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Nevada marijuana supply running low, governor declares state of emergency

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LAS VEGAS (WDRB) -- Marijuana dispensaries in Nevada are running out of pot just two weeks after recreational weed became legal. 

Now, Nevada state officials are taking steps to meet the "unanticipated demand" 

Republican Governor Brian Sandoval issued a state of emergency on Friday, which will allow state officials to decide on new delivery rules that could ease the shortage of marijuana, according to Fox 13 Now.

Nevada’s Department of Taxation released a statement that said it will contemplate emergency regulations that would permit liquor wholesalers to cash in on the marijuana sales.

When the law legalizing recreational marijuana was passed in November 2016, liquor distributors were promised that they would have the sole rights of moving the drug for 18 months. But many distributors didn't meet the requirements needed to be licensed by the Department of Taxation. 

So Nevada's 47 licensed retail marijuana stores now are running out of inventory not because there isn't enough pot to go around. It's because deliveries are too slow to arrive. 

The state of emergency was declared because many of the marijuana stores are in danger of going broke.  A statement from the Department of Taxation says "The business owners in this industry have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to build facilities across the state." It continued, "They have hired and trained thousands of additional employees to meet the demands of the market. Unless the issue with distributor licensing is resolved quickly, the inability to deliver product to retail stores will result in many of these people losing their jobs and will bring this nascent market to a grinding halt."

Nevada is the fifth state to legalize recreational pot. The state joined Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska in allowing adults to buy the drug that is banned by the federal government.

To buy, those 21 and older with a valid ID and purchase up to an ounce of pot at dispensaries. The drug can only be consumed in a private home, not in public, including the Strip, hotels and casinos. Violators face a misdemeanor citation and $600 fine.

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