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Tax Commission approves brand-new cannabis guidelines

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Steve Marcus Cannabis is displayed at the Apothecary Shoppe marijuana dispensary on West Flamingo Road Thursday, Jan. 04, 2018.

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018|12:50 p.m.

Just over six months after sales of leisure cannabis began in Nevada, the state’s Tax Commission today authorized irreversible regulations to govern the industry.

The eight-member commission voted 8-0 in favor of adopting 258 pages of pot policies, which replace temporary “early start” guidelines put in location to govern the Nevada cannabis industry from July through the end of 2017.

Additions to the long-term policies adopted today include guidance for the state’s selection of receivers for 66 new pot licenses and allowance of house shipment.

“This procedure and these treatments will be progressing for numerous years to come,” said Deonne Contine, director of the Nevada Department of Tax.

The policies still need final approval from the Nevada Legislative Commission.

Nevadans in the 2016 election approved Tally Concern 2 to permit adults age 21 and over to have and take in approximately an ounce of marijuana flower or approximately one-eighth an ounce of the THC equivalent of edibles and concentrates, such as shatter, wax and co2 oil. It set a start date for recreational weed sales of Jan. 1, 2018.

But in 2015’s Legislature, led by State Sen. Tick Segerblom, enabled the state’s 60 operating medical marijuana dispensaries to start offering pot for recreational use on July 1 under an “early start” program. Pot establishments approved for the early start recreational licenses last year must reapply for irreversible leisure cannabis licenses.

Among those who spoke in support of the new guidelines today were Las Vegas lawyer Amanda Conor, on behalf of the Nevada Marijuana Coalition, and Riana Durrett, who represents the Nevada Dispensary Association.

Some growers argued they must be allowed to sell directly to the public, instead of strictly to dispensaries, if they’re not chosen for dispensary licenses.

Durrett stated that language for additional dispensary licenses was outlined in Tally Concern 2, not the newly passed regulations, and that as medical marijuana license holders, cultivators would be qualified to use. Ballot Concern 2 requires the variety of readily available state-issued cannabis dispensary licenses to double– from 66 to 132– this year.

Nevada currently has actually currently authorized about 270 cannabis companies, consisting of about 120 growing facilities, 80 production centers, 10 testing laboratories and 60 dispensaries.

Nevada commission to consider $27M tax refund for AT&T.

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018|1:11 p.m.

RENO– The Nevada Tax Commission will consider approving an almost $27 million tax refund for AT&T after authorities say the business paid sales and use taxes it didn’t owe to the state.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports state tax auditors are suggesting for the commission at its meeting next week to authorize the refund that will be paid to two AT&T subsidiaries.

State Tax Commission Chairman Jim DeVolld states that from October 2013 to December 2014, the company paid taxes on equipment saved in its Reno warehouse but the products were sold out of state.

DeVolld states the paid taxes were likely from an accounting error, and the refund is an affordable demand.

The refund will likely be paid through credits expanded over several years.

Nevada Tax Commission extends emergency situation pot guidelines

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017|12:40 p.m.

CARSON CITY– The Nevada Tax Commission voted to extend the existing emergency situation regulations enabling leisure cannabis licensing and sales for another 120 days.

The Nevada Appeal reports long-term policies, which were set to end Wednesday, are still waiting for legislative approval.

In accordance with the Supreme Court order released Oct. 20, the policies, which were extended Wednesday, state that new applications to disperse pot can only be issued to certified alcohol wholesalers.

That requirement makes recreational marijuana use legal in Nevada, offering liquor suppliers special rights to circulation for the very first 18 months of recreational sales.

However the guidelines also adopt the high court’s consentaneous order existing distribution licenses to recreational licensees on or before Sept. 14 will remain in impact for the full year from the date they were provided.

Nevada Gaming Commission to hash over weed and gambling establishments

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L.E. Baskow Customers at the Essence cannabis store on Las Vegas Boulevard South line up as sales of leisure cannabis started at midnight in Nevada on Saturday, July 1, 2017.

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Nevada’s legalization of recreational marijuana has made life simpler for users however harder for video gaming business, something the Nevada Video gaming Commission intends to deal with in a special conference on Thursday.

Legislated weed provides a number of issues for the video gaming market: Using and offering pot is still an offense of federal law, and Nevada’s regulators don’t want video gaming companies to be connected with something that is technically illegal.

State video gaming laws and guidelines specifically prohibit behavior by video gaming licensees that would challenge the industry. Violating a federal law, Nevada’s gaming regulators have actually stated, might do precisely that.

Members of the commission also stress that the federal government might take a more powerful interest in Nevada’s video gaming market if the state appears unconcerned about pot use.

“Were we to take a position that would permit a federal law to be broken and not act upon it, that has a fantastic possibility of welcoming federal intervention,” Commissioner Randolph Townsend stated during a commission conference last year soon after the state’s citizens passed Concern 2 to legislate leisure usage.

Among the prospective results are licensing of essential staff members such as gambling establishment executives and the registration of front-line employees such as dealerships and hosts, particularly if they have business relationships with the marijuana industry.

It might also impact vendors who deal with both casinos and the cannabis industry, such as payment-processing firms or companies offering information technology services. Oftentimes, these organisations likewise have to be accredited to do organisation with casinos in Nevada.

The new marijuana law itself might likewise create problems for gambling establishments relating to where guests can or can not take in weed.

Metro Authorities have stated they’ll approach imposing the pot laws on the Strip as they would any other misdemeanor violation in Clark County.

City representative Larry Hadfield stated Metro’s understanding of the brand-new law is clear: You cannot take in weed in public. “A private house is the secret,” Hadfield said.

However, smoking pot in public is a misdemeanor, and Hadfield stated that unless officers spot another crime being dedicated, people captured smoking cigarettes pot in public will be pointed out (offered a ticket) and sent out on their method.

Nevertheless, the law does not say pot usage should happen in somebody’s home. It only says weed can not be consumed in a public place (or a moving vehicle or a cannabis shop). What makes an area public in this context is uncertain.

Is a hotel room that can be leased to anyone a public space? Is a meeting room or convention area public if it is leased to a specific group and not open to the public while that group is using it?

“We’re asking for your guidance,” said Bill Young, chief compliance officer and head of security for Station Gambling establishments in the exact same commission conference last year. “Whether it will be allowed in your cars or in the privacy of the hotel rooms.”

When asked how the company is handling customers who use marijuana, a Station representative said it is accepting the Nevada Video gaming Control Board and the Nevada Gaming Commission.

A Caesars Entertainment representative stated his business restricts cannabis use anywhere on their Nevada homes and has posted indications throughout their resorts so customers know the rules.

Nevada Video gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett said that despite the confusion about a few of the information, gaming companies and regulators concur that federal and state law should be observed.

“Today, gaming licensees on the Strip are really proactive where it concerns people noticeably using marijuana on premises,” Burnett said. “When somebody is smoking cigarettes, it is a little bit more apparent and will be handled quicker than if someone is taking in an edible. Nonetheless, the concern of licensees is the very same as ours. In regards to compliance to federal law, we’re on the exact same page.”

However, he stated, there are other problems that must be worked out.

In an effort to prevent visitors from gambling too much when they are intoxicated, Nevada’s video gaming statutes state gambling establishments can’t permit individuals who are “visibly inebriateded to participate in gaming activity.”

However it may be a challenge for gambling establishments to adhere to that regulation when it comes to weed, Burnett stated.

“The harder question is when you have someone can be found in and they are utilizing edibles and nobody can detect it,” Burnett stated. “And after that there’s the possibility of a client dispute due to the fact that somebody was expensive to gamble.”

Thursday’s meeting will resolve public use concerns in addition to others, Nevada Video gaming Commission Chairman Tony Alamo said.

Alamo included that he isn’t sure if the commission will end up launching an official policy declaration. Video gaming business might need to refer to the conversations to discern the commission’s intent when it pertains to weed, he stated

However, he stated he’s certain that the issues will not be chosen when the commission adjourns on Thursday. “It’s made complex,” he said. “It can’t be done in one meeting.”

Clark County Commission mulls options after Uber and Lyft flout regulations

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015|2 a.m.

On Tuesday, the seven members of the Clark County Commission grilled agents from Uber and Lyft on whether the ride-hailing services would start without county company licenses.

Uber stated it did not know. Lyft stated it had actually not chosen.

But a couple of hours later on, their responses were clear. Hours later on, the business were transporting passengers across the Las Vegas metro location.

“It’s unfortunate since we want great neighborhood partners,” stated Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick. “I have no idea what their expectation is as a community partner at this moment.”

What the county will certainly do next is uncertain.

In current weeks, the county has said it would be unlawful for Uber and Lyft to run in their jurisdictions without a company license. Clark County, however, has yet to produce the legal framework to accredit ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft, stating that the process could last up until completion of October. Uber and Lyft have actually gotten the state’s authorization to run, but under the regards to the law, they would have needed to start by Oct. 15– establishing a conflict between the two sets of rules.

The county has yet to choose whether it will certainly do something about it against the operational companies or their motorists. “I believe individuals are seeking to see what alternatives there are,” Kirkpatrick said. The county could cite the business and ultimately appeal the concern to state regulators, T. Ann Perez, an official in the Clark County’s business license office, stated after a meeting recently. Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak stated authorities from the county had many meetings with the business.

“I was really positive entering into (Tuesday’s) conference,” he stated.

Commissioners thought about extending a temporary license to Uber and Lyft however decided not to after getting exactly what they identified as noncommittal responses from the companies. Commissioner Larry Brown stated he would have supported a short-lived license because ride-hailing would produce earnings for the county, but that business would not accept conditions that the commission would have required.

County officials have been criticized for dragging their feet on the business authorization concern, a charge that they denied. “The county might not go much faster than it currently has,” said the county’s attorney Mary-Anne Miller, who said that commissioners needed to wait to see what remained in the state policies, which were not accepted till Friday.

On Wednesday, Uber and Lyft stated they wanted to continue working with the jurisdiction to solve the business license issue.

Chelsea Wilson, a spokeswoman for Lyft, stated the business had been dealing with business licensing workplace. “We do absolutely wish to deal with them,” she said. “We simply likewise think there is not a lot of clearness in between exactly what we are hearing from Clark County and exactly what we hearing from the state.”

Spokane eliminates Rachel Dolezal from police commission

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In this image released by NBC News, previous NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal appears on the “Today” program set on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in New York.

Thursday, June 18, 2015|5:25 p.m.

SPOKANE, Wash.– The Spokane City board has voted to eliminate Rachel Dolezal, the previous Spokane NAACP president, from the city’s volunteer police ombudsman commission.

KREM-TV reports the 6-0 vote came Thursday afternoon.

On Wednesday, Mayor David Condon and Spokane Council President Ben Stuckart required Dolezal and two others to step down from the five-member commission after an independent investigation found the three commissioners acted improperly and broke government rules.

The report stated the proof and interviews validated workplace harassment allegations and “a pattern of misconduct” by Dolezal, the chairwoman, and two other commissioners. The council accepted the resignation of among those commissioners and voted to provide the other more time to react.

The 37-year-old Dolezal resigned as head of the NAACP’s Spokane chapter today after her dad and moms stated she was a white woman pretending to be black.