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To diversify Nevada’s economy, lawmakers push for study on developing hemp industry

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April 26th, 2021 - 9:30am
The study proposes examining the available funding sources for research on the plant and reviewing current trends in the hemp industry along with researching innovative methods and legislation to spur industry growth. It would also focus on programs designed to promote economic development in coordination with hemp cultivation businesses and the production and sale of hemp products.

Lawmakers look to allow cannabis consumption lounges for economic growth, diversifying marijuana industry

April 3rd, 2021 - 2:00am
“Many of those are interested in trying cannabis, but there's nowhere they can legally do so. They can't bring it into their hotel rooms. They can't consume outside. As a result, many of them end up breaking the law.”

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Tensions over 2018 marijuana licensing resurface with bill that would give losing companies chance to expand

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April 2nd, 2021 - 2:00am
Proponents commissioned an analysis from RGC Economics that projected the state could support up to 1,283 additional dispensaries. Nevada’s marijuana market grossed nearly $700 million last fiscal year and is on track to break that record this fiscal year.

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Bill would overhaul marijuana DUI law, considered ‘unscientific’ predictor of whether driver is impaired

March 30th, 2021 - 2:00am
“These arbitrary limits were enacted at a time when Nevada imposed blanket prohibition on the possession and use of cannabis for any purpose. This is not the case any longer. Hasn't been for some time.”


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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.”

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