The Nevada Department of Taxation plans to vote on the plans through an emergency measure on Thursday. The commission reported in a statement that numerous state's 47 dispensaries had already run out of pot. The initiative authorizing the sales, passed in November, gave liquor distributors exclusive rights to transport product to dispensaries for the first 18 months of business.
According to the statement, only 47 stores are licensed to sell marijuana, but "t$3 he initial weekend of legal operation of marijuana establishments resulted in well over 40,000 retail transactions and some establishments report sales of more than double their estimates".
Dispensaries in the state celebrated the change by opening their stores at midnight the day the sales became legal, expecting large crowds in the stores and even setting off fireworks.
Cover: A customer pays for cannabis products at Essence Vegas Cannabis Dispensary after the start of recreational marijuana sales began on July 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The distribution crisis, however, has been caused by a legal spat brought about by Nevada's liquor industry.
Governor Brian Sandoval has issued a state of emergency (although we should point out that this doesn't mean military helicopters shovelling out bales of the stuff). The tax department is appealing the decision.
"The business owners in this industry have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to build facilities across the state".
The Department of Taxation has not issued any distribution licenses to alcohol wholesalers as of Friday due to incomplete applications and zoning issues, according to The Reno-Gazette Journal.
The statement continues: "They have hired and trained thousands of additional employees to meet the demands of the market". This was proven last Sunday night when marijuana was legalized, making it the fifth state to do so for recreational purposes.
"It is important to emphasize that nothing in the order prohibits the marijuana industry from starting - the state can simply license the alcohol distributors and let them get to work", said Kevin Benson, a lawyer for the distributors' industry group.