As the new executive director of the Nevada Dispensary Association, Layke Martin will be tasked with overseeing governmental affairs and public outreach for the group that represents dispensaries throughout the state.
The association promotes a safe and regulated industry in Nevada, where recreational marijuana use has been legal since July 2017.
Martin comes from the UNLV Boyd School of Law, where she was the assistant dean for external relations and in charge of fundraising, communications and career development. She also taught public policy and leadership courses.
Martin, a native Las Vegan, previously spent five years practicing business litigation. In 2015, she was named “Young Lawyer of the Year” by the State Bar of Nevada.
Martin’s background, especially her time at UNLV, helped prepare her for this new challenge. She replaced Riana Durrett, who was named to the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board by Gov. Steve Sisolak.
Martin spoke to Vegas Inc about what’s ahead. The interview was edited for clarity.
At Boyd, you did a lot of work with fundraising, alumni relations and event planning and execution. How did work help prepare you for this new position?
Frankly, a lot of that is similar to what we provide at NDA in terms of member services. I think my background both in law and in higher education will help. This is, of course, a very regulated industry. NDA does a lot of education programming, and we do policy forums and are in constant communication with our members.
NDA also works with other stakeholders, like the Legislature, and everyone, including regulators, who comes in contact with the industry. The community outreach, and relationship-building that I’ve done in the past will be beneficial.
Dispensaries were required to shut down for a time this year because of COVID-19. What’s your top priority right now as