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Nevada Official Wants Tandem Recreational & MMJ Market

The official in charge of Nevada’s medical cannabis program told the state Senate Finance Committee that the same products should be sold in both the medical and recreational cannabis markets in the state, with only different taxes applied at the point-of-sale, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Joe Pollock, the deputy administrator of the Division of Public and Behavioral Health, said treating the products differently would create regulatory burdens on the industry.

“I think there’s a lot of advantages of having recreational and medical marijuana treated the same, right up until the point of sale,” Pollock said in the report.

The setup would be different than the current system in place in Colorado, where there are different checkout counters for medical and recreational sales.

Pollock’s comments are the latest sign that Nevada’s adult-use market could differ from the infrastructure in other states. Lawmakers are expected to take up a public-use bill this session that would allow social clubs to operate in the state. And while the state legislatures in Maine and Massachusetts have both passed legislation delaying the implementation of the voter-approved cannabis measures, Nevada officials have indicated that they are six months ahead of schedule, anticipating adult-use sales to begin as early as July 1.

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