Carson City, NV: Starting this Saturday, July 1, specially licensed medical cannabis dispensaries will have the opportunity to engage in the retail sale of marijuana to adults.
State tax regulators finalized temporary rules on Monday governing adult use sales. Regulators so far have issued over 80 licenses to business establishments seeking to engage in activities specific to the production, testing, or sale of cannabis to adults.
"Adults in Nevada will now be able to access cannabis in a safe, above ground, regulated environment," NORML Political Director Justin Strekal said. "To their immense credit, lawmakers moved expeditiously to implement the will of their voters. Elected officials elsewhere would do well to follow Nevada's example."
Adult use sales are anticipated to be limited because of an ongoing legal dispute regarding who may legally transport cannabis to retail stores. Last week, a Carson City judge issued an injunction prohibiting any entity other than liquor distributors from engaging in retail marijuana transport. As a result, retailers will only be able to sell their existing inventory.
A majority of voters decided in November in favor of the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act - a voter-initiated regulating the adult use marijuana market. In May, state regulators decided in favor of expediting the timeline for retail marijuana sales from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2017.
Seven additional states -- Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Washington -- no longer impose criminal penalties with regard to the adult possession or use of cannabis.
For more information, contact Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director, or Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.