Nevada Marijuana News

ELKO – A proposed medical marijuana business could be approved by the Elko Band Council Sunday, on the heels of recent actions by county commissioners and the city council to prohibit cannabis sales within Elko city limits and unincorporated parts of the county.

On Friday, a special open meeting was called by the Elko Band Council for 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Elko Colony Health & Wellness Center – formerly known as the Indian Colony Gymnasium.

The meeting is open to the public.

A presentation will be made by Cannabis Consulting Group LLC owners Josh and Terra White, who are seeking permission to open a medical marijuana dispensary at the Elko Indian Colony.

The business would be “on the sovereign nation in the middle of the city, but not in the city limits, only on the reservation,” said Terra White.

The Whites have worked for two years on the project that includes constructing an 8,000 square foot building on tribal land. If the council approves the business on Sunday, White said they could break ground in November in hopes of opening Jan. 1.

They are also seeking to include recreational sales as soon as possible, White added.

David Decker, chairman of the Elko Band Council for the Te-Moak Tribe of the Western Shoshone, said community turnout would “have a big impact on what the council’s decision is going to be.”

Decker urged current medical marijuana patients to “voice their concerns if they are a patient and are being denied service.”

Tribes in Nevada were granted permission to establish medical and recreational marijuana facilities by state lawmakers in Senate Bill 375, which was signed into law June 2 by Gov. Brian

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Each year, around the beginning of September, Shana Maziarz starts to notice people sleeping in cars and hanging out in the parking lot of Nevada City’s Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Company, where she is a co-owner.

Around that same time — just after Burning Man ends, she said — she has a difficult time finding employees. She attributes both trends to the marijuana harvest season.

Many of her potential workers would rather trim buds for local farmers during the fall, which can be a relatively high-paying, flexible and tax-free job, than work a restaurant job, she said.

And the Three Forks parking lot turns into a hangout spot when the influx of trimmers from around the world — a group commonly referred to as “trimmigrants” — come to Nevada County, eager to make quick cash.

Maziarz posted signs in the outdoor seating area at Three Forks last month, asking customers to limit their time on the patio to one hour unless they are buying more items.

“People will come and hang out for hours without buying food because they don’t have somewhere to be,” Maziarz said.

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But Maziarz clarifies she doesn’t take issue with the transient lifestyle of some of the young adults who come to Nevada County to work during harvest season. She was once a free-spirited 20-something herself, she said.

She posted the signs — reluctantly, she said — in an effort to maintain a welcoming space for all her customers.


Rita Fuenzalida, co-owner of Java Johns in Nevada City, said the influx of seasonal workers provides an economic boost to her business during what would otherwise be a slow time of the year.

Fuenzalida sometimes asks customers who come in from out of town during the fall to

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The Nevada Tax Commission approved the temporary regulations allowing the sale of retail pot, clearing the way for legal marijuana sales to begin as early as July 1. (Nathan O’Neal | KSNV)


Recreational marijuana sales in Henderson began on Friday. This comes after the city voted to lift their temporary moratorium on sales.

Nevada gave to green light to recreational pot sales statewide on July first. Henderson’s temporary ban on recreational sales was put in place because city officials wanted to see how the state of Nevada would regulate the new marijuana industry. Council members decided to lift the ban last September. This past Tuesday, the city approved license applications for the five marijuana dispensaries in Henderson.

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News 3 spoke with the owner of The Source dispensary in Henderson, who says this move is a win for the city and it’s consumers.

“For the City of Henderson, it means tax revenue, it means jobs, it means additional businesses and economic growth. It means taking marijuana out of the black illegal market into a legal regulated framework where people don’t have to feel like criminals for consuming what is a pretty safe product,” Andrew Jolley, owner The Source.

The state of Nevada generated $3.6 million in tax revenue from recreational marijuana.

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Lead photo via NuWu Cannabis Marketplace

Less than four months into Nevada’s tenure as a haven for legal weed, relationships have already grown contentious between the state’s Native American tribes and the federal government.

With independent sovereignty on tribal lands and an approved piece of state legislature, SB 375, granting Nevada’s tribes a place in the cannabis industry, the state’s Native American population has a unique opportunity to create jobs and stability in their communities with the profits from legal weed.

But before any of Nevada’s 32 tribal reservations or colonies officially joined the green rush, the Paiute Tribe and their peers received some less than encouraging news from an official with the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs. According to Laurie Thom, the council chair of the Yerington Paiute Tribe, the law enforcement liason essentially threatened a specific federal crackdown on tribal grounds if the Paiutes got into the weed game.

“[We] would enforce federal law on Nevada tribes, because the US Attorney General would provide the necessary warrants,” Thom recalled, quoting the federal official. “‘Don’t do it,’ he said.”

Still, after literally hundreds of years of baseless persecution, Nevada’s indigenous communities aren’t letting threats get in the way of their prosperity. Despite vague warnings from the feds, the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe has officially opened what it says is the “largest marijuana store on the planet” in downtown Vegas.

According to local Fox affiliate KVVU, the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe opened the NuWu Cannabis Marketplace this week, starting down a path that they hope will one day include 24/7 service and a drive-thru window.

Because the dispensary sits on a 31-acre plot of tribal land deemed Paiute Circle, NuWu is not subject to the same Nevada state regulations as Sin City’s other recreational pot shops. But Las Vegas Paiute tribal chairman Benny

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Patricia Smith is a woman who has lived her life on her own terms. Growing up in a conservative household in Orange County back when it was still filled with actual orange groves, Smith believed in the Reefer Madness mentality about cannabis, and feared even being near the stuff. “I was convinced that if I took just one hit of a joint I would be running down the street crazed and naked,” she remembered.

In her teens, Smith started seeing her friends smoke pot and quickly realized that they were not having the bad reactions that she had expected. At the time, she was drinking cough syrup to “get high” and thought it was safer because it was “medicine.” She became curious about trying marijuana, although the first time someone offered her a joint she was embarrassed because she didn’t know how to smoke it and threw it in the bushes when no one was looking. Wanting to learn how to inhale, she started smoking cigarettes so that the next time she was offered a joint she would know what to do.

“I finally tried it for myself and my world changed because I realized that they had been lying to me my whole life, and because of that I suddenly thought that all drugs were safe,” Smith recalls. “That’s why it’s so dangerous to lie to kids about drugs. Instead of drinking cough syrup these days they’re doing oxycontin because it’s in the medicine cabinet so it must be safe.”

With her new found knowledge and distrust of authority, Smith ran away from home in 1966 at age 17 to Haight Ashbury in San Francisco, where she quickly found a job at The Family Dog. She was a secretary for the music production company, and fondly remembers watching the

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Lead photo via The Source Nevada

By skipping the regulatory red tape that usually serves as a multi-year buffer between the passing of legal cannabis legislation and the start of recreational sales, Nevada sparked a huge new tourist attraction for Las Vegas visitors this summer, raking in a record $27 million in sales and $3.6 million in tax revenue in the first month alone. But while Sin City fully embraced the state’s early recreational sales start, other areas of Nevada weren’t as quick to hop on board. After a number of municipalities put moratoriums on recreational sales, 39 of Nevada’s initial 44 licensed adult-use pot shops popped up in the Las Vegas metro area.

Now, after more than three months of industry success in Vegas, Henderson — Nevada’s second largest city — has licensed five of its existing medical pot shops to sell recreational cannabis, with retail sales slated to start Friday, October 20th.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jenny’s Dispensary, Essence, The Source, The Dispensary NV, and Nevada Medical Marijuana have all been approved to make recreational sales, with Henderson’s City Council voting 4-1 in favor of the four of the pot shops and 3-2 in favor of the other.

Henderson’s council had previously passed moratoriums on recreational sales, blocking a legal weed market from February 2017 until last month, when a 3-2 vote opened the door for local businesses to finally get in on the Silver State’s green rush.

“This makes the most sense,” Armen Yemenidjian, owner and CEO of dispensary Essence Vegas, told the Review-Journal. “Just because retail marijuana hasn’t been sold here doesn’t mean people haven’t been purchasing it. They’ve just been going to other jurisdictions. This is going to be a great opportunity for the city.”

But before they sell any retail bud, each of the

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Recreational pot on its way to Henderson (Nathan O’Neal | KSNV)


Recreational marijuana in the City of Henderson is coming soon.

The city has decided to allow all five dispensaries in their jurisdiction to begin selling for recreational purposes.

Armen Yemenidijan is the owner of Essence Cannabis dispensary in Henderson and he says this is good news for the city’s economy and it’s residents.

“Now the City of Henderson will be able to collect tax revenue on it and it’ll be more convincing for the residents of the city of Henderson,” said Yemenidijan.

Last November, voters approved the legalization of marijuana in Nevada and Las Vegas has already been selling recreational pot since July.

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The City of Henderson chose to put a freeze on starting sales because they wanted to see how the state would regulate the new industry.

On Tuesday evening, City Council Members voted to put an end to that six-month moratorium.

Some residents we spoke to say it’s about time.

“I think Henderson is behind the curb everyone’s down with the legal marijuana I mean it’s common sense,” said Henderson native Sean Ware.

The state of Nevada generated $3.6 million in tax revenue from recreational marijuana.

Now, Henderson will also be able to tap into that marijuana money.

Other residents, we spoke to still have their concerns, like Renatta Ramirez, who lives in Henderson.

“I’m just hoping that with the legalization that it doesn’t backfire on us. That there’s not more DUI’s or anything like that,” said Ramirez.

Yemenidjian doesn’t think that will happen.

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Las Vegas’s most populous suburb will allow the sales of adult-use cannabis beginning Friday, following a vote by the Henderson City Council on Tuesday to approve the applications of five adult-use marijuana dispensaries.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, the five dispensaries will be able to begin selling recreational cannabis legally. The development comes three months after the state began allowing adult-use cannabis sales, after considerable back-and-forth between city officials and cannabis advocates.


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The five dispensaries awarded licenses were The Source, Essence Cannabis Dispensary, Nevada Medical Marijuana, Jenny’s Dispensary, and The Dispensary.

Henderson, located about 16 miles southeast of Las Vegas, is Nevada’s second largest city, with a population of just under 300,000.

On Jan. 1 of this year, Nevada legalized up to one ounce of cannabis flower or up to an eighth of an ounce of THC concentrates by adults over 21 following the passage of Ballot Question 2 in November’s election.


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Legal sales kicked off in the state on July 1, but Henderson enacted a six-month moratorium back in February that was set to expire in August. It was then extended through last month.

As a condition of approving the local licenses, the Las Vegas Sun reports, City Councilman Dan Shaw requested that the five approved dispensaries secure banking services within the next six months so its easier for the city to track and receive tax payments.


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A city outside Las Vegas has approved the sale of recreational marijuana nearly four months after sales began across Nevada.

The Henderson City Council on Tuesday approved applications from five medical marijuana dispensaries that could allow the facilities to start selling marijuana for recreational use as early as Friday.

The council approved a moratorium on sales in February that lasted until September after voters across state approved a ballot question on recreational marijuana last year.

The Henderson dispensaries still require final approval for a state license and a city inspection of their facilities.

City spokesman David Cherry tells KVVU-TV that dispensary owners are also required to meet with the mayor in six months to discuss banking services so the city can ensure the cash businesses will pay taxes.

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By Colin A. Young

The Silver State is seeing green, having hauled in $3.68 million in state tax revenue during the first month of legal marijuana sales.

The bulk of the revenue was generated by Nevada’s 10 percent retail tax on sales of recreational marijuana, totaling $2.71 million in July, the Nevada Department of Taxation reported. Another $974,060 came from a 15 percent wholesale tax charged to all cannabis cultivators.
Wholesale tax revenue goes to Nevada schools and is expected to bring in $56.2 million over the next two years.

Revenue from the 10 percent retail tax will go to the state’s rainy day fund and is expected to produce $63.5 million over the next two years. Marijuana became legal in Nevada on Jan. 1 and retail sales began July 1, making the state the fifth in the country to provide legal retail access to marijuana.

Massachusetts consumers will pay a state excise tax of 10.75 percent, the 6.25 percent sales tax, and a local option tax of up to 3 percent on retail sales.

Based on estimates compiled by the Department of Revenue – using a range in taxable sales between $771 million and $1.433 billion – a 20 percent effective tax rate on marijuana could produce between $72 million and $134 million annually, or between $6 million and $11 million a month in Massachusetts.

Although Nevada’s population is less than half of that of Massachusetts, 203 of the 250 marijuana licenses issued in Nevada are in Clark County, which includes the major tourist destination Las Vegas, according to that state’s Department of Taxation. So far, Nevada has licensed 53 retail stores, 92 cultivation facilities, 65 product manufacturing facilities, 31 distributors, and nine testing labs.

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