Dispensaries, state regulators say recreational pot rollout was success

LAS VEGAS - Marijuana dispensaries and state regulators have called the roll-out of recreational marijuana pot sales a big success.
   
Sales started a full six months ahead of schedule passed by voters in November.  And as the extremely long lines at the 40-some retail marijuana spots around the valley level off a bit, there is reportedly still a lot that needs to be worked out.

However, dispensary owners say there's still a steady stream of customers coming in the door, and they expect this to hold true for the foreseeable future.

"It's going to be a lot calmer," said Charles Villalobos, a recreational marijuana user. "I think it's going to end up dying down."

Villalobos hopes the lines are gone for good.

"As more dispensaries open, then we'll have an even flow like at a grocery store, it's not going to be as crowded," Villalobos said.

Existing medical marijuana dispensaries can continue to apply to sell recreational marijuana before the licensing process opens up to everyone at the end of next year.  The permanent regulations for retail weed businesses will be finalized by the end of this year.
   
State Senator Tick Segerblom says the rules likely won't change much from the current early-start regulations.

"I think when you start to see how we're doing it, what would we change? We don't need to make it more restrictive," said State Sen. Segerblom.  "I think the governor was very smart to go ahead and roll out early."

Metro Police said so far there hasn't been a spike in the number of citations or DUI's related to pot. And that's dating back to the first of the year.

There also hasn't been any major marijuana-related crimes reported, Metro said.  Things aren't any different when it comes to the workplace either.  Marijuana is now legal, but your employer has the final say on workplace policy.

So, here's the big question: Will the distributor issue be resolved?  The tax department's director predicts distributors will get licenses to transport marijuana within three weeks.
   
In the meantime, many dispensaries are confident they won't run out before that happens.

"You might see a couple of speed-bumps along the way, with certain locations, but overall I think the industry's going to be just fine," said Andrew Jolley, CEO, The Source Dispensaries.

 

 


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