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Nevada pot regulators get more money to deal with demand

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Nevada's marijuana regulators are getting more money to try to keep up with demands at recreational dispensaries where sales continue to outpace projections.

The Nevada Appeal reports the Interim Finance Committee approved an additional $1.5 million for the Department of Taxation to hire more security guards and beef up staff to process background checks for workers at marijuana facilities.

Sales have surpassed projections every month since recreational marijuana for adult use became legal July 1.

Taxation Director Bill Anderson told the Interim Finance Committee the state collected 97 percent of the taxes over the first nine months of the year that was anticipated for the entire fiscal year. He says the workload is severely straining the existing staff.

Recreational sales reached their highest monthly total in March at $41 million.

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