Silver state “Nevada” faces grievances about discreet in awarding the license to sell marijuana in the flourishing legal market. Several companies sued the state tax department while arguing over the criteria used by the officials to award a new license. The complainants argued that there is no fixed information about who and how seeks permission to sell cannabis to adults, or to the tourists.
One of the lawsuits says, “Complainants will ask the judge on Monday to temporarily freeze the grants for Marijuana medical dispensary licenses until the court makes any decision in regard to the suspected violation.
The court hearing will focus on the second wave of dispensaries which were approved in December. The local lawmakers are deciding on allowing pot lounges on or near the Las Vegas strip.
Companies are consistently arguing that Nevada unconstitutionally picked winners and losers from the 462 applicants for newly built 61 dispensaries.
“Such selective license grants need to be open and out in a transparent way,” said Vincent Savarese, who has put up the constitutional challenge on behalf of Serenity Wellness center and 10 more companies.
“ The main point is to eradicate marijuana trade from illegal enterprises viz. street peddlers, gangsters, and other associated groups to make sure that such people don’t have participation in legal marijuana enterprise” he further added.
There are plans underway to release the name of all the applicants and license holders once the law is passed.” As said by Ky Plaskon, spokesman for the state Department of Taxation.
Sisolak, a Democrat who was elected last November while calling a state Marijuana regulatory program is studying the formation of Cannabis compliance board.
As the sales figures are growing magnanimously hundreds of millions are at stake.
Plakson says, “In the past six months of 2018, dispensaries reported a total sales of $884 million out of which the state shared almost $72 million in taxes on recreational sales.”
The court hearing on Monday is expected to create a high buzz in the cannabis market as six lawsuits are filed against state taxation department itself.
“I’m not saying licenses are provided corruptly but I’m saying if it is the case then the process is opaque enough to provide the cover for it,” Savarese said.