Judge signals possible end to Nevada marijuana license hearing next week – Las Vegas Sun

John Locher / AP

In this July 1, 2017, file photo, a cashier rings up a marijuana sale at a cannabis dispensary in Las Vegas. A Nevada judge says she expects next week to finish hearing a case that has dozens of companies that lost bids to open retail pot stores asking her to stop the state from licensing new marijuana businesses. Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez on Friday, July 12, 2019, scheduled at least a 15th day of testimony on Monday, July 15 in Las Vegas.

Deonne Contine, the former director of the Nevada Department of Taxation, testified on Friday during a retail marijuana licensing hearing that there wasn’t anything wrong with how her department established cannabis business enforcement rules.

“I believe the regulations are valid,” Contine said. “I believed then and I believe now that the regulations were adopted under the statute, and they interpret or carry out the provisions of the statute.”

Last year, the state approved about five-dozen conditional retail cannabis licenses out of a pool of 461 applicants. Dozens of companies that lost bids teamed earlier this year to file an injunction to stop the state from issuing the licenses.

A hearing to decide the fate of the injunction is scheduled to last at least into its 15th day on Monday at the Regional Justice Center. Clark County District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez, who will make a determination once the hearing concludes, said closing arguments could happen next week.

On Friday, Contine, who now heads the state’s Department of Administration, finished her second and final day on the stand. At times, she seemed exasperated by what she deemed to be repetitive.

Plaintiff lawyers questioned Contine on determinations the department made about which applicants to perform background checks

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