CARSON CITY, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) —
Nevada tax officials will allow others, in addition to liquor wholesalers, to start getting licenses to distribute recreational marijuana in Nevada.
The Nevada Department of Taxation decided on Thursday to start issuing licenses to others who meet the qualifications to become recreational marijuana distributors.
According to spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein, the department will start reviewing “about 80 applications they received in May from other businesses.”
The department will then start issuing marijuana distributor licenses to the ones that meet the minimum qualifications.
Alcohol wholesalers have been the only group allowed to be licensed until Thursday’s decision.
During Thursday’s three-hour public meeting held in Henderson, several people spoke in favor of an “expanded pool” of recreational marijuana distributors.
Tax officials previously tried to open the distribution process to medical marijuana dispensaries, but liquor wholesalers argued in court that such action violated the law.
A Carson City judge sided with the wholesalers, saying the state needed to establish formal criteria to determine if there aren’t enough distributors.