There was a lot of cannabis news last week from coast to coast. In Nevada, a state of emergency was declared to improve supply as retailers struggled keeping products on the shelves. Alaska considered a rule to allow public consumption. A legalization bill was introduced in Wisconsin. And. in Massachusetts, lawmakers continue to resolve the legislative deadlock. Find out about that more in our weekly marijuana legislative roundup.
On Thursday, Nevada regulators approved emergency regulations to boost the supply of recreational cannabis as dispensaries face shortages following the July 1 start of recreational marijuana sales. In June, a judge ruled that distributor licenses may only be granted to alcohol wholesalers for the next 18 months. Licensed distributors are the only entities allowed to transport marijuana from growers to retailers under the recreational marijuana law passed by voters in November.
Officials at the Department of Taxation had determined in March that insufficient interest existed among alcohol wholesalers to meet demand for recreational cannabis, and sought to license some existing medical marijuana dispensaries to serve as their own recreational cannabis distributors. The judge sided with alcohol wholesalers who argued that the DoT failed to follow proper regulatory procedure in making that determination.
The new emergency regulation states that the Department of Taxation is allowed to issue distributor licenses to dispensaries in order to meet demand. It also requires that alcohol wholesalers demonstrate the capacity to meet demand, and detail how they plan to avoid jeopardizing their liquor licensing while distributing a product that remains illegal under federal law.
Earlier on Thursday, the Nevada Department of Taxation issued its first recreational marijuana distributor license to an alcohol wholesaler, Crooked Wine.
On Friday, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board voted to approve a rule allowing…