Recreational pot supply remains low as legal sale nears

LAS VEGAS - When the clock strikes midnight Friday night heading into early Saturday morning, the sale of recreational pot will be legal in Nevada.

All of the dispensaries selling recreational pot will open their doors that day, but here's the question lingering in everyone's mind: Will there be enough product to go around?

Matthew Gardiner is the vice-president of Shango Las Vegas, and he says he spends every waking moment at the facility, even when he's not awake.  However, according to Gardiner, sometimes he crashes at the dispensary.

"This is my life," Gardiner said.  "It's not about how much sleep I'm getting."

Gardiner says not knowing where the pot will come from is another thing that keeps him up at night.

"The supply issue is definitely the elephant in the room," Gardiner said.

A legal battle over who can transport the marijuana from the growers to the sellers has affected the ability to distribute retail pot.  However, until the matter is worked out, marijuana shops are allowed to sell extra medical marijuana for recreational use.

"It's not optimal," said  Gardiner.  "We need these things fixed.  It needs to be repaired, and it needs to be up and running." 

The fight is with the Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada who by law get the first chance to transport pot.  

8 News NOW's attempts to reach the group and several local businesses were unsuccessful, but marijuana supporters are confident there'll be a resolution next month.

"I want to tell the world, watch out, this is the new Amsterdam," said State Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas

At a news conference Thursday, lawmakers and marijuana industry leaders seemed upbeat about Saturday's roll out, but they did acknowledge the legal distribution dispute saying it was unsettled.

"We don't see any shortages ever going to happen," said Sen. Segerblom.

Gardiner calls his projections "stark," saying he expects ten times the normal demand after Saturday, and he thinks he could sell up to 100 pounds of marijuana a week.

But, like other pot shops, Gardiner only has about two weeks worth of supply.

      


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