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The Nevada Department of Taxation is responsible for regulating the state’s cannabis industry. They began accepting applications for recreational marijuana retail licenses in 2018. The first round of licensing was only open to holders of medical marijuana dispensary licenses.

Each marijuana establishment owner, officer, board member, employee, volunteer, and contractor must obtain an agent registration card by applying through the Nevada Department of Taxation. The application fee is $75, and the card is valid for one year from the date of issue.

Once your application is approved, you will receive a provisional letter and will be required to pay the initial licensing fee, which is $20,000 for a recreational cannabis dispensary and $30,000 for a medical cannabis dispensary in Nevada.

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California has a long and complex history with cannabis legalization. In 1996, California became the first state in the U.S. to legalize medical cannabis with the passage of Proposition 215. This allowed patients with certain medical conditions to obtain and use cannabis with a doctor’s recommendation.

The California State Legislature passed the Medical Marijuana Program Act in 2003 to establish California’s medical cannabis program. The MMPA enabled the Department of Health to issue patient identification cards and allowed for the creation of patient “collectives.” These collectives are authorized to grow and distribute marijuana to approved patients who are members of the collective.

In 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, which legalized the possession, use, and cultivation of cannabis for adults 21 and over. The law also created a regulatory framework for the commercial cultivation, production, and sale of cannabis products. Since the passage of Proposition 64, California has faced challenges in implementing the law and regulating the cannabis industry. The state has struggled to issue licenses to cannabis businesses, leading to a thriving black market. Additionally, high taxes and regulations have made it difficult for licensed businesses to compete with the black market.

In recent years, California has also taken steps to address the harms caused by the war on drugs and the disproportionate impact of cannabis prohibition on communities of color. This includes measures such as expungement of past cannabis convictions and social equity programs to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal cannabis industry.

LAST UPDATED 5/10/2023 – It’s important to remember that laws can be revised and updated frequently, so please keep this in mind.