Governor set to sign bill on pot dispensary bill

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s governor is expected to sign a bill Friday to open the books on how the state awards lucrative licenses to sell recreational marijuana.

The bill will make public the identity of all marijuana license applicants and the method the state tax department used to score and rank their bids.

The licensing process has faced complaints from companies who say it is not clear what criteria officials use to award new marijuana licenses. Their complaints have turned into lawsuits and the companies accuse the state of unconstitutionally picking winners and losers for the marijuana licenses.

Department of Taxation spokesman Ky Plaskon has said plans are being made to release the names of all applicants and licensees once Gov. Steve Sisolak signs the measure.

Hundreds of millions of dollars are on the line for licensees.

Sixty-one dispensaries in Nevada reported almost $425 million in recreational pot sales in the year after broad marijuana sales began in July 2017.

Medical marijuana sales brought in another $105 million.

The measure on Sisolak’s desk easily cleared the Legislature. The governor’s office says Sisolak and the state Department of Taxation offered an amendment to the bill that makes public certain scoring and ranking information.

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