Nevada needs 'crack down' on black-market marijuana, judiciary chairman says – Nevada Appeal

Monday, May 17, 2021

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A leading lawmaker in the Nevada Legislature said on Nevada Newsmakers the state’s cannabis industry needs help in cracking down on black-market marijuana sales.
Assemblyman Steve Yeager, D-Las Vegas and the chair of the Judiciary Committee, said the lack of attention on the lucrative illegal marijuana industry has to do with manpower and priorities.
“What we can do with the Cannabis Compliance Board is to step up the enforcement of that,” Yeager told host Sam Shad.
“I think there has just been a lack of enforcement on the illegal side,” Yeager said. “And rightfully so. When we have limited resources, it is probably not the No. 1 issue. But I think it is important that the Cannabis Compliance Board should really get into that space and make sure we are trying to crack down on those (black market dealers).”
The black market in marijuana produces almost $20 million in tax-free revenue in Southern Nevada, Josh Garber, detective for the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, told the Nevada Current earlier this year.
In 2020, Las Vegas Metro busted just 17 illegal growing operations, down from 111 in 2013, the Current reported.
The reduction in growing-operation arrests was down mainly because Las Vegas Metro does not still have a full-time team focused on marijuana enforcement, Garber told the Current.
Total cannabis wholesale and retail tax collections by the state for fiscal year 2000 was $105.8 million, up from $99 million in 2019, according to state treasury documents.
“I’m a little surprised that the numbers are where they are,” Yeager said, adding black-market marijuana also may pose a health risk.
“And not just on the revenue side,” he said. “You don’t know what you are getting

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