This is not the Onion, but a real news story about Nevada declaring state of emergency due to stoners running out of weed. At least, legal weed, as the shops selling Marijuana “over the counter” are all out of merchandise. Talking about first world problems, this one is as good as it gets.
Nevada’s Governor has declared the state of emergency after getting word from the state tax authority that many stores selling “recreational weed” are running out of stocks. The Nevada Tax Commission released an official statement saying that it will consider “emergency regulations” by July 13th in order to create a feasible system for marijuana distributors/retailers to provide their services to consumers in a more comprehensive way.
The respective structure for weed distribution will allow for liquor wholesalers to step up to plate and start selling marijuana along with booze. To quote from the statement that made a lot of stoners happy:
“Based on reports of adult-use marijuana sales already far exceeding the industry’s expectations at the state’s 47 licensed retail marijuana stores, and the reality that many stores are running out of inventory, the Department must address the lack of distributors immediately. Some establishments report the need for delivery within the next several days.”
Currently, there’s a legal fight between Nevada’s liquor industry and the state with regard to the weed-distribution issue. The tax authority refused to grant marijuana distribution licenses to liquor wholesalers who have applied, claiming that they’ve failed to meet requirements (especially when it comes to background checks and security protocols).
Basically, the state of emergency in Nevada is over drugs, i.e. there’s not enough weed in the state to meet the demand since recreational marijuana became legal not two weeks ago. However, there are more than 100 growers currently operating in Nevada, so there’s enough wholesale product. The problem is with the distribution and state regulations, which decide who is allowed to transport/sell the weed to customers. As always, when the state gets involved with people’s businesses, everything starts to look like a bad day in Venezuela.