Cannabis board member's firm has deep ties with cannabis industry – Nevada Current

Cannabis Compliance Board appointee and former Gaming Control Board chair Dennis Neilander. (kcnvlaw.com photo) Cannabis Compliance Board appointee and former Gaming Control Board chair Dennis Neilander. (kcnvlaw.com photo)

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak today appointed two Nevadans to serve on the newly-created Cannabis Compliance Board, and one selection appears to conflict with provisions in the law that created the board, which is slated to assume regulatory control of Nevada’s troubled cannabis industry.    

Sisolak named former Gaming Control Board chairman Dennis Neilander, who is currently a gaming attorney with Kaempfer Crowell, a law firm with deep roots in the cannabis industry. 

Assembly Bill 533, passed by the 2019 Nevada Legislature, prohibits a member of the CCB from being “pecuniarily interested in any business or organization holding a license under this title or doing business with any person or organization holding a license or registration card under this title.”

Kaempfer Crowell routinely represents marijuana interests, primarily in land use matters before local governments. It represented two successful applicants — Clear River and CW Nevada — in Clark County’s initial round of medical marijuana dispensary licensing in 2014, a process led by then-County Commission Chairman Sisolak.   

A spokesman for the Governor says Neilander is “walled off” from cannabis-related matters at the firm.

“Mr. Neilander has an Of-Counsel relationship with Kaempfer Crowell and, therefore, does not share in profits with the firm,” said Ryan McInerny. “His legal practice area is entirely focused on Gaming, which precludes him from having any pecuniary interests or representing clients in the Cannabis industry. Mr. Neilander has never represented a Cannabis client. Going forward, Mr. Nielander will continue to be walled off from all Cannabis-related matters at his firm.”

Robert Crowell, listed on Kaempfer Crowell’s website as a retired stockholder, is the mayor of Carson City.  Crowell routinely participates and

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