They sold so much weed since July 1st, they have already run out in some of their dispensaries!
Nevada legalized the use in November 2016 and started the sale for recreational purposes on July 1st which was done with much fanfare, and a lot of fireworks. State Senator Tick Segerblom made the first purchase at Reef Dispensary in Las Vegas at 12:01 a.m. in front of the media and while fireworks were exploding off the top of the large building. Sales the first two days topped 3 million, according to the Nevada Dispensary Association.
One problem they should have foreseen, and didn’t, was the shortage that might arise from the frantic pace of sales. That pace created a shortage within 10 days, and now dispensaries have run out of cannabis for sale.
The problem is a lack of wholesale suppliers. A legal battle has been going on over wholesale licensing, and there are not enough wholesalers to support the 47 state licensed dispensaries. This is in part due to the Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada and a lawsuit they filed which challenged the issuance of licenses claiming they broke with the language and intent of Question 2, the ballot measure to passed in November.
Under the measure, cannabis was supposed to be regulated like alcohol, and the group further argued the language of the measure gave the right exclusively to alcohol distributors for the first 18 months of sales. A judge agreed with the Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada and the case is now mired in a legal battle.
The Nevada Tax Commission responded, with a nod from Nevada Governor Sandoval, and will address the shortage on July 13th with emergency regulations. The Reno Gazette-Journal reported:
“Based on reports of adult-use marijuana sales already far exceeding the industry’s expectations at the state’s 47 licensed retail marijuana stores, and the reality that many stores are running out of inventory, the Department must address the lack of distributors immediately,” Stephanie Klapstein, a spokesman for the Department of Taxation, told USA Today. “Unless the issue with distributor licensing is resolved quickly, the inability to deliver product to retail stores will result in many of these people losing their jobs and will bring this nascent market to a grinding halt.”
Nevada is expected to have excellent sales of cannabis due to the volume of tourists that visit Sin City each year. The tax revenue they generate is also expected to be excellent, and they raised over $1 million in the first few days alone.
“Everything we know shows that millennials are very pro-marijuana, and that’s the new marketing push,” Nevada state Sen. Tick Segerblom, a longtime legalization advocate, told the Las Vegas Sun. “This is a game-changer for Las Vegas and tourism here as far as I’m concerned.”