Nevada Gaming Policy Committee Set to Discuss Marijuana Issues

Nevada Gaming Policy Committee Set to Discuss Marijuana Issues

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Policymakers with the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee are hoping to give recreational marijuana a second look. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the committee has scheduled a meeting on Nov. 29, 2017, to reexamine its marijuana policy.

Although recreational marijuana is legal in the state of Nevada, public use of marijuana is still strictly banned. In a state like Nevada, where tourism is a heavy driver of industry, allowing public marijuana use could mean a huge boost in out-of-state visitors, if policymakers can get on board.

Convened by Gov. Brian Sandoval, the committee will discuss three primary issues at the meeting.

The first issue is whether to allow gaming licensees to host marijuana-related events. The second issue is whether such licensees can maintain a business relationship with marijuana-related businesses. Finally, the committee will look at whether it should allow gaming licensees to receive or provide financing from marijuana-related businesses.

The committee is also free to discuss any other matter that may be determined as “necessary” by the committee chair, such as allowing marijuana use on casino properties, but it is assumed that the committee will spend most of its time addressing the outlined issues.

The Nevada Gaming Policy Committee will meet on at 9:00 a.m. on Nov. 29 at the Clark County Government Center. Although this is the only scheduled meeting, the committee may vote to meet again to continue the discussion or devise policy recommendations.

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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