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Nevada marijuana tax bill revived, sent to governor
Recreational pot advocates pleased with Nevada Legislature’s strides
Nevada Lawmakers Set Cannabis Tax: 10% Retail, 15% Wholesale
Just one day ahead of the state legislature’s final deadline, Nevada lawmakers reached a deal late Sunday night that would set the state’s cannabis tax rate and send much of the revenue to public education.
The Senate measure passed around 11 p.m. Sunday night, includes a 10% tax on retail cannabis sales, and a 15% tax on growers. The Assembly is scheduled to concur Monday, with Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval expected to approve the budget package.
The cannabis tax is essentially the same as what Gov. Sandoval requested. Over the next two years, cannabis revenue will largely fund a $20 million boost for the state’s Opportunity Scholarships and provide $25 million to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), contingent on matching funds from private donors.
Instead of going to the education funding this biennium, it will instead go to the rainy day fund for emergency uses, after Senate Republicans had been withholding votes on the cannabis tax after unresolved policy issues—mainly, the Education Savings Accounts.
Republicans had originally said they would not support a budget that did not include funding for Educational Savings Accounts, a school voucher-like program that gives public money to families who pull their children from Nevada public schools.
State Sen. Julia Ratti (D-Sparks) told the Reno Gazette-Journal that putting the funds into the rainy day fund was the best option, given how late in the session it is. To put the funds into education this year, Ratti said, the legislature would need to reopen the K-12 budget, which has already been passed and sent on to the governor.
“I am actually quite pleased that it’s going to the rainy day fund,” she said. “I think it’s a really good move to make sure the state regains some of its fiscal stability.”
Ratti described the state’s cannabis tax framework as a rational system that creates a difference in pricing between adult-use and medical marijuana.
“That is really important to us,” she said, “making sure that we maintain a vibrant medical marijuana industry.”
Nevada Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford, D-Las Vegas, praised the agreement in a statement issued after the Senate vote last night.
“With strong consumer protections in place, our recreational marijuana industry is poised to become a critically important source of revenue for Nevada,” Ford said.
With Gov. Sandoval’s expected approval, the budget deal will allow Nevada will dodge a nearly $290 million budget hole.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
A man died Sunday night after a rollover crash in Summerlin. Police responded to calls around 5 p.m. yesterday that a car had crashed into a landscape median at a high speed near Lake Mead and Ridgemoor Street before it began to turn over into westbound lanes. The man was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car, dying at the scene.
A man died and another was rescued at Lake Mead Sunday. Police say two men were struggling to swim near Boulder Beach at around 3:30 p.m. yesterday. A bystander was able to save one man but the other went missing. His body was found about an hour later. Neither man was wearing a lifejacket.
And after failing to come to a consensus on critical state budget matters late last week, the Nevada State Senate reached a deal overnight to approve some of the final bills of the legislative session. The deal included reintroducing a recreational marijuana tax, a capital improvement project and adding $20 million in tax credits to the Opportunity Scholarship fund. Senate Republicans opposed the pot tax and the projects bill in protest of a lack of funding for education savings accounts. The money toward the Opportunity Scholarships is seen as a compromise on that matter.
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Friday, June 2, 2017 | 6:30 p.m.
CARSON CITY — Native American tribal governments in Nevada will now be able to negotiate directly with the governor’s office on marijuana, thanks to legislation passed Friday.
Senate Bill 375, which opens the door for legal negotiations on the use and sale of medical marijuana on tribal lands, also allows the governor’s office to bypass federal laws that limit commerce talks between tribes and Congress.
“The voters have spoken on marijuana and they’ve adopted this,” Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said just minutes before signing the bill. “It’s important that the Native American people can participate in this and for the state to work with all of you.”
Sandoval also touted the economic benefits of the bill to the tribes, calling SB375 “developing and enabling.”
Present at the bill signing, in the second floor of the Capitol Building, were nearly a dozen members of the Nevada Tribal Cannabis Alliance — which includes 14 tribes across the state, including the Las Vegas and Moapa Paiute tribes. All 27 federally recognized tribes in the state, which include an estimated 40,000 Native Americans, are eligible for negotiation under the terms of the new law.
Standing with her fingers interlocked in front of her, a smiling Yerington Paiute Chairwoman Laurie Thom thanked Sandoval and state Sen. Tick Segerblom for “supporting the tribes and listening to our needs.”
“This is key to the economic development of our tribes and also brings needed medicine to the reservation,” Thom said.
Sandoval also announced the passing of Senate Bill 396 on Friday, a bill to increase funds and permission for low-THC hemp research to extend beyond Nevada universities and select marijuana growers in the state.
According to the new law, hemp, which is made of seeds and stems of marijuana plants, could not contain more than 0.3 percent THC, the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana. Less than 20 producers statewide currently grow hemp, according to the Nevada Department of Agriculture. A department spokesman did not say how many additional hemp growers would be added under the new law.
The passing of SB375 and SB396 were the third and fourth marijuana-related bills signed into law by Sandoval this session. Sandoval also vetoed two weed bills — one to establish state apprenticeships for marijuana and the other to include opioid addiction as a qualifying condition for a state medical marijuana card — earlier this week. As many as four weed bills, covering such issues as the price of medical marijuana cards to the size and shape of edibles for sale in the new recreational marijuana industry, are still outstanding in the Legislature.
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