Marijuana access hit roadblocks in three states in August 2019. In Nevada, a Clark County judge found that the state’s dispensary licensing process was faulty. In Utah, lawmakers are backtracking on a plan to have state-run medical marijuana distribution after county attorneys said government workers could face prosecution under federal law. And the California Supreme Court ruled that local governments must subject marijuana businesses to environmental review.
Here is the cannabis news from across the United States that you may have missed in recent days.
Nevada Judge’s Ruling Puts Dispensary Licensing on Hold
A Nevada judge has frozen the permit process for some new state retail cannabis stores siding with companies that lost bids to open recreational pot shops.
Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez issued an injunction Aug. 23, 2019, halting several dozen new licenses where questions were raised about the owners compliance with the licensing requirements.
Losing bidders argued the process was so riddled with mistakes and bias that Gonzalez should void 61 licenses that were approved in December 2019 from among 462 applications.
Attorneys for Nevada and some companies that won retail dispensary licenses say the process wasn’t perfect, but tax officials are fairly enforcing Question 2 an initiative voters approved in November 2016 that legalized adult-use marijuana.
All sides expect the judge’s ruling will be appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court.
Attorneys Advise Utah to Not Run Marijuana Distribution
Utah legislators were moving Aug. 22, 2019, to scrap a planned state-run medical marijuana dispensary system after county attorneys said it would put public employees at risk of being prosecuted under federal drug laws.
Under the revised plan being written by Republican Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers, medical cannabis would instead be