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Nevada Recreational Pot Sales May Hinge On Court

A hearing is under way in Nevada where a judge may decide whether the state's first sale of marijuana for recreational use can begin next month.

Carson City District Judge James Wilson is considering whether Nevada's liquor industry should be guaranteed part of the marijuana sales business before tourists and residents can start buying it as of July 1.

He has set aside all day Monday for lawyers for the alcohol distributors, marijuana retailers and state Department of Taxation to make their case.

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They are arguing over whether the state has the authority to issue marijuana distribution licenses to anyone besides existing alcohol wholesalers to serve as the middleman between pot cultivators and recreational retail stores.

The judge granted a restraining order last month temporarily blocking all licensing. It's not clear how soon he will rule.