CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada marijuana regulators have approved emergency regulations to speed up licensing of pot distributors, a move they say is needed to keep retailers from running out of supply.

The Nevada Tax Commission adopted the rules after a three-hour hearing Thursday. They aim to ensure the retailers that started selling recreational pot July 1 don’t run out of their diminishing stock amid overwhelming demand.

The move rewrites the rules used to enforce the state’s pot law to make it clear that it’s legal to license some retailers to transport pot from growers to storefronts. Based on the original rules, a judge had ruled that only alcohol wholesalers can distribute the drug over the next 18 months.

A lawyer for the alcohol wholesaler groups that won the court order told the tax panel that he’s convinced the new regulation is illegal.


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