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The Latest: Nevada recreational pot sales may hinge on court

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The Latest on the legal battle of the launch of Nevada's recreational pot sales (all times local):

9:15 a.m.

A hearing is under way in Nevada where a judge may decide whether the state's first sale of marijuana for recreational use can begin next month.

Carson City District Judge James Wilson is considering whether Nevada's liquor industry should be guaranteed part of the marijuana sales business before tourists and residents can start buying it as of July 1.

He has set aside all day Monday for lawyers for the alcohol distributors, marijuana retailers and state Department of Taxation to make their case.

They are arguing over whether the state has the authority to issue marijuana distribution licenses to anyone besides existing alcohol wholesalers to serve as the middleman between pot cultivators and recreational retail stores.

The judge granted a restraining order last month temporarily blocking all licensing. It's not clear how soon he will rule.

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1:20 a.m.

Nevada regulators are working against a fast-approaching deadline to launch recreational marijuana sales July 1.

The startup could hinge on a court decision on whether the liquor industry should be guaranteed part of the business before tourists and residents can start buying it.

Lawyers for the alcohol distributors, marijuana retailers and the state go before a judge Monday.

They're arguing over whether the state can issue marijuana distribution licenses to anyone besides alcohol distributors.

The state says it has the power to temporarily license some existing medical marijuana cultivators and retailers to serve as their own middlemen.

The liquor lobby says the law gives it the first shot at licenses, the only legal pot state with that arrangement.

Carson City District Judge James Wilson has blocked all licensing until the matter is resolved.