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[REGIONAL NEWS] Nevada cannabis licensing chief on leave amid claims of improper conduct

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Marijuana is displayed at the Las Vegas ReLeaf marijuana dispensary
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By Bryan Horwath | Las Vegas Sun

An embattled Nevada Department of Taxation official who was in charge of the state’s cannabis licensing process last year has been placed on leave, according to Sun sources.

Licensing chief Jorge Pupo has been placed on leave after allegations of favoritism and improper conduct arose during court hearings about the state’s retail marijuana dispensary application process. 

In an email Tuesday, department of taxation spokeswoman Eden Larson said the department had no comment on the matter. The Associated Press cited another department spokesperson as confirming that Pupo was placed on leave.

Pupo’s status comes after a Clark County judge last month determined some of the companies awarded retail marijuana licenses in 2018 could have their licenses frozen.

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