What Prompted Nevada's 'Marijuana State of Emergency?'

©Mitch M/Shutterstock
©Mitch M/Shutterstock | ©Mitch M/Shutterstock

US Editorial Team Lead

When Nevada requested a “statement of emergency” for the state’s marijuana shortage earlier this week, it seemed the rest of the world collectively scoffed at the idea. But with recreational marijuana now legal and Las Vegas being a longtime top travel destination, pot has been flying off the shelves…and creating a potentially major economic problem.

When marijuana was legalized for recreational use in Nevada last year, the legislation allowed distribution exclusively through liquor wholesalers for the first 18 months. According to the Los Angeles Times, the state approved an emergency regulation on Thursday that would expand distribution channels beyond just liquor wholesalers. This emergency measure will get the marijuana out of the places where they’re cultivated and onto the shelves.

“We’re trying to do the right thing,” Nevada Tax Commission Chairman Jim DeVolld told the Times. “This is such an important time in the state of Nevada’s existence.”

Though only legal for a short time, marijuana has quickly become big business in Nevada, increasing tourism interest in the state as well as revenue. The jobs market also benefitted from the legalization measure. So when the shortage began, people’s jobs were a major concern.

With that in mind, marijuana businesses sought new means to distribute—not just because the regulations were creating a shortage, but also because it’s what’s fair for marijuana dispensaries as businesses among many other businesses within the state.

“We have a legal product, we have legal businesses,” said Deonne E. Contine, the executive director of the Department of Taxation. “We have a goal of facilitating that market.”

culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.