Nevada’s cannabis industry is a bright spot in the state’s otherwise dismal pandemic economy, with July sales of $82 million up 37 percent over last year, and August sales of $83.9 million up 34 percent year-to-year. But a regulatory snag is preventing hundreds of Nevadans from going to work as trimmers, budtenders, delivery drivers and more.
“…I cannot overstate how challenging and burdensome this has been to the industry,” says Brandon Wiegand, Regional General Manager of The + Source. Wiegand praised the CCB’s issuance this week of a 90-day extension on expiring agent cards.
“Although the new guidelines will offer some relief, these issues are costing the State tax revenue and preventing the industry from putting Nevadans back to work when they need it most,” he said via email.
“We’ve had to sideline team members, and several have resigned over our inability to put them on the work schedule due to their inability to get a renewal issued,” Wiegand said. “Our Reno store operated at a significantly reduced capacity due to hired staff not being able to get their temp cards in a timely manner.”
How extensive is the backlog? The state won’t say, but industry insiders, who asked not to be named for fear of retaliation, suggest it’s in the thousands.
“I personally submitted renewals prior to my cards expiring at the end of June and only just received the approval October 22,” says Wiegand. “I am not alone on these issues – I have spoken with other operators who have dealt with the same or similar challenges.”
“I have people who applied in January and February and have not received their renewals,” says Christine Gamez, General Manager of Jade Cannabis in Reno. “No one at the state responds to our emails but