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IndyBlog | Marijuana

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

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.”

Marijuana | State Government

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

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.”

Marijuana | State Government

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

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.

Marijuana | State Government

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

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.

Marijuana | State Government

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

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.

Criminal Justice | Marijuana

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

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.

IndyBlog | Marijuana

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

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.

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