Since 2016, when citizens passed Question Two and legalized REC, Nevada has had a charmed run through the Green Rush, bringing revenue to state coffers and earnings to most everyone fortunate enough to get licensed.
That was until last month, when a lawsuit by rejected dispensary applicants alleged problems with Nevada’s selection process. As a result, this week Nevada’s top regulator was let go.
- In her Aug. 23 ruling, Clark County District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez said Nevada’s overseeing Department of Taxation Deputy Executive Director Jorge Pupo maintained relationships in the industry containing “potential for abuse.”
- Plaintiffs alleged that Pupo dined with heavy hitters in Nevada REC, then changed their application scores.
- The Department of Taxation had placed Pupo on leave two weeks prior to his firing.