Customers line up at the NuLeaf marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Customers line up at the NuLeaf marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas, Nevada. John Locher

Dope taxes go up in smoke

THE US state of Nevada is running out of weed. And its governor is so concerned he has just endorsed a state of emergency.

Fox News is reporting that the Nevada Tax Commission is concerned many stores legally selling recreational marijuana are running critically low on stock.

Nevada voted to legalise recreational marijuana in November. Sales began on July 1, but 10 days later the dope's dried up.

The tax office has issued a press statement saying it is considering emergency regulations, to be implemented later this week, to provide a streamlined flow of the drug to retailers.

"Based on reports of adult-use marijuana sales already far exceeding the industry's expectations at the state's 47 licensed retail marijuana stores, and the reality that many stores are running out of inventory, the department must address the lack of distributors immediately,” the statement said.

The distribution crisis, however, has been caused by a legal spat brought about by Nevada's liquor industry. It wants a cut of the trade.

So why is Nevada's governor so concerned? Cash.

"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 its statement.

"A halt in this market will lead to a hole in the state's school budget.”

Staff writers, News Corp



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