Nevada cannabis licensing process to resume after judge’s approval

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The issuance of licenses was suspended earlier this year over concerns of unfair criteria

For the past two years, the cannabis market in Nevada has been in the middle of a legal fight involving dozens of parties who couldn’t open shops in the state. Finally, last Thursday was the day when a judge, Elizabeth Gonzalez, gave the green light for the marijuana licensing process to be resumed, and now some new retail marijuana stores are allowed to open.

Part of the judge’s ruling is that some applications for licenses made in the past will be reviewed again by state officials, while some companies will still receive refusal for a license just as it happened back in December 2018. Governor Steve Sisolak described the 30-page ruling issued by the judge to be part of a “very difficult, complex case,” and he is certain that the situation is not over yet. Even Gonzalez said a couple of times during the litigation that she expected her decision to be appealed to the state Supreme Court at some point in the future – for over a month there were plenty of hearings held on this matter.

For Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford, the judge’s ruling can be seen as a victory because it didn’t conclude with the order of restarting the licensing process that began with 462 applicants. After 64 new licenses were issued in September 2018, state taxation officials handed out another 61 more licenses to bring the total count of operating marijuana businesses in the Silver State to 125. For those applicants who were favored by this ruling and are now allowed to open, they just need to wait for a pending background check of their listed officers to reopen for business.