Why recreational marijuana sales could face delays in some Northern Nevada communities

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The countdown is on. There are just 16 days to go until Nevada's Early Start recreational marijuana program is set to launch on July 1.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Reno City Council unanimously approved four new business licenses to allow the city's four medical marijuana dispensaries to sell recreational pot.

Blüm, Mynt Cannabis, Sierra Wellness Connection, and The Dispensary will all be allowed to sell marijuana to anyone over the age of 21 starting next month.

A city official said they will not license any other dispensaries in Reno -- at least not this year. Council members said they want to work with the four dispensaries to find out what works for retail sales and what doesn't, and also help develop new regulations for recreational marijuana starting next year.

However, the July 1 launch date could be delayed because of a pending court case in Carson City.

Liquor wholesalers filed a restraining order against the state, demanding they get the exclusive opportunity to apply for marijuana distribution licenses as promised in Question 2.

This week, state lawyers tried to convince a judge to dismiss the lawsuit and allow marijuana businesses to be their own distributors. The judge refused and scheduled a day-long hearing for Monday.

Recreational sales in Nevada cannot begin until the lawsuit is settled and the distribution issue is worked out.

Meanwhile, Carson City won't allow recreational sales for at least a couple more months.

Currently, the city has a moratorium on recreational marijuana, which is set to expire in late July. The Carson City Community Development Director said officials are actually thinking about extending that moratorium to September.

Carson officials will hold a public workshop next Tuesday night to discuss the city's marijuana regulations. IT's scheduled for June 20 at 5:00 p.m. in the Community Center Sierra Room.

Washoe County commissioners just approved the first medical marijuana dispensary in Spanish Springs this week.

They voted 3-2 to allow Green Thumb Industries to open a dispensary in the Save Mart shopping center off Pyramid Highway.

This comes after local residents repeatedly protested the dispensary because they thought it was too close to a local school. The Board of County Commissioners denied the company's previous applications twice before approving a different location across the highway.

It's not clear if Green Thumb Industries is interested in applying for a recreational license, but the deadline to do so was two weeks ago. The Nevada Department of Taxation will open up another brief window for recreational applications sometime later this year.

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