Nevada governor declares ‘statement of emergency’ amid marijuana shortage

FILE- In this July 1, 2017, photo, plants are on display during the first day of recreational marijuana sales at The Source dispensary in Las Vegas. The Nevada Tax Commission is expected to approve an emergency regulation on Thursday to issue distribution licenses needed to address an anticipated supply shortage in the coming weeks. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada’s governor has endorsed a statement of emergency declared for recreational marijuana regulations after the state’s tax authority declared that many stores as running out of weed.

The Nevada Tax Commission said in a statement it will consider emergency regulations on Thursday to provide a structure for marijuana distribution to retailers. It would allow for liquor wholesalers to get in on the marijuana business, according to KSTU–FOX 13.

The distribution issue is at the center of a legal fight between the state and Nevada’s liquor industry, which sued to get in on the business. Nevada has appealed to the state’s supreme court.

In an email Tuesday, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval’s office clarified that a state of emergency is reserved for natural disasters. In this case, a statement of emergency allows for “a prompt response to a temporary situation.”

Voters approved recreational marijuana in November, and sales began July 1. Within the first weekend, sales were around $3 million, according to the Nevada Dispensary Association.

Read the full story on KSTU–FOX 13.


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