Carson City DA Jason Woodbury talks about legalization of recreational marijuana Tuesday. Cathleen Allison, Nevada Photo Source
By Teri Vance
As the Nevada Legislature resumes session this week, Carson City District Attorney Jason Woodbury and other officials are looking for clarification how to implement the legalization of recreational marijuana, which was approved by Nevada voters in November’s election.
“We’re watching the Legislature closely,” Woodbury said. “It would be nice to have some Legislative guidance in some of the areas Question 2 opened up.”
For now, Carson City is in a holding pattern. The measure, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana starting Jan. 1, allowed the Department of Taxation one year to craft regulations of the approved establishments.
“Carson City adopted a moratorium on marijuana establishments until we see the regulations,” Woodbury said. “We’re in the gap period.”
The Department of Taxation expects to have the regulations drawn up by summer.
“We’ll want to see what those regulations look like, and we’ll add any regulations we need to protect the people of Carson City,” Woodbury said. “In theory, it could be ready by the end of the year. It could be longer.”
While users can grow their own plants — six per person or up to 12 per household — they are prohibited from doing so within 25 miles of an approved establishment. Only those establishments will be allowed to sell it.
“That was on of the hidden caveats of the bill,” Woodbury explained. “Believe me, it’s big business.”
Woodbury said a city task force is meeting to iron out the process of implementing the new law.
“To some extent, the writing was on the wall,