On Aug. 17, 2017, Nevada District Judge James Todd Russell lifted a temporary restraining order against the Nevada Department of Taxation that prevented the department from issuing recreational marijuana distribution licenses to businesses other than licensed alcohol distributors.
Russell had initially issued the order after representatives from the Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada complained that alcohol distributors did not receive due process when the tax department revoked their licensing exclusivity.
But upon further review of the case, Russell acknowledged that there were not enough alcohol distributors interested in acquiring recreational marijuana distribution licenses to meet the demands of the market.
“It appears to the court that there is a need for additional distributors over and above the alcohol distributors,” Russell said, as quoted by the Reno Gazette-Journal
However, Russell did note that Nevada’s alcohol distributors still have the right to appeal the department’s decision.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, alcohol distributors have already requested a stay and plan on immediately sending a notice of appeal to the department, meaning that the issuance of recreational marijuana distribution licenses will be delayed if the stay and appeal are granted.