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Nevada’s July 1 ‘Early Start’ Launch May Face Delays

A recent complaint filed by Douglas County attorney Jim Hartman may delay Nevada’s Early Start adult use cannabis regulations — adopted on May 8 by the Nevada Tax Commission — by up to two months from the July 1 target date.

According to a Las Vegas Review-Journal report, Hartman filed an official complaint last Wednesday with the Nevada attorney general’s office. In the complaint, which he had threatened to file during the May 8 meeting, Hartman argued that the May 8 meeting’s agenda broke state law because it “did not reference ‘marijuana,’ ‘early start’ or ‘Question 2.'”

Commissioners at the meeting chose to adopt regulations for the Early Start market anyway, saying at the time that they did not believe their agenda violated the law.

However, if the tax commission’s agenda is found to have violated state law, commissioners would have to revisit the agenda item on June 26 — which could mean a two-month delay for Nevada‘s adult use cannabis regime.

The Nevada Tax Commission began accepting applications earlier this month from existing medical cannabis companies to be the first participants in the state’s adult-use market.

Eight U.S. states (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts) and Washington D.C. have legalized recreational cannabis.

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