Governor Brian Sandoval, R-NV, signed an emergency regulation Friday, allowing the Department of Taxation to issue marijuana distributor licenses to non-wholesale liquor dealers.
Seven liquor wholesalers applied for pot distribution licenses, but none of them have met the requirements, so they haven’t been approved.
The governor’s ruling is in an effort to avoid any interruption in supply for marijuana dispensaries.
The Taxation Department sent the following statement:
“The emergency regulation the Governor signed does not bypass the court ruling by the Carson City judge. That ruling required the Department to follow a regulatory process to make the determination — and, until the regulatory structure was in place, only allowed the Department to license liquor wholesalers as marijuana distributors. This emergency regulation is that regulatory process. What the emergency regulation does is create the structure for the Department to follow as it assesses whether there are enough liquor distributors to keep the market moving, or if it needs to license non-liquor wholesalers. The Department is at once fully complying with the court order and trying to solve the real problem of the current shortage of marijuana distributors.”
The regulations are expected to be approved by the tax commission next week.