Reno Gazette Journal: Judge: Nevada marijuana businesses can apply to distribute, for now


Nevada’s marijuana market may be about to flourish again, but it could be short-lived.

Carson City District Court Judge James Russell granted the Nevada Department of Taxation the right to broaden the pool of applicants eligible to deliver recreational marijuana to the more than 50 retail dispensaries statewide.

“It appears to the court that there is a need for additional distributors over and above the alcohol distributors,” Russell said in court on Thursday.

He noted, however, that the Nevada Tax Commission could undo that privilege if it receives an appeal from the alcohol distributors, who want exclusive recreational marijuana distribution rights.

Dispensaries statewide have reported a one to two week wait for product, which has led to a 20 to 30 percent drop in sales since the market took off, as well as a 65 percent decrease in product variety, according to a taxation department report released last week.