Final arguments begin in Nevada pot dispensary license case – San Francisco Chronicle


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Attorneys for dozens of bidders that didn’t get retail marijuana dispensary licenses are telling a Nevada judge the process was so unfair she should block the opening of 61 businesses that got permits last year and order a do-over.

Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez heard closing arguments Thursday from plaintiffs’ lawyers saying testimony showed required background checks weren’t conducted on all applicants, scoring was riddled with mistakes, and state officials favored some prospective licensees over others.

Plaintiffs want an injunction to stop a near-doubling of the number of recreational pot dispensaries statewide.

The judge hears Friday from attorneys for the state defending how licenses were awarded and from lawyers for some winning bidders.

Millions of dollars are at stake. All sides expect Gonzalez’s decision will be appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court.

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