As the Nevada Legislature debates a variety of cannabis-related measures, dissension among dispensary owners could impede efforts to take Nevada’s fledgling weed industry to the next level, says Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom.
The exodus of nine dispensaries from the Nevada Dispensary Association has “huge implications” according to Segerblom, who is frustrated owners are “fighting each other instead of making Nevada the New Amsterdam.”
The battle among dispensary owners stems from epic litigation over the state’s licensing process. The lawsuit ended with Judge Betsy Gonzalez agreeing with the plaintiffs that the process was flawed, but she declined to do anything about it because the number of permitted licenses is spelled out in law and she lacked remedies.
A measure before lawmakers would end the Catch-22 of legal weed sales — tourists can buy it but are prohibited from smoking it in hotels.
The “best bill,” according to Segerblom, would allow consumption at big cannabis events.
Inyo Fine Cannabis owner David Goldwater, who bolted from the NDA where he served as a board member, says he believes “legislators understand some legislative solution to the licensing debacle may be in order.”
The lack of a united front from the industry threatens all, said Segerblom.
“I am not fighting with anyone,” said NDA president Tisha Black via text. “Whether or not someone feels they are fighting with me, I cannot say.”
“Tick has always been supportive of the independent operator,” Goldwater said. “In Tick’s ‘New Amsterdam’ there needs to be a voice for independent dispensaries with local ties. The NDA no longer is a ‘dispensaries-only’ organization and only speaks for large operators.”
Other dispensaries exiting the NDA are Euphoria,