Nevada Bill Aims to Give Recreational Cannabis Sales an Early Start

Nevada Bill Aims to Give Recreational Cannabis Sales an Early Start

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Hoping to help fight the proliferation of black market cannabis, two Nevada state lawmakers have introduced legislation that would give an early start to recreational cannabis sales.

Introduced by State Sen. Tick Segerblom and Assemblyman Steve Yeager, Senate Bill 203 would allow medical cannabis dispensaries to temporarily sell cannabis to non-cardholders until the first recreational dispensary becomes licensed and operational.

At the same time, the state Department of Taxation, which will be responsible for regulating recreational cannabis, drafted its own rules that would also allow for the early sale of cannabis through medical dispensaries. A public workshop on the draft rules has been scheduled for March 29, 2017.

Under current law, recreational cannabis sales will begin no later than Jan. 1, 2018; however, under the department’s draft rules, medical dispensaries could begin selling recreational cannabis by July 1, 2017.

Speaking with the Las Vegas Sun, Segerblom said that his bill was not about beating the Department of Taxation to the regulatory punch.

“We’re not trying to compete with the Department of Taxation,” said Segerblom. “This bill will be there in case there are any hiccups.”

William Sumner is a freelance writer and marijuana journalist located in Panama City, FL. Passionate about writing, William is dedicated to journalistic integrity and providing quality insight on current events. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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