No solid answer as to when recreational marijuana will be sold in Nevada

LAS VEGAS - When will recreational marijuana go on sale in Nevada?  That's the big question that's been asked ever since became legal in the state on Jan. 1.  But, there's no solid answer.

Medical dispensaries could get temporary licenses from the state by July 1, but even if that happens, there still could be further delays in recreational sales.

Two months have passed since possessing and purchasing small amounts of marijuana became legal.  There's just one problem: For recreational users, there still isn't a place to legally buy it.

"We knew this would happen," said Andrew Jolley, CEO. The Source.

State regulators are working on a program to temporarily allow medical marijuana dispensaries to sell to recreational customers until full regulations can be implemented.  However, things don't always move quickly.

Dispensaries like the source are ready to sell now.

"We've been ready, and I think all of the dispensaries in Nevada would say the same thing," Jolley said.

The July 1 target date for starting recreational sales is still four months away at a minimum, according to the state.

The City of Las Vegas along with other cities and counties around the state are scrambling to draft their own regulations.

"We're at the point where we're asking questions, 'what does this mean? What does that mean?' said Karen Duddleston, Deputy Planning Director, City of Las Vegas.

Duddleston says about a dozen departments make up the city's marijuana policy and operations team.  She says the city is looking into forming regulations on issues like places for public consumption and licensing requirements for retail versus medical establishments but is in a holding pattern.

"We need to see what that state structure is going to be, both from the legislature and from state taxation, on those rules and regulations," Duddleston said.

So when the state says "go," there's still a chance local governments may say no.

"Thankfully, we've already gone through this once before, with the medical program, so my hope and expectation are that the municipalities and the state will work together to get it implemented in a timely way," Jolley said.

After state regulators enact the temporary regulations to get retail marijuana sales going, they will work on creating the formal guidelines for new recreational marijuana outlets.

By law, that has to be completed by the end of the year.
 


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