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North Tahoe dispensary begins recreational sales this Saturday, Aug. 5, in Incline Village

Incline Village marijuana dispensary NuLeaf Tahoe may have been left out of the celebration when the rest of the state began recreational sales on July 1, but they won't be outdone.

North Lake Tahoe's only legal dispensary will begin selling recreational marijuana to any and all members of the public, provided they're at least 21 years old, beginning Saturday, Aug. 5, at 11 a.m.

"We are proud to be part of this state's economic revitalization and are equally committed to contributing to its high quality of life," said NuLeaf Chief Operating Officer Sean Luse in a statement issued by the company.

To celebrate, NuLeaf Tahoe is offering commemorative T-shirts and 1-cent "pre-rolls," or joints, with purchase to the first 50 customers on Saturday. There will also be a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Washoe County Commissioner Kitty Jung.

"Being able to bring something we are passionate about to a group of people we care about is important to us and we're looking forward to celebrating with all of our friends and the community this weekend," Luse said.

Nevada voters approved Question 2 last November, which legalized the sale of recreational marijuana.

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Permits were fast-tracked after the Nevada tax board voted on May 8 to allow existing medical marijuana dispensaries to begin recreational sales on July 1.

Marijuana retailers in unincorporated parts of Washoe County, like NuLeaf Tahoe in Incline Village and two other dispensaries in Sun Valley, were unable to begin recreational cannabis sales with the rest of the state in July because the county didn't have a permitting system ready.

Retailers in Reno, which is also in Washoe County, were able to obtain permits prior to July 1 because the city had already implemented a new permit system.

As the Bonanza previously reported, the Washoe County Board of Commissioners finalized a temporary permit system for recreational marijuana dispensaries on July 25.

Amanda Rhoades is a news, environment and business reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at arhoades@sierrasun.com or 530-550-2653. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @akrhoades.