A handful of cannabis dispensaries that face deadlines to exercise their licenses by February 2022, but have been unable to open because of moratoriums imposed by local governments, will have an extra year to wait out the political climate.

The Cannabis Compliance Board voted unanimously Tuesday to extend final inspections for Essence Henderson, LLC. Essence Tropicana, LLC, Pure Tonic Concentrates, LLC, Green Therapeutics, LLC, and HH Sub One, LLC until Feb. 2023.  

The move is raising the ire of at least one competitor. 

“After what we learned through the court case and recent testimony in the (Lev) Parnas case, hopefully the CCB will pay particular attention to cases where the new license holders are asking for extensions simply because they need the politics to change in order to open,” said David Goldwater, co-owner of Inyo Fine Cannabis.  

Parnas was found guilty of funneling illegal campaign contributions in 2018, including to then-Nevada gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt and Attorney General candidate Wes Duncan, in hopes of securing cannabis licenses.  

Goldwater’s Inyo was among a number of applicants who filed a lawsuit against the state, alleging favoritism and challenging the Dec. 2018 licensing process that granted 61 cannabis licenses to 17 of 127

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