Summer trips to Las Vegas and Reno are about to get way more lit.
The Nevada Tax Commission on Monday voted to allow qualifying licensed medical marijuana dispensaries to begin selling pot for recreational purposes as early as July 1, reports the Las Vegas Sun.
The commission has a Jan. 1 deadline to draft rules for recreational marijuana sales, but decided to issue early temporary licenses to qualifying shops in an effort to test regulations before the program goes into full effect in 2018.
Officials stressed the urge to adopt regulations early in order to meet Gov. Brian Sandoval’s budget request to generate $70 million from recreational marijuana taxes over the course of two years
“If we don’t adopt the regulations, we will not have a temporary program. If we don’t have a temporary program, we will not have the revenue that’s included in the governor’s budget,” said tax department director Deonne Contine.
Under Nevada law, adults will be allowed to purchase up to one ounce of marijuana or 1/8 ounce of concentrates. Up to six marijuana plants can be grown for personal use as well.
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