A district judge has determined the Independent Alcohol Distributors (IAD) of Nevada lack the capacity to distribute sufficient quantities of recreational marijuana throughout the state.
The Thursday ruling by Carson City District Judge James Russell temporarily lifts the restraining order granted to the IAD, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“Russell said after an hour-long hearing that there is overwhelming evidence alcohol wholesalers don’t have the capability to meet the needs of dozens of recreational pot dispensaries from Las Vegas to Reno.”
For better or worse, Nevada’s recently implemented adult-use marijuana law initially provided alcohol distributors an 18-month monopoly on the transportation of all recreational cannabis.
Harmful to the state’s economy, the restricted size of the IAD’s distribution network has caused a palpable drought of marijuana in the Las Vegas Valley’s recreational shops – unleashing a rather odious effect on the program’s projected revenue.
According to Nevada’s Tax Director, Deonne Contine, “Sales had dropped as much as 30 percent at some marijuana storefronts in recent weeks.”