GETTING A LICENSE
The state Department of Taxation is responsible for licensing and regulating retail marijuana businesses in Nevada. As of July 1, 2017, the Department is also responsible for the state's medical marijuana program.
There are five types of retail marijuana establishment licenses:
- Cultivation Facility - licensed to cultivate (grow), process, and package marijuana; to have marijuana tested by a testing facility; and to sell marijuana to retail marijuana stores, to marijuana product manufacturing facilities, and to other cultivation facilities, but not to consumers.
- Distributor - licensed to transport marijuana from a marijuana establishment to another marijuana establishment. For example, from a cultivation facility to a retail store.
- Product Manufacturing Facility - licensed to purchase marijuana; manufacture, process, and package marijuana and marijuana products; and sell marijuana and marijuana products to other product manufacturing facilities and to retail marijuana stores, but not to consumers. Marijuana products include things like edibles, ointments, and tinctures.
- Testing Facility - licensed to test marijuana and marijuana products, including for potency and contaminants.
- Retail Store - licensed to purchase marijuana from cultivation facilities, marijuana and marijuana products from product manufacturing facilities, and marijuana from other retail stores; can sell marijuana and marijuana products to consumers.
Early start program
From May 15-31, 2017, the Department accepted applications for an early start program slated to run from July 1 through the end of 2017. For this program, only operational medical marijuana establishment certificate holders "in good standing" could apply for retail marijuana licenses, with the exception of distributor licenses, which is a new license type under the retail program.
Temporary regulation T002-17 governs the early start program.
The regular retail marijuana program will begin in early 2018. The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act specifies that, for the first 18 months of the program, only existing medical marijuana establishment certificate holders can apply for a retail marijuana establishment license.
In November 2018, the Department may open up the application process to those not holding a medical marijuana establishment certificate. Sign up for the ListServ on the Stay Informed page to be notified when the application process opens up. We have also posted the regulations there for you to read and help you prepare.
The regular program will be governed by permanent regulations, drafted by the Department. To learn more about the regulation process for retail marijuana, including how to provide public comment on regulations before they are adopted, see the Public Meeting Notices page of this site.
How to apply
When the Department is accepting applications you can learn more at the Department of Taxation's Marijuana License Applications page.