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Releaf, other recreational marijuana stores seek relief in restocking efforts

One week after Nevada launched legal recreational marijuana sales, the state’s 47 dispensaries are already facing a possible shortage. (Scott Kost/KSNV)

One week after Nevada launched legal recreational marijuana sales, the state’s 47 dispensaries are already facing a possible shortage.

The slim supply prompted Gov. Brian Sandoval to sign onto emergency regulations that could fix the industry’s distribution problem.

It comes down to a dispute over distribution. While marijuana businesses have been transporting medical marijuana for a few years now, that is not the case for the recreational supply.

State law gives liquor wholesalers first dibs at the job of taking the weed from the grow house to the storefront.

“It remains to be seen how many distributors we need because that depends on their capacity and their ability to serve the market, but it sounds like there will be enough, eventually,” said Nevada Dispensary Association President Andrew Jolley. “It’s more of a timing issue of how quickly they can get up and running and resupplying dispensaries.”

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Emergency regulations would give the state’s Tax Department the power to determine if there are enough companies capable of handling the industry’s distribution needs. If there is not an adequate amount of distributors, the state could license some marijuana establishments to start handling distribution as well.

For dispensaries across Nevada, a quick fix can’t come soon enough.

For example, at Las Vegas Releaf dispensary, the menu board is now down to slim options with supply running low. The dispensary already sold out of most edible products, including chocolates, brownies, cookies and gummies.

“It’s very depleted … definitely some holes — but all of our product is really good,” said Danielle Write who works as a “budtender” at Releaf.

The governor’s emergency regulations are expected to be adopted July 13, but the industry is hoping for some relief even sooner.

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