A district judge from Nevada has ruled that there is a “lack of capacity to distribute sufficient quantities of recreational marijuana throughout the state”, in the light of recent legalization news. As several cases have shown in the past, the demand for recreational marijuana has been huge in the first few days since the legalization, and Nevada just isn’t ready for that yet.
Carson City District Judge James Russell temporarily lifts the restraining order granted to the Independent Alcohol Distributors (IAD) of Nevada. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
“Russell said after an hour-long hearing that there is overwhelming evidence alcohol wholesalers don’t have the capability to meet the needs of dozens of recreational pot dispensaries from Las Vegas to Reno.”
The small size of the IAD’s distribution network has caused a noticeable lack of marijuana in the Las Vegas Valley’s recreational shops – only further showing the unexpected demand for marijuana in states that recently legalized it.
As per Nevada’s Tax Director, Mr. Deonne Contine, “Sales had dropped as much as 30 percent at some marijuana storefronts in recent weeks.”
“Legal recreational sales of marijuana started with a bang July 1,” Contine explained. “Since then, state Tax Director Deonne Contine has insisted the tiny distribution network’s inability to keep pace with demand is forcing up prices and sending buyers back to the black market.”
Judge Russell revoked the restraining order one day after the Nevada Tax Commission established “there was an insufficient number of alcohol wholesalers to meet the growing demand.”, which means that this decision might pave the way for other distributors and suppliers throughout the state.
Even though you are not allowed to smoke recreational marijuana in public places, hotel rooms or while waiting for the Jack of spades, thanks to Thursday’s ruling from Judge Russell, at least the availability of recreational marijuana in Nevada’s marijuana shops is a sure bet for now.