The Latest on the legal battle over the licensing of marijuana businesses necessary for existing medical dispensaries to begin selling pot for recreational use on July 1 (all times local, PDT):
Nevada’s marijuana regulators are developing backup plans in case a judge refuses to lift a court order blocking the licensing of distributors necessary to launch the state’s first recreational pot sales July 1.
Carson City District Judge James Wilson intends to decide late Tuesday whether the state can license existing medical dispensaries to transport recreational pot from growers to retailers.
He temporarily halted all licensing after a group of alcohol wholesalers filed a lawsuit claiming they have exclusive rights to pot distribution licenses.
Nevada Department of Taxation spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein said Tuesday if Wilson lifts that order, officials are ready to license existing dispensaries.
If not, they intend to license qualified liquor distributors. She cautions, however, they have yet to determine whether any of the five applicants from the alcohol industry are legally qualified to do the work.
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A Nevada judge says he expects to decide Tuesday whether the state can move forward with plans for medical marijuana dispensaries to begin selling pot for recreational use for the first time on July 1.
Lawyers for the liquor industry and the Nevada Department of Taxation argued at a daylong hearing Monday whether the state has the authority to issue marijuana distribution licenses necessary to launch the sales to anyone besides alcohol distributors.
Carson City District Judge James Wilson said he had hoped to issue a decision following the more than six hours of testimony but now plans to rule Tuesday.
It’s been legal for adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana in Nevada and consume it in private residences since the beginning