420: Recreational sales still months away

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- On this 420, Nevada remains in marijuana limbo. Pot's legal to use and possess, but not legal to buy.

"I think the citizens of this country have spoken and we should step up and listen to those voices," said Clint Cates, owner of Mynt Cannabis Dispensary. "It is legal in Nevada, we need to have a framework to provide access to that legal product."

A representative with the Nevada Department of Taxation says regulations for recreational sales will be voted on May 8 and should be in place by July 1, 2017.

"They need to be proactive and start moving to get these recreational rules and regulations in place," said Cates.

Even when that happens, you won't see pot shops popping up all over the place. Existing medical facilities will get the first crack at recreational sales. It would likely take two or more years for stand-alone recreational dispensaries to come around. That's good news for places like existing medical dispensaries like Mynt, but there is one more decision looming that could further delay the process.

"The City of Reno has it on the agenda for next Wednesday to pass a moratorium and that is going to just cause a whole host of issues," said Cates.

The moratorium would force city staff to refuse recreational applications for businesses. As it is currently written, it would last for 30 days, but it could be extended beyond that.

"It would be crippling. It really would,” said Cates.