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Pot businesses pressing for Nevada to redo licensing process

(Julio Cortez/Associated Press/File)

LAS VEGAS — Some marijuana businesses turned away when Nevada awarded 61 new dispensary licenses last December are ratcheting up pressure in court for the state to redo the selection process.

A filing this week in a lawsuit filed by Las Vegas pot retailers Planet 13 and The Dispensary accuses state tax officials of improperly having temporary employment service Manpower screen the 462 applications the state received.

The lawsuit by MM Development Co. and LivFree Wellness is among several in state court seeking to freeze the awarding of new licenses until applicants’ names are made public and the selection procedure is reviewed.

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That could happen soon, after the Legislature passed a measure to release taxpayer information now labeled confidential.

Governor Steve Sisolak could sign the new law this week.