Nevada AG: Tax Commission Agenda Didn’t Break Law by Not Mentioning Marijuana

Nevada AG: Tax Commission Agenda Didn't Break Law by Not Mentioning Marijuana

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The Nevada Attorney General’s Office has found that the Nevada Tax Commission did not violate the state’s open meeting laws when it failed to mention marijuana in an agenda for a meeting on May 8, 2017.

The decision is the result of a complaint filed by Jim Hartman in response to the commission holding a meeting to pass temporary regulations on the early sales of recreational marijuana.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Hartman argued that by excluding words like “marijuana,” “early start,” or “Question 2,” the commission had violated the state’s open meeting laws by trying to obscure the intent of the meeting.

Under state law, an agenda for a public meeting must contain a “clear and complete statement of the topics scheduled to be considered during the meeting.”

However, despite ruling against Hartman’s complaint, a letter from Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt stated, “the OAG recommends that the agenda for any public hearings or meetings pursuant to the APA for the adoption of regulations include a description of the subject matter of the regulations, so that the public may determine if it is a subject in which they have an interest.”

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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