Although voters in Nevada chose to legalize recreational marijuana last November, recreational users who aren’t registered and licensed as medical cannabis users have been in an awkward position. You can legally possess up to an ounce of flower or one-eighth of marijuana concentrate in our state, but unless you are medical cannabis patient, you still cannot legally purchase cannabis at dispensaries or elsewhere.
Fortunately, the state of Nevada has been surprisingly responsive to the voice of its voters. After making initial promises that recreational marijuana sales would begin in the spring or summer of 2017, local and state departments began procedures for formalizing recreational marijuana sale in March and April.
During a joint meeting of the Senate committees on judiciary and the Nevada Assembly last Wednesday night, state representatives confirmed they hope the first retail sales of recreational marijuana will begin, as promised, on July 1, 2017.
Deon Contine, director of the Nevada Department of Taxation, confirmed the state’s goal, announcing that the proposal for “early start” recreational licenses was presented during Wednesday’s joint meeting. The proposal would grant Nevada medical marijuana facilities which have been deemed “in good standing,” temporary recreational sale licenses, good through January 1, 2018.
According to Contine, the temporary proposal is a security measure for the state and will allow the marijuana industry’s new governing body, the Department of Taxation, the opportunity to identify and solve any potential issues with recreational marijuana sales before issuing longer-term state certifications in 2018.
Nevada medical marijuana facilities, including cannabis dispensaries, cultivation, and production facilities establish “good standing” by going six months without the suspension of their state licenses, issued by the medical marijuana industry’s current regulating body, the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health. Most of Nevada’s 190 active marijuana license holders currently meet that requirement, including Las Vegas ReLeaf.
According to Contine, the Department of Taxation will be voting to finalize the proposed regulations today; meaning that applications for Nevada’s early start recreational program will be sent in this month. If passed, medical marijuana license holders will have until May 31, to submit their application to the state.
In addition to allowing the sale and purchase of recreational marijuana, the proposed regulations will also allow recreational marijuana facilities to deliver their products to customers in the same way we deliver for our current medical patients. According to reports of the meeting, the proposal for Nevada’s early start program was almost unanimously agreed on and praised by representatives of the local cannabis industry.
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