As Nevadans worry that they may run out of pot just two weeks after it became legal, their state legislature has provided a solution — allowing liquor stores to sell the same marijuana products that had previously only been available at dispensaries.
According to the Nevada Independent, the state granted its first license to a liquor distributor on Wednesday night to respond to mounting fears that marijuana sellers would soon run out of product.
Crooked Wines of Reno, who operate in both northern and southern Nevada, became the first liquor store in the state licensed to receive and sell marijuana — but state officials say that in response to the shortage, they will be granting licenses to other companies soon.
Although 47 stores were licensed ahead of the state’s July 1 legalization date, many have begun to complain about products (primarily edibles) running out.
In a meeting of the state’s Department of Taxation, officials said that the shortage in the newly-legalized marijuana market could spell trouble for the state.
“Unless the issue with distributor licensing is resolved quickly, the inability to deliver product to retail stores will result in many of these people losing their jobs and will bring this nascent market to a grinding halt,” the department said in a statement. “A halt in this market will lead to a hole in the state’s school budget.”