The legislation has reopened wounds between the so-called ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ — the dispensary applicants who prevailed in a round of 2018 licensing and oppose adding more stores, and those who were passed over. (File photo)
A measure that could add dozens of cannabis dispensaries to Nevada’s population centers was widely panned by competitors who say the move would flood the market, stymie ownership by women and minorities, and thwart efforts to address “social equity applicants” — those harmed by the criminalization of marijuana and excluded from positions within the industry.
Senate Bill 235 would eliminate medical marijuana licenses for dispensaries, allowing all stores to sell to medical and recreational patients. Locations that hold both licenses, if given local approvals, would be allowed to essentially transfer a license to a new location.
The bill is sponsored by Sen. Dallas Harris and has the backing of “all the members of the Dispensary Association who didn’t win a license in the last round,” NDA board member David Goldwater, one of the bill’s primary backers, said last week.
The legislation has reopened wounds between the so-called ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ — the dispensary applicants who prevailed in a round of 2018 licensing and oppose adding more stores, and the bill’s proponents — those who were passed over for licenses in 2018 and filed a legal challenge to the state’s selection process, which awarded multiple licenses to some applicants and none to others.
Many of the state’s larger cannabis licensees have been purchased by national corporations or foreign interests.
The owner of Nevada’s Essence dispensaries, Green Thumb Industries, is the subject of a Justice Department probe into allegations of pay to play involving the Illinois state licensing process, the Chicago Tribune reported this week.
Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez found fault with the