THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Nevada still plans to launch recreational marijuana sales in July despite warnings this week of a federal crackdown by the administration of President Donald Trump, state officials said Friday.
Marijuana possession and sales are illegal under federal law, but Nevada voters decided in November to allow people age 21 or older to use cannabis recreationally — becoming one of eight states to do so.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday that the United States Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal laws prohibiting recreational — not medical — marijuana. No immediate action accompanied the statement, which came in response to a reporter’s question.
That has not prompted the Nevada agency tasked with crafting rules governing recreational marijuana sales to change its timeline for ensuring dispensaries can open this summer, said agency spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein.
“As of now, the Department of Taxation is moving forward with our regulation development as planned,” she said.