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Nevada declares emergency: Not enough marijuana

Staff Writer | July 12, 2017
Unlike other states dealing with illegal use, Nevada has problems with not enough of the legal stuff available.
Brian Sandoval
Different problems   Recreational marijuana became legal on July 1
Since recreational marijuana became legal on July 1, the 47 retail dispensaries have been unable to keep up with the demand.

The state Department of Taxation declared a state of emergency last week, warning "this nascent industry could grind to a halt."

Governor Brian Sandoval, who did not support legalization, last week endorsed emergency regulations to increase supply.

He authorized the Nevada Tax Commission to hold a hearing Thursday to establish emergency reforms, including speeding up the review process for transport licenses and allowing cannabis companies to move pot if they meet certain requirements.

Sandoval said he endorsed the state of emergency prepared by the department's executive director, Deonne Contine, who said the industry would be unable to function "unless the issue with distributor licensing is resolved quickly."