Miranda Alam/Special to Sun
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 | 2 a.m.
Working toward a clearer definition of some of Nevada’s marijuana policies would be at the top of Steve Sisolak’s priorities if elected governor next month.
Speaking at a marijuana town hall Monday with State Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, and marijuana business attorneys Riana Durrett and Amanda Connor, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate said building a bridge for marijuana companies and banks to work together would increase the safety of the currently cash-only business.
“These are issues we need to step up and address,” said Sisolak during the event at the Enclave event venue. “The toughest problem being in this business is the uncertainty of it.”
Sisolak, chairman of the Clark County Commission, said state officials needed to have more say in determining marijuana laws, not local municipalities. He called for the establishment of a marijuana control board to assist the Nevada Department of Taxation with regulations and enforcement.
“That way there’s no ambiguity about it,” he said. “Everyone will have to play by the same rules.”
Sisolak, who stressed his intentions to move the industry forward, said proposed marijuana lounges have become a daunting task for lawmakers to get clarity on. Sisolak said launching the lounges without implementing a ride-sharing requirement could make the lounges dangerous because high customers would be on the roads after a visit. Also, a free-for-all licensing structure could oversaturate the market with owners who don’t follow the same safety standards as dispensaries.
Both Sisolak and Segerblom touched