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Nevada stores exhausting their legal marijuana, Governor to declare ‘state of emergency’

In less than two weeks after recreational marijuana started selling legally in Nevada, stores across the state are on the verge of exhausting their stock of pot meant for sale, according to a report by the state Department of Taxation.

People flocked to the stores in droves and emptied their stock of marijuana across the state. At the behest of the Taxation Department, Governor Brian Sandoval has agreed to declare a “state of emergency.” This would help state officials frame new regulations that would allow more and more dispensaries to procure licenses to sell marijuana in the state, somewhat alleviating the shortage of pot.

“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. Some establishments report the need for delivery within the next several days,” said state Department of Taxation spokesperson Stephanie Klapstein, via an email.

New regulation would help more players sell pot

Almost half of the pharmacies in Las Vegas have licenses to sell legal marijuana meant for recreational purposes that started selling the drug from July 1, 2017. However, some of the retailers do not have the authority to restock their inventory. Hence, the new regulation would address this shortfall.

With the passing of the regulation, the department would have the permission to consider a large number of applications for distribution licenses. Obtaining a permission would mean the legal authority would be able to transport recreational marijuana from cultivation and packaging units to dispensaries.

According to Klapstein, 15 percent tax on marijuana cultivation generates state revenue used for public education. She said a collapsed marijuana market would have far-reaching consequences. “A halt in this market will lead to a hole in the state’s school budget,” said Klapstein.

Many liquor wholesalers have applied for pot distribution licenses

As of now, alcohol wholesalers in Nevada have the sole right to transport marijuana from growers to retailers. This was arranged by a temporary court order by a Carson City district judge in June. The motive behind this is to protect alcohol stores so that their business sustain a growing demand for recreational marijuana.

Several liquor wholesalers have applied for distribution licenses, according to Klapstein. However, since the majority of them do not meet the criteria, it would be difficult for them to obtain a license. None of the applicants reported that they were refused an inspection by the department, Klapstein said.

Medical marijuana is legal in 29 U.S. states and Washington D.C. In spite of legalizations, there is a flourishing black market for marijuana. However, marijuana use is not completely free from restraints. Smoking marijuana and driving is strictly prohibited and one is still liable to be prosecuted for smoking marijuana in certain cases, especially while reporting to work.

Dealing with addiction

Despite the outcry in the entire country for legalization of pot, the fact remains that it is undeniably an addictive drug. Studies have shown marijuana use can cause changes in the brain function and structure. Teens should keep away from marijuana because its use can affect their brain development, say experts.

Addiction is a scourge, which kills millions of people the world over. Severe addiction is always a threat, be it to marijuana, opioids, alcohol or any other harmful street drugs. Flirting with any addictive substance can be dangerous. However, addiction is treatable and with a comprehensive program, one can gain long-term recovery. If you or a loved one is grappling with an addiction, seek immediate help. Call the 24-hour drug helpline number of 24/7Recoveryhelpline at 855-441-4405 or chat online for an immediate assistance. Our experts can provide the best drug rehab help for patients.

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