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New data shows cannabis executives are mostly white and mostly male, cannabis board will look to improve industry diversity

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February 17th, 2021 - 2:00am
Marijuana business owners and board members in Nevada are disproportionately white and male, while the industry workforce is made up of a greater proportion of people of color, according to a new demographic report on the state’s cannabis industry.

Confronting a rise in youth vaping, experts strategize on actions for prevention

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January 17th, 2021 - 2:00am
Public health officials have set their sights on raising the minimum legal sale age of tobacco products to 21, providing clearer labeling for cannabis products, improving youth education on cannabis and vaping and gathering more data on cannabis use.

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Sisolak names former marijuana trade group leader, Reno doctor to Cannabis Compliance Board

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October 5th, 2020 - 10:57am
“These final appointments to the CCB each bring their own unique expertise and insight to the table,” Sisolak said in a tweet. “I am confident their contributions to this board will only amplify the sound judgment and strong regulation carried out by the CCB.”

Officials hope changes to rental assistance applications will ensure aid meets anticipated mountain of need

The city of Las Vegas operated The Courtyard provides day shelter in the homeless corridor on Foremaster Street
October 5th, 2020 - 2:00am
While the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did extend the eviction moratorium until the end of the calendar year — beyond the state’s moratorium ending Oct. 14 — the state’s rental assistance program continues to trickle out funds relatively slowly.

In ruling critical of state’s oversight, judge says even smallest owners of marijuana companies should have been background checked

An employee prepares cannabis for planting in the propagation room at Reef Dispensaries
September 3rd, 2020 - 6:26pm
Her order gave credence to many of the complaints brought by plaintiffs who did not win coveted and limited dispensary licenses in 2018 and argued the state’s process for vetting applications was marred by favoritism and shifting standards midway through the process.

Cannabis board cracking down on marijuana companies that are late on taxes, license fees

August 26th, 2020 - 2:00am
“With these guardrails in place, CCB staff now has the tools to ensure licensees understand that full compliance, including any tax obligations, must be fully resolved before license renewal will be considered,” Klimas said.

Cannabis board OKs partial settlement of large, longstanding legal dispute over dispensary licenses

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August 7th, 2020 - 1:13pm
“I'm fully aware from all of the public comment and the proceedings before the Tax Commission that there were significant issues that led to this litigation,” said board member Dennis Neilander. “Certainly we're not equipped to retry these issues that are in trial now. And in the interest of providing a fresh start for us, we need to deal with these legacy issues.”

Tax Commission approves partial settlement to start laying to rest drawn-out marijuana licensing lawsuit

Group of pedestrians outside Essence Cannabis Dispensary
July 31st, 2020 - 4:45pm
Commissioners unanimously voted on Friday to approve the settlement, which involves some 17 plaintiffs and reshuffles some of the licenses that the state awarded in the disputed 2018 application round. It comes in the middle of a trial so big that it had to be moved to the Las Vegas Convention Center and as part of a consolidated lawsuit with so many parties it has earned the nickname “World War Weed.”

Indy Q&A: Executive Director Tyler Klimas on the future of marijuana regulation now that the Cannabis Compliance Board is in charge

Cannabis strains on display
July 31st, 2020 - 2:00am
There’s still much work to be done in an industry in flux. Marijuana businesses are just emerging from a monthslong freeze of license transfers, a massive court battle over a contentious state licensing round continues, and regulators have raised serious questions about whether independent labs fudged product test results to curry favor from the marijuana businesses that pay them.

Proposed settlement could end massive dispute over Nevada marijuana licenses, but some say they’re wrongly excluded

Customer at The Source dispensary
July 30th, 2020 - 2:08pm
A series of lawsuits dating back more than a year and a half accused the state of unfair practices in deciding in 2018 who should receive coveted and strictly limited licenses to expand the number of retail marijuana locations of their business.

Cannabis company faces record penalty, loses licenses amid allegations of maintaining off-the-books marijuana, destroying evidence

Cannabis plant ready for harvest
July 21st, 2020 - 3:41pm
According to the complaint, during less than three months in 2019, the company sold 1,793 products that did not have a certificate of analysis indicating they were laboratory tested. The company also allegedly had more than 4,100 marijuana plants that were not registered in the state’s tracking database.

At inaugural meeting, Cannabis Compliance Board lifts restriction on license transfers, approves new regulations

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July 21st, 2020 - 12:10pm
Klimas said there are now 92 outstanding requests to transfer ownership interests, ranging from simple requests for a person to withdraw as an owner to “extremely complex” requests for transfers involving publicly traded companies with complicated ownership structures. Some companies have said the freeze has already stymied highly lucrative acquisitions.

More than 15,000 marijuana convictions forgiven, but much work remains to clean offenses from people’s records

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June 17th, 2020 - 1:08pm
The Nevada Board of Pardons Commissioners, chaired by Gov. Steve Sisolak, voted unanimously to approve a resolution pardoning the decriminalized offense. Records show that 15,592 were convicted of the misdemeanor from 1986 through the end of 2016, and there were 31,124 arrested for the offense. Recreational use became legal in 2017.

Sisolak says board will consider pardons for small-scale marijuana possession convictions

A cannabis bud in a gloved hand
June 11th, 2020 - 8:18am
“The people of Nevada have decided that possession of small amounts of marijuana is not a crime,” Sisolak said. “If approved, this resolution will clear the slate for thousands of people who bear the stigma of a conviction for actions that have now been decriminalized.”

Former MedMen marijuana executive alleges manager pressured him into illegal contribution to Sisolak

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May 26th, 2020 - 5:32pm
Although the suit does not include Sisolak’s name, it does accuse defendants of “compelling Plaintiff to make political contributions personally because Defendant had maxed out its legal donations and the CEO had promised additional donations to a candidate in Nevada.”

Parent company of The+Source gets bankruptcy protection in Canada, says two Nevada dispensaries will remain open

Patient advisor Regan Fueget explains marijuana products on display to a customer at the+source dispensary in Henderson
May 22nd, 2020 - 4:11pm
Company officials said Nevada’s stringent restrictions on marijuana businesses — Sisolak ordered them to move to delivery-only models and only recently opened to curbside pickup and then in-store sales — was a hard hit.

Outside lawyer enlisted to represent former state marijuana regulator; attorney general acknowledges federal investigation

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May 12th, 2020 - 12:41pm
Jorge Pupo was put on leave and then left the Nevada Department of Taxation in fall 2019. State documents show Welch will be representing Pupo in an ongoing case filed in January 2019 by marijuana dispensaries that did not receive state licenses for additional retail stores and have alleged unfair practices by the state.

Nevada Interrupted: High holiday 4/20 is a downer for marijuana businesses trying to weather downturn

April 21st, 2020 - 2:00am
This year, the quasi-holiday for cannabis enthusiasts was much more of a somber affair. With dispensary storefronts closed and limited to delivery only, and tourists gone, Priscilla Vilchis estimates her sales as a cultivation business are down 85 percent.

Nevada Interrupted: Budtenders hit the road as legal marijuana goes delivery-only

April 8th, 2020 - 2:00am
Nevada Dispensary Association Executive Director Riana Durrett said while delivery has kept many marijuana businesses going, most are doing just a fraction of the sales they were before and some are not participating at all because the process is “too difficult and inefficient.”

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