Nevada Department of Taxation

From the State of Nevada Department of Taxation:

April 10, 2018 – NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Nevada Department of Taxation is seeking applications from qualified existing medical marijuana establishment certificate owner(s) to be awarded recreational marijuana establishment licenses of the same type and at the same location. This application period is also open to the NRS 369 liquor wholesalers to apply for a distribution license.

Well, it looks like the old boy network is alive and well in the state of Nevada.

The recreational marijuana applications are only being accepted from “qualified existing medical marijuana establishment certificate owner(s).”

It doesn’t seem to matter if they are open for business or even if they even have a building. All they need is a certificate.

There are a number of certificates that have been issued to people who never opened but have friends in the right places.

And it looks like maybe, possibly, November 1st before anyone else can apply. And even that seems to be uncertain.

Don’t mind me. I’m just shouting into the wind.

Somebody hide all the tape-measures

A company wanted to lease space for a spa that allowed marijuana use, but because they were something like 980ft from a childcare center they were denied. You see, the current law places the required at 1000ft.

A Denver business that hoped to open the nation’s first legal marijuana spa has come up short — by about 20 feet.

The city’s licensing director Wednesday denied a license application filed by Utopia All Natural Wellness Spa and Lounge to allow marijuana consumption in an old Capitol Hill mansion, citing its location 980 feet from a child-care center. City regulations for the voter-approved social marijuana use ordinance require businesses that seek consumption-area licenses to be at least 1,000 feet from daycares.

The potential spa had letters from the landlord and the daycare center saying everything was cool, but, the council, Ashley Kilroy, the executive director of the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses, and their “Canna Zoning” mapping software said it ain’t happening.

20 freakin’ feet????

North Dakota says marijuana is ok to grow

The state of North Dakota has a law created to protect small family farms during the great depression says that corporations may not own land or grow crops. -This does not apply to family owned farm corporations.

Unfortunately, most marijuana producers are corporations, which means it could be a major problem.

Fortunately, the state AG recently said that as long as they are not on agricultural land, marijuana grow facilities are not effected.

“The law requires that medical marijuana be produced in an enclosed, locked facility that does not allow the plants to be visible from the street or other public areas.”

North Dakota is planning on licensing two grow facilities (manufacturing facilities), which doesn’t sound like much, but the state has a population of less than 200,000.

While I have no idea how many medical marijuana cards have been or will be issued, or how many dispensaries will be licensed, the experience here in Las Vegas has shown that, except for the initial rush, two decent sized grow operations should be able to comfortably provide plenty of product.

weedmaps

Weedmaps responded to the California Bureau of Cannabis Control -basically telling them to blow it out their ass.

In the letter the company responded to the cease and desist order by saying it is “not a Licensee subject to the Bureau’s purview.”

Possible lawsuits to come.

Personally, I’m with Weedmaps on this one. I believe the state overstepped it’s authority, but only time will tell.

Weedmaps warned by California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control

Both California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control and the Office of Cannabis Policy and Enforcement have sent Weedmaps a cease and desist letter telling them to stop listing unlicensed marijuana sellers.

The California state law says any cannabis ads must include that company’s state license number, but evidently Weedmaps has been issuing it’s own WM-ID, which the powers-that-be say is not a legitimate license number and therefore they are in violation of state law.

Everybody in the trade is waiting for Weedmaps response.

Leafly on the other hand has been complying with the law and is down by 750 listing to only 300 for the state of California.

For existing businesses that have been dropped; Leafly says they will credit the accounts of pending licensees and store their current information through the end of 2018 to enable partners to quickly and easily resume advertising when they receive their license

Cue Bob Dylan and “Times they are a changin.

The future of medical marijuana distribution

I’ve been wondering how long before medical marijuana wound up in pharmacies.

Well I found this on Leafly.

Aphria, the Ontario-based licensed cannabis producer, announced earlier today that it has entered into an agreement to become a medical cannabis supplier to Shoppers Drug Mart.

So this looks like it has a good chance at being the future of medical marijuana in Canada.
Shoppers Drug Mart -Ontario Canada
(bargainmoose/Flickr Creative Commons)

A small team of executives from Shoppers is said to have been touring the sites of medical-marijuana growers over the past several months, holding talks with several of the 29 federally licensed producers. Reached Tuesday, a spokeswoman for Shoppers Drug Mart said the company sees pharmacies as a logical option for selling the drug.

“Pharmacists are medication experts and play a significant role in the prescribing and monitoring of medication to ensure safe and optimal use,” spokeswoman Tammy Smitham said. “We believe that dispensing medical marijuana through pharmacy, like other medications, is the safest option.”

For now, the discussions involve medical marijuana, but the talks come as the federal government is planning to eventually legalize the drug for recreational use. Supply deals with some of the country’s largest legal grow operations, and a license to distribute the product in pharmacies, could position Shoppers as a major national force should legalization occur.

It makes sense. If you want to classify marijuana as medicine, shouldn’t it be distributed like other medications?

Railroad Valley Nevada raid

On September 29th, 2017, Nye County Sheriffs Office raided an illegal grow operation and confiscated approximately 2,385 marijuana plants.

The two suspects got away on foot, but according to the sheriff’s deputies, they recovered DNA evidence at the campsite. (shades of CSI).

Unlike TV, running that DNA shouldn’t take more than a few months.

Of course, according to TV, a crime lab only needs a handful of warm bodies, all of whom are experts in everything. –So when you’re staring at the boob-tube, remember to suspend disbelief.

Back to reality.

It turns out that the cops broke with tradition and didn’t burn all that weed. Instead they turned to their trusty backhoe and buried it in an undisclosed location, under several feet of sand and gravel.

Ah well, now it’s just another lost treasure buried somewhere in the desert.

This is a good picture of why they chose Railroad Valley. –See, Nowhere, middle of.
route 6 railroad valley Nv
Image By Famartin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

Nevada Gaming Commission Says No Marijuana in Casinos

Nevada Gaming Commission has reiterated their stand on using marijuana in casinos. It ain’t going to happen.
They also said that gaming licensees:

    Should not maintain business relationships with marijuana companies, including landlord-tenant arrangements.
    Should be discouraged from hosting shows or conferences that promote the use, sale, cultivation or distribution of marijuana.
    Should not receive financing from or provide financing to an individual, entity or establishment that sells, cultivates or distributes marijuana.

They also said that casinos cannot do business with the wife or husband involved in the marijuana industry.

No vote was taken so there’s more to come in the next few months.