Never a state to shrink from its historic alcohol industry roots, assuming voters pass a legalization next year, regulators will initially issue lucrative MJ distributor licenses to current wholesale alcohol distributors.
And like problematic Arizona rules, the Petition 1 language will allow citizens to grow six plants only if they are more than 25 miles away from a licensed retailer. By one estimate, this precludes about 82-88% of the Nevada’s adults. Also in the first 18 months (after rules are written in 2017) only those Nev. companies already holding a MMJ license (centers, growers, kitchens, testing)
will be allowed to expand under RMJ. At present 66 MMJ licenses are issued statewide, but are expected to increase to 100.
Local Nevada towns will be able to limit the number of RMJ stores and control zoning. The Department of Taxation will issue licenses, with a 15% excise tax paid by retailers to growers statewide. Additionally the ballot language sets a state 6.85% sales tax and an additional 1.25% locally generated tax. The excise tax—able to generate more than an estimated $100 million a year—will fund public education programs.
On the MMJ front, Euphoria Wellness and Silver State Relief are open, and between 6-9 new stores should open by Nov. 15, including Las Vegas Releaf and The Grove Wellness Center, across from the Las Vegas Hllton on Paradise (see photo). See licensed growers, edible kitchens, labs and dispensaries for Clark County at
For statewide information, visit Nevada Dept of Public Health and
Environment. Another note, the 2nd Las Vegas Hempfest, an affiliate of Seattle’s Hempfest, drew
over 2000 on Oct. 3.