Marijuana

By this time next year, you could be getting high in a pot lounge

BY: - August 19, 2021

Nevada expects its first cannabis consumption lounges — and a wide array of weed-adjacent businesses — to open in “the first half” of 2022. When that happens, it will end a cannabis catch-22 that has existed since Nevada voters legalized recreational marijuana in 2016. Purchasing marijuana is legal in the state but consumption is currently […]

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Chuck Schumer: Congress should legalize weed on the federal level

BY: - July 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate says decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level is a change that’s “long overdue,” and that he’s prioritizing that effort amid a growing number of states legalizing cannabis. To that end, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday unveiled a draft proposal for removing cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances […]

Police, prosecutors oppose reform of weed driving laws

BY: - May 13, 2021

The Nevada law that prohibits trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, in the blood of drivers is not based on science, results in the conviction of drivers who were not impaired, and fails to identify some who are, according to Assemblyman Steve Yeager.  Yeager is the sponsor of Assembly Bill 400, a […]

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Segerblom: Weed infighting threatens vision of cannabis mecca 

BY: - May 6, 2021

As the Nevada Legislature debates a variety of cannabis-related measures, dissension among dispensary owners could impede efforts to take Nevada’s fledgling weed industry to the next level, says Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom.  The exodus of nine dispensaries from the Nevada Dispensary Association has “huge implications” according to Segerblom, who is frustrated owners are “fighting […]

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With 4/20 around the corner, Las Vegas honored as weed mecca

BY: - April 15, 2021

Las Vegas is the tenth best place in America to get stoned, according to LawnStarter, a service that presumably grows real grass and appears to have no link to the smokable variety.   Denver, the Mile High City, copped first place with a score of 70.85 out of 100 possible points. It ranked first in ‘social […]

How much weed do we need? 

BY: - April 2, 2021

A measure that could add dozens of cannabis dispensaries to Nevada’s population centers was widely panned by competitors who say the move would flood the market, stymie ownership by women and minorities, and thwart efforts to address “social equity applicants” — those harmed by the criminalization of marijuana and excluded from positions within the industry.  […]

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Weed store owners at odds over bill that would shut out new licensees

BY: - March 26, 2021

  A measure before lawmakers would scrap Nevada’s merit-based cannabis licensing system in favor of a scheme that allows current licensees to expand and saturate the market, while effectively locking out new applicants, according to the Nevada Dispensary Association, which represents the state’s marijuana sellers.   Senate Bill 235 would allow dispensaries to convert their medical […]

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Legislation aims to end racial disparities in youth possession of weed

BY: - March 4, 2021

Nevadans voted in 2016 to “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol,” but experts say when it comes to young people and law enforcement, a wide disparity remains. A bill before lawmakers aims to narrow the gap. “Typically youth in possession of alcohol are reprimanded but not detained,” Dr. Carmen Jones, a pediatrician, testified before lawmakers Wednesday. “I […]

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Cannabis for canines – pro or con?

BY: - February 22, 2021

On Monday, state legislators heard a bill that would allow veterinarians to administer or recommend cannabis products to a pet for any medical condition suffered by a domestic animal. The measure, introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Steve Yeager, would protect Nevada veterinarians from disciplinary action for consulting with pet owners about the use of hemp and […]

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No funding for marijuana education, but public health officials try anyway

BY: - January 14, 2021

After decades of battling secondhand tobacco smoke, the Washoe County Health District has a new public health challenge and no funds with which to fight it: marijuana. That was the message Wednesday from public health officials at the first annual Nevada Cannabis and Vaping Summit. “Our campaigns were not funded with specific money for outreach. […]

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Marijuana is legal in Nevada, but illegal market is still huge, officials say

BY: - January 13, 2021

Southern Nevada law enforcement announced in April that they’d made their largest indoor marijuana grow operation bust ever: 5,700 individual plants, weighing more than 860 pounds and valued at nearly $9 million. “We estimated that they were producing close to $20 million a year tax-free just based on that warehouse and the volumes they were […]

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Weed industry: CCB jeopardizes jobs amid stellar sales

BY: - October 26, 2020

Nevada’s cannabis industry is a bright spot in the state’s otherwise dismal pandemic economy, with July sales of $82 million up 37 percent over last year, and August sales of $83.9 million up 34 percent year-to-year.  But a regulatory snag is preventing hundreds of Nevadans from going to work as trimmers, budtenders, delivery drivers and […]