4 Reno MMJ dispensaries could be first in NV to sell rec marijuana

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The Reno City Council approved recreational marijuana business licenses for four MMJ dispensaries, positioning them to become the first in Nevada to start selling adult-use cannabis.

Thanks to a decision by Nevada regulators, existing MMJ dispensaries are allowed to participate in an early rollout of  recreational sales as soon as July 1 – as long as the businesses obtain local licenses to enter the rec market.

The city council unanimously granted that approval to four Reno dispensaries:

  • Mynt Cannabis Dispensary, in the downtown casino district a block from Harrah’s
  • Sierra Wellness Connection
  • Blum Reno
  • The Dispensary

However, the early rollout is in limbo because of a lawsuit filed by alcohol distributors who say they have exclusive rights for 18 months to transport marijuana from cultivators to retail stores. A hearing on the suit is scheduled for Monday.

The adult-use program isn’t expected to fully launch until 2018 because Nevada’s tax commission has until January to finalize regulations for the industry. Nevada’s program is on pace to become the first recreational state to go online under the Trump administration.

– Associated Press