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Nevada Legalizes Marijuana, Transport Feud Limits Supply

Nevada Legalizes Marijuana, Transport Feud Limits Supply

We hope we have sufficient supply to last a few days or weeks until the distributors are able to come online to supply us.
The Nevada state has finally legalized the sale and use of marijuana for recreational purposes. However, store chains worry that supply of the green stuff won’t be enough to meet the demands due to a transport guideline issued with the proclamation.

Implemented last Saturday, the new law specifies that only Nevada’s alcohol distributors may transport the marijuana products from cultivators to distributors. However, the state has not yet issued any license to any alcohol distributor to do so.

According to Andrew Jolley, CEO of The Source, “I think they’d like to do it; they’re just not ready,” he also said, “We hope we have sufficient supply to last a few days or weeks until the distributors are able to come online to supply us.”

The Source is a company with marijuana dispensaries in Las Vegas and its suburb Henderson.

Since the law has been passed it has been reported that demand for the recreational drug has skyrocketed. Long queues of customers have flocked dispensaries that offer the green stuff.

Some community groups complain that the legalization might endager the health of other citizens. Thus, they call out to marijuana enthusiasts to instead find a way to get over their addiction.

The strong demand coupled with low supplies worries distributors just like ReLeaf, a medical dispensary in Las Vegas that opened in 2015. The owner says that it has catered to almost 1,000 customers every single day since Saturday, most of which came from nearby states.

“The line is out the door and the line just doesn’t stop,” he said. “People are there when we open [at 10 a.m.] and they’re there when we close [at midnight].”

States that legalize the recreational use of marijuana like Nevada usually encounter the same problem on regulatory and logistic challenges.

The passage of the law came after residents of Nevada voted in favor of the legalization of recreational marijuana last November. It has been reported that the law took almost 7 months to be fully approved due to specific guidelines and issues that lawmakers needed to address.

Nevada lawmakers decided that in the first 18 months, liquor distributors should have a monopoly over the transportation of the cannabis. However, after lawmakers reached out to liquor distributors, only a few expressed their cooperation. According to

Nevada Department of Taxation, most distributors said they didn’t want to it. Surprisingly, when the taxation department decided to allow other businesses to transport the marijuana, some liquor distributors reacted negatively.

The cooperative of alcohol distributors of Nevada appealed in a court to force the taxation department to return the exclusive distributorship to them.

A Carson City judge ruled in favor of the industry group, while the taxation department appealed the decision. The conflict resulted in a delay in the distribution of license to transport the marijuana.

Only 8 other states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, with only 5 allowing the sale of it. These states include Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. On the other hand, 29 states have already passed a law allowing the medical use of marijuana.

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