A judge shouldn’t tip the scales as dozens of businesses that lost bids to open marijuana dispensaries push to freeze new licenses in Nevada’s booming cannabis market, an attorney for the state argued Friday.
Companies that didn’t win the licenses are improperly asking Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez to “substitute your judgment for the people who scored and weighed the evidence. To have a reweighing of the evidence,” Steve Shevorski, Nevada’s attorney, said at the start of a multiday fact-finding hearing.
With millions of dollars in sales, taxes and profits at stake, attorneys for the marijuana businesses that lost bids last December want Gonzalez to at least temporarily stop distribution of new dispensary licenses.
They are challenging the criteria and personnel used to score 462 applications and award 61 potentially lucrative licenses to 16