The Latest on the legal battle of the launch of Nevada’s recreational pot sales (all times local):
The deputy director of Nevada’s Department of Taxation says state regulators still intend to have the necessary licenses in place July 1 to start selling marijuana for recreational use despite an ongoing lawsuit over the regulations.
Anna Thornley testified in Carson City District Court on Monday that the state has planned since February to have the “early start” program up and running by July to start bringing in tax revenue before a permanent system must be adopted on Jan. 1, 2018.
Thornley says none of the 90 applications received for distribution licenses have been approved so far. Five of those are from liquor wholesalers and the other 85 are from existing medical marijuana dispensaries.
Thornley says some of the applications are incomplete and have been returned to the applicants to provide additional information. But she told Judge James Wilson, “It’s the department’s intention to issue licenses by July 1.”
The hearing is expected to last all day.
A Nevada liquor wholesaler who wants to start distributing marijuana next month says the licensing plan the state set up for recreational pot is the most complicated he has experienced in his 45 years in business.
Capitol Beverage Owner Curt Brown took the witness stand Monday as a judge hears testimony on whether some existing medical pot dispensaries can serve as middleman by delivering the drug from growers to retailers.
Part of the legal dispute centers on the fact the federal government still prohibits possession of marijuana.
State regulators say that’s made most alcohol distributors leery of entering into the pot business because they fear doing so could jeopardize their federal liquor licenses.
Brown is among those who set up new