Nevada judge sets May hearing on lawsuits to halt marijuana licensing

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A Nevada judge announced she will hear arguments next month on a bid by dozens of companies to freeze a second wave of licenses for entry in to the state’s lucrative adult-use cannabis market.

A number of companies accused state tax officials of failing to disclose how they chose winners and losers last December from 462 applicants for 61 new cannabis dispensary and processing licenses.

Among the allegations is that the lack of transparency made the process “ripe for corruption.”

Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez told more than a dozen lawyers Monday she can’t officially consolidate seven lawsuits filed in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas.

Gonzalez noted she also has no jurisdiction over two other lawsuits filed in Washoe and Lyon counties.

But she said she hopes having most take part in one hearing May 24 will avoid ending up with conflicting rulings by different judges.

– Associated Press and Marijuana Business Daily