Developing story out of carson city this evening.
A possible delay in the recreational marijuana program... after a judge issues a restraining order against the state.
Politics now anchor patrick walker is live in the newsroom with the late breaking details.
((patrick walker)) >> recreational pot sales are supposed to start july first.
But this restraining order puts that in jeopardy.
The state's alcohol distributors say they're being cut out of the marijuana business... and a carson city judge agrees.
Here's how it all breaks down.
>> when voters legalized adult-use marijuana back in november... a part of the law said liquor distributors would be the only ones who could be licensed to transport marijuana from growing facilities to dispensaries.
That would be in effect for the first 18 months... unless not enough alcohol distributors apply for licenses.
The "independent alcohol distributors of nevada" alledges that state regulators artificially declared a shortage in applicants... when the first draft of the state's marijuana regulations was made public.
About 3 and a half weeks ago... tax commissioners adopted the a new version of the regulations that didn't include language about a shortage.
But in the restraining order... a judge found that the nevada department of taxation convinced clark county staff to remove three applications from alcohol distributors from consideration for approval during a may 16th meeting.
That caused them to miss a two-week application deadline, which is today.
The restraining order essentially deletes today's application deadline... and prohibits the tax department from issuing a distributor license to anyone other than alcohol distributors.
In response to the restraining order... a representative of the department of taxation sent me this statement: "the department is reviewing the temporary restraining order with legal counsel.
We do intend to defend our regulations to the fullest extent of the law."
((patrick walker)) >> a hearing is expected sometime within the next few weeks... which could either resolve the complaint... or give us a better idea of how long recreational marijuana sales could be delayed.
Patrick walker... 8 news now./// ((denise valdez)) >>> the nevada department