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With Emergency Rules, Vegas Gears Up for Nevada’s July 1 Cannabis Launch

June 27, 2017
With the July 1 launch of Nevada’s adult-use cannabis market less than a week away, state regulators in Nevada are rushing to make sure all regulations are in place before doors open at dispensaries—some as early as the stroke of midnight.

Officials in Clark County and Las Vegas have approved a combined 37 dual-use permits for medical marijuana dispensaries to begin selling adult-use cannabis. And yes, there’s one on the Strip.

Saturday’s festivities were up in the air as recently as last week, after a Carson City judge ruled in favor of alcohol wholesalers who sued, arguing that the ballot measure approved by voters in November gives them exclusive rights to cannabis distribution licenses in the state for 18 months.


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But according to state Department of Taxation spokeswoman Stephanie Kapstein, as long as retail stores sell products that meet packaging and labeling requirements that were adopted at an emergency meeting held Monday, the July 1 launch can proceed as planned.

Not all areas will see stores open, however. Some cities have enacted local bans on adult-use cannabis. In Henderson, for example, the City Council in February approved a six-month moratorium on adult-use cannabis sales.

Emergency Regulations Adopted

The Nevada Tax Commission held a meeting Monday to adopt emergency regulations  that govern adult-use marijuana packaging and labeling.

Some regulations were already in place. Gov. Brian Sandoval had already approved rules that bar cannabis products that appeal to kids and require labels indicating the amount of THC contained in a product.


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The new regulations, according to the Las Vegas Sun, prohibit any cannabis packaging that depicts cartoon characters, mascots, action figures, balloons, or toys that might appeal to children. Advertising also can’t depict anyone under the age of 21 and cannot appear in publications or other media if the audience is more than 30% children. Advertising at sports or entertainment events at which people younger than 21 are allowed to attend will also be prohibited.

And in addition to labels indicating THC levels, products must also carry warnings against driving while under the influence.

The full emergency regulations, which are good for 120 days, are included in a PDF at the end of this article.

State Moving Forward With Licenses

Despite the legal hiccup with the alcohol distributors last week, Taxation Department spokeswoman Klapstein says officials are moving ahead full bore into day one of legalization.

More than a hundred letters have been sent to medical marijuana businesses conditionally approving them to join the adult-use market, according to the Record Courier. That includes cultivators, processors, edibles producers, and dispensaries across the state.


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Medical marijuana dispensaries will be able to sell adult-use cannabis if they have more in stock than they need for medical cardholders. Klapstein said auditors will be on the lookout to make sure dispensaries don’t stock up on excess cannabis before Saturday’s launch.

Yes, There Will Be a Dispensary on The Strip

Party animals in Las Vegas this weekend will be pleased to learn that cannabis can be purchased at a few dispensaries that are either on the Las Vegas Strip or just a stone’s throw away.

Essence Vegas, which has two locations in the city, will be open to customers at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday. Adults can visit either the

or location.

Reef, another shop near the Strip, will also launch adult-use sales immediately after midnight. The store has announced that State Sen. Tick Segerblom, who has championed legal cannabis in the Silver State, is scheduled to make the first purchase of the night.

will also be open on July 1. The store is located less than a block away from the Strip.

Not near Vegas? Visit Leafly’s dispensary finder to locate a Nevada cannabis store near you.

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  • Gary Craig

    You have to believe Shelly FunBucks ain’t happy about this.

    • XO Dosia

      i’m happy that he’s not happy about his

  • Ian M

    This whole recreational legalization bothers me. The dispensaries are gearing up which is great, but what about us medical patients. Per a friend at a dispensary medical will be pushed off to the side, demphasized and forgotten. Remember stoners if it wasn’t for us medical users fighting the battle we would have never gotten to this historic place. But please don’t forget about us med patients, we may be a small group but we need this stuff to help replace those evil pharmaceutical meds and opoids ECT….. Don’t forget us med patients we started and won this war and everyone benefits except us.

    • willnkc

      It’s the same product, I don’t see how it affect medical cannabis at all.

    • 360dunk

      ‘Per a friend’??? If your friend did the proper research, he or she would know that dual purpose dispensaries work just fine (as evidenced in Colorado). In addition, medical patients are rewarded with lower taxes and can buy more product.

    • Christine

      ”Per a friend at a dispensary medical will be pushed off to the side, demphasized and forgotten.”

      So, you’re going by a rumor? That’s a great idea.

  • 360dunk

    ‘Amsterdam on steroids’ is what one local paper calls it. The weed at Las Vegas dispensaries is already potent, affordable, pesticide-free, and now it will be available to millions of visitors instead of the current 28,000 cardholders. Law enforcement will be able to focus on real crime too. Everyone wins.

    • julius

      Great point!

      • 360dunk

        Las Vegas Raiders….has a nice ring to it.

        • Gary Craig

          Not to the fans in Oakland!

  • Daniel Abbott

    I have a question I hope someone can answer? I live in LasVegas, I have my medical card and been using for a couple years. Last month at pain management my Dr told me Pot has the same classification as my meds! So I had to choose, pills or pot! The combination together works better than one or other! I had 2 Brain Surgeries,
    I had 2 pieces of my skull removed and half of my 1st vertebrae, C5,C6 discs removed and fused the 2 vertebrae fused and carpal tunnel surgery in 8 months. I suffer from chronic pain & I have neuropathy in my dominant hand and arm!
    When will I be able to use pot or pot products again?

    • 360dunk

      Your post kind of makes no sense (unless I misinterpreted it). If you have a medical marijuana card, you can buy pot now. Also, the doctor cannot deny you marijuana…plenty of people use synthetic pain killers AND marijuana. As of this Saturday, you can even buy your ganja without a card.

      • Daniel Abbott

        I’m confused myself. My Brain surgeon put me on pot not my pain management Dr. My pain management Dr will not give me my meds if I use pot! I don’t understand it since I’ve been using pot as well as my meds for 3 years! Pain management Dr will drug test me every month, as long as my THC levels reduce from the previous month, I get my scripts.

        • FlunkedAgain

          Find another doctor.

      • Gary Craig

        Meanwhile us saps back east, mid Atlantic region, continue to wait, wait and wait some more. Some states will NEVER legalize cannabis for ANY reason. I live in a, supposed, “blue state.” Maryland is blue in name only. Our mmj was enacted in 2014. Yet here we are in mid 2017 with nothing, with implementation slated for sometime in 2018. Truly pathetic. People are suffering and politicians continue to play games. By the way congratulations to you in Nevada!

        • 360dunk

          Honestly, if I was in your position I’d establish residency in D.C. and buy it there, then drive it home to Maryland.

          • Gary Craig

            Wow, really!?! Damn, why didn’t I think of that!? Your solution is easier said than done, at least for me. Heck if I had the means I’d move out west. Thanks anyway, though.

  • horsemannv

    Legal medical cannabis is going the way of legal steroids. When media attention got to be too great for those doctors prescribing low dose steroids through pharmacies for conditions like cachexia (weight loss) from cancer, HIV and Hepatitis treatments, they stopped prescribing it as the major media outlets hyped the news. That should take you back to the time Marion Jones, gold medal winning Olympian, was stripped of her medals and thrown in jail. Now, the AMA and its doctor members are backing off of prescribing cannabis because their pharmaceutical handlers are pulling their strings because of lack of opioid sales. F*** those people that easily get hooked on opioids, it’s the money the doctors and big pharma are interested in not the alleviation of pain or the FACT that most post operative cancer, non-operative HIV and Hepatitis patients die from simple lack of nutrition. That is to say, they are starving because of the treatments used and cannot redevelop their immune systems quick enough to stave off the starvation syndrome of these diseases. Drugs given for said diseases have an deleterious effect on the body’s MITOCHONDRIA, the organelle responsible for energy production in most cells of the body. Cancer, HIV and Hepatitis drugs injure or actually kill the mitochondria and starvation results.