applicants this week, they told us their facility was not ready and declined the inspection,” Klapstein said.
The State of Emergency will hopefully allow the dispensaries to buy marijuana legally anywhere, and sell to consumers regardless of where they got it.