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Nevada Gets Green Light for Early Recreational Sales

Licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in good standing with the state of Nevada can begin selling marijuana for recreational purposes as early as July 1.

The Nevada Tax Commission voted 6-1 to approve temporary licenses for shops that qualify so sales can begin months before the Jan. 1 deadline for the commission to draft its rules. These temporary licenses will expire on Jan. 1, giving the state Department of Taxation time to test the regulations before the program goes into full effect in 2018.

Nevada was one of four states that approved the taxation and regulation of recreational marijuana in 2016 ― doubling the number of states with legal access to recreational marijuana, bringing more progressive drug laws to nearly a quarter of the nation’s population. Twenty-nine states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes.