Nevadans for Informed Marijuana Regulation
In 2016, Nevada voters approved the Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative ("Question 2"), which legalizes recreational marijuana as of January 1, 2017.
No matter how you voted on Question 2, you probably realize that legalization is a dramatic change that will have significant economic, social, health and legal consequences - both expected and unexpected.
You probably also know that legalization is a controversial issue. Question 2 received 602,463 "Yes" votes (54.47%) and 503,644 "No" votes (45.53%).
Now that recreational marijuana has been legalized, it falls to the state, county and city governments to determine what form legalization will take and what regulations will be put in place.
Take an Informed Approach
We need to learn from the experiences of states which have already legalized recreational marijuana. By studying the challenges they have faced and the regulations they have adopted, we can prevent problems here in Nevada before they occur.
Respect Non-Users' Rights
In the discussion about legalizing marijuana, both sides have ignored the crucial matter of non-users' rights. Secondhand marijuana smoke has adverse health effects and can cause varying levels of intoxication in bystanders.
This is particularly an issue in residential areas and multi-unit housing, where users are allowed to consume marijuana on their private property, but the smoke pollutes nearby homes.
We seek to protect the right to choose not to consume marijuana, by prohibiting the generation and consumption of airborne THC.
By respecting non-users, we believe that legalization will occur more smoothly and successfully.
Promote Public Education
Public perception of marijuana is not consistent with current scientific research. We believe the government should ensure that the public receives objective, factual information about marijuana, so that they can make well-informed decisions about consumption.
At the same time, the government needs to be vigilant in preventing the industry from making unsubstantiated health claims about its product.
Prevent Promotion of Marijuana
Marijuana use carries significant health and public safety consequences. While many people who use marijuana in moderation may never be negatively affected, marijuana use can be very harmful to some.
As with any other drug, marijuana use should never be promoted or encouraged. For this reason, we support stringent regulations on the advertising, merchandising and promotion of recreational marijuana, similar to the regulations in place for tobacco products.
May 23, 2017
Reno City Council To Consider Temporary Retail Marijuana Licenses
The Reno City Council will consider authorizing temporary retail marijuana licenses.
These licenses would be issued to dispensaries so they could sell recreational marijuana under temporary regulations, as the Department of Taxation has not yet developed permanent regulations.
Public comment can be made at the beginning and end of the meeting and also when a specific agenda item is considered.
The meeting will be held at City Hall on 1 East First St., the corner of Virginia and First.
May 14, 2017
Nevada State Legislature May Restrict Local Control
This week the Assembly Committee on Judiciary will vote on SB344. This bill carries an amendment that would prevent local governments from enacting stricter controls on the "packaging, labeling, testing, dosage or
potency of marijuana and related products."
Even more concerningly, it prevents local governments from restricting "the kinds of marijuana and related products which may be sold under state law and regulation."
This would prevent cities and counties from restricting the sale of marijuana smoking and vaping supplies, and as such we strongly oppose it. Communities that want to keep their air free of secondhand smoke and vapor might well wish to restrict marijuana sales to non-airborne forms.
This portion of the amendment serves only the marijuana industry, which wants to force local governments to make an all-or-nothing choice regarding marijuana sales. Industry lobbyists have been extremely active and influential at the state level, and would prefer all regulations to be made at that level.
Please email or call Senator Farley, the primary sponsor of the bill, and request that she remove this portion of the amendment (4a and 4b).
May 02, 2017
Petition the Reno City Council
On April 26, the Reno City Council chose not to schedule a vote on a temporary moratorium for retail marijuana business licenses.
We've started a petition on Change.org, requesting that the Reno City Council place a 2-year moratorium on licensing recreational marijuana businesses and events. This will provide the city with the time it needs to find out what form of legalization Reno residents want and address their concerns.
Please sign and share with other Reno residents!
April 25, 2017
Reno City Council to Consider Temporary Moratorium
Tomorrow the Reno City Council will consider a temporary (one-month) moratorium on licensing of recreational marijuana establishments. If the moratorium is put in place, the Council will have the option of creating a permanent moratorium.
This is a smart move - even a marijuana industry lobbyist spoke favorably of Carson City's recent moratorium, acknowledging that the city needed time to develop regulations.
Please attend or call/email your Reno City Council representatives to tell them that you support this moratorium. You can find out who your representatives are here.
April 01, 2017
April Kicks off with a Week of Bill Hearings
From Monday, April 3 through Friday, April 7, State Legislature committees will be hearing several important marijuana-related bills.
Some of the effects of these bills would be to loosen medical marijuana regulations, increase the number of dispensaries permitted per locality, add nonprofit dispensaries, prohibit landlords from evicting tenants for medical marijuana use, and require hospitals and schools to permit medical marijuana use on their premises.
Anyone who attends the bill hearings in person (or via videoconference from the Las Vegas location) may make a public comment. Please attend and let your voice be heard!
March 29, 2017
State Legislation Continues!
UPDATE: The hearing for SB 396 has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 4. See the Calendar of Events for details.
On March 30, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary will hear SB 396, a bill which would exempt health care providers and massage therapists from state prosecution for marijuana-related crimes, as well as prohibit licensing boards from disciplining them for administering marijuana.
The public can attend in person to support, oppose or comment on the bill.
Marijuana Working Groups
The Department of Taxation's marijuana working groups continue to meet. These working groups will heavily influence the marijuana regulation that is developed in our state. They are dominated by the marijuana industry, so public participation is vital.
The public can attend in person (or call in) and make comments, or submit comments ahead of time via email.
Be sure to make your voice heard by attending and commenting on these meetings!
March 27, 2017
Senate Committee on Judicary to Hear Five Marijuana Bills
On Tuesday, March 28, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary will hear five key marijuana bills. These bills will have effects such as:
prohibiting local governments from imposing any special regulations on marijuana establishments
requiring schools, hospitals and assisted living facilities to permit medical marijuana consumption on their premises
prohibiting landlords from evicting tenants for medical marijuana use
More information about each bill can be found on our Take Action > Legislation page.
Please consider attending this very important hearing in order to voice your opinion.
March 18, 2017
"Early Start" Bill Introduced in State Senate
SB 302 ("Provides an early start for recreational marijuana sales") has been introduced to the State Senate by Senator Tick Segerblom.
While Question 2 provided up to a year for the Department of Taxation to develop a regulatory system for recreational marijuana sales, the Department has announced that it intends to have such a system prepared by July. SB 302 would allow medical marijuana dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana even before then.
March 15, 2017
Douglas County Prohibits Marijuana Establishments
The Douglas County Planning Commission has approved an amendment that would prohibit marijuana establishments in Douglas County, according to the Record-Courier. The amendment was approved unanimously and without discussion.
The county already prohibits medical marijuana establishments.
The Planning Commission is an advisory body for the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, so the amendment will proceed to discussion by the county commissioners.
March 14, 2017
Key Regulatory Workshops Scheduled for March
Governor Brian Sandoval has appointed a Governor's Task Force for the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, whose members will craft recommendations for marijuana regulation. The Task Force is divided into several working groups.
From March 20-24, these working groups will hold meetings which are open for public comment. Members of the public may attend in person or call in.
The Nevada Department of Taxation is charged with regulating the marijuana industry, including aspects such as advertising, packaging, labeling and licensing.
On March 29, the Department will be holding a Workshop on Proposed Temporary Regulation regarding the marijuana tax. Members of the public may make comments in person at this meeting or submit them in writing.
For those with an interest in regulation of the marijuana industry, this is an important opportunity to share your point of view with the government agencies that will be crafting regulations.
March 01, 2017
Governor's Task Force to Hold Open Meeting
The Governor's Task Force for the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act will hold an open meeting on Friday, March 3 at 10 a.m.
The public will be able to attend and comment.
To join by phone...
Call In Number: (877) 873-8017
Access Code: 6605169
Public comments can also be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is an excellent opportunity to share your thoughts on marijuana regulation.
February 23, 2017
White House Hints at "Greater Enforcement"
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that there will be "greater enforcement" of federal marijuana laws under the new administration. Spicer indicated that the administration would differentiate between medical and recreational marijuana, allowing states to continue to permit and regulate medical marijuana. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is known to be an opponent of legalization.
February 06, 2017
Nevada State Legislature Is Now in Session
Just a few months after the passage of Question 2, the Nevada State Legislature is beginning its 2017 session. The legislature meets biennially, so there will not be another regular session until 2019.
There are several proposed bills related to marijuana, though in most cases the language of the bills is not yet public. If you have concerns about marijuana regulation, now is the time to start contacting your representatives in the legislature.
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