Dispensaries' plea: Keep that recreational marijuana coming
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
Here at The Source on Rainbow, it's been nothing — they tell me — but steady business since Friday night, when it became legal in Nevada to buy recreational marijuana.
“Yeah, it was a great weekend. Very busy. All very tired,” says Andrew Jolley, the dispensary’s owner.
He's also the president of the Nevada Dispensary Association, which estimates somewhere between $3 million and $5 million in retail pot sales statewide this weekend.
But there is one problem: supply.
“We're OK for now. But I'm hearing from others in the industry that are very concerned about that,” Jolley told me. At some dispensaries, it’s running low.
It's because the supply chain isn't fully up and running.
Alcohol distributors will be the ones that bring the pot from the growhouse to the store.
The state Department of Taxation tells me Wednesday it has received six alcohol distributor applications, of which two are considered to be nearly ready for the marijuana distribution business.
At the Clark County Commission on Wednesday, commissioners sent more distributors up to Carson City for approval.
Can the alcohol folks get pot coming quickly?
“Absolutely,” says alcohol distributor Margaret Arquilla, who received county approval during the meeting.
She's ready for marijuana.
“We are already set up to distribute and deliver a controlled substance throughout the city, so changing into another controlled substance is a pretty easy fix,” Arquilla says.
Back at The Source, I met customers Jason and Melisa, who flew into Las Vegas to be married this weekend. First, though, they had some business to attend to.
“We just flew in 30 minutes ago. Rental car straight to The Source,” Jason told me. They’re from Atlanta, where recreational marijuana is illegal.
“Down South, it’s not that accepted. And it feels good to come to a state that is legal,” he said, adding, “To walk in here and be able to purchase without any conviction, and law enforcement that's going to follow us out of here, we're legal. We're doing it legally.”
Indeed, a new day – for Jason and Nevada.