Updated 12:53 pm PDT, Friday, May 24, 2019
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Attorneys for dozens of Nevada marijuana businesses have begun a multi-day hearing before a judge they’re asking to at least temporarily freeze new dispensary licenses in the state’s booming recreational cannabis market.
Businesses that lost bids for new licenses last December are challenging the criteria and personnel the state used to score 462 applications and award 61 potentially lucrative licenses to 16 companies.
A fact-finding hearing about how state officials chose winning bids began Friday in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas.
It’s scheduled to continue through next week.
Some companies that won licenses have joined state attorneys defending the process.
A new state law released names of applicants two weeks ago, but didn’t derail the lawsuits.
Plaintiffs claim bias led the state to pick winners and losers.