Published: Wed, July 12, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Shortage of legal weed: Nevada Governor declares 'State of Emergency'

Shortage of legal weed: Nevada Governor declares 'State of Emergency'

Legalized recreational marijuana is a hit in Nevada, so much so that the state's pot stores are nearly out of supply after just 10 days.

It will be voted by officials from the Nevada Tax Commission on Thursday.

Since numerous stores ran out of marijuana to sell, state officials became anxious that the rule could negatively affect the state's bottom line.

The statement claims that "no wholesale liquor dealer has met the application requirements to receive a marijuana distributor license", the only industry that is now legally allowed to distribute marijuana.

Currently, the Nevada Department of Taxation says that there are 47 retail marijuana stores that are licensed to sell recreational marijuana across the state.

'Some establishments report the need for delivery within the next several days'.

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The Nevada Dispensary Association estimated that dispensaries made about $3 million in sales-with the state netting about $1 million in tax revenue-in the first four days of legalization.

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. The liquor industry had previously sued the state in order to gain access to marijuana distribution sales. Its voters legalized recreational marijuana use in November and come next January 1 you will be legally allowed to buy marijuana in cities where it's allowed.

It's not that it's an emergency situation to get these people their recreational drugs, but rather, one for the state's tax coffers, which could stand to lose a pretty penny if dispensaries can't sell their product.

Nevada officials may have underestimated the high level of anticipation for the state's new recreational marijuana law, because in its second weekend after launching the adult-only program, Nevada almost ran out of pot. A proposal to open dispensaries to other businesses was put forward by the Department of Taxation in May, however it was rejected in court.

"The business owners in this industry have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to build facilities across the state". Nevada's Department of Taxation received seven applications from such stores but has had trouble reviewing and accepting them, mostly because of incomplete applications and zoning issues, according to Deonne Contine, a Department Executive Director. The statement signed by the governor warns that inaction "will result in many of these employees losing their jobs and will cause this nascent industry to grind to a halt".

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