Nevada marijuana growers are fearful of going out of business as the state moves forward with a set of permanent regulations that some cultivators say give dispensaries an economic advantage.
Cultivators before the Nevada Tax Commission on Tuesday lamented the number of dispensaries that have begun growing their own marijuana, saying that they had for years kept the medical marijuana market supplied with Nevada-grown weed.
But the new regulations could shut cultivators out of the industry, they argued. Cultivators traditionally grow marijuana to be sold to dispensaries, which in turn sell the product to the public.
If enough dispensaries get their cultivation licenses, for which there is no cap in Nevada, some of the growers may have to shutter their operations.
“We produce one of the best products on the market. We supplied a lot of the dispensaries product before they could cultivate. A lot of them no longer need us since they’re growing their own (product), and they’re getting bigger and bigger and shutting us out,” said Craig Romvough, co-owner of Mother Herb, based out of the Las Vegas area. “We need a free market.” [Read more at Reno Gazette Journal]