On Thursday Nevada moved to reduce supply problems at recreational marijuana stores. The stores have faced overwhelming demand for newly legal pot and the possibility of their shelves going empty.
Regulators approved emergency rules that would speed up licensing for pot distributors. The sticking point launched a legal battle and threatened the flow of supplies after dozens of retailers started selling recreational marijuana on July 1.
Dictating that only alcohol wholesalers can transport the drug from growers to storefronts for the next 18 months, Nevada’s law is unique among legal pot states. But the state rewrote the rules to make it clear that it’s legal to license some retailers to transport pot from growers to storefronts.
According to the Associated Press, Nevada became the fifth state in the U.S. with stores selling marijuana for recreational purposes, opening a market early Saturday that is eventually expected to outpace any other in the nation thanks to the millions of tourists who flock to Las Vegas.
People began purchasing marijuana shortly after midnight, just months after voters approved legalization in November and marking the fastest turnaround from the ballot box to retail sales in the country.
Hundreds of people lined up at Essence Cannabis Dispensary on the Las Vegas Strip. People were excited and well-behaved as a lone security guard looked on. A valet was available to park the cars of customers.
A cheer erupted when the doors opened.