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Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board Takes Control of State's Marijuana Industry

By Leo Bear-McGuinness

Published: Jul 03, 2020   
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The Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB) has become the official regulator of the state’s cannabis industry.

Taking control from July 1, the CCB will regulate the licensing and operations of the state’s cannabis companies.

Marijuana in Nevada

“Nevada’s first ever Cannabis Compliance Board will play a vital role in both supporting the industry and holding it to the highest standards,” Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak said in a recent statement.

“It has always been my goal to establish an agency to regulate the state’s thriving cannabis industry with transparency and sound judgement. I am confident the CCB is well-positioned to do just that.”

Sisolak effectively created the CCB when he signed a state cannabis act last June. 

In the act’s summary, the purview of the CCB is said to include establishing cannabis delivery requirements, prohibiting local government from licensing businesses that allow consumption of cannabis on the premises, and providing penalties for businesses that transgress from regulations.

On February 14 of this year, Governor Sisolak appointed Nevada’s former supreme court justice chief justice, Michael Douglas, as the CCB’s chairman. The state’s former Gambling Control Board chairman, Dennis Neilander, and Las Vegas-based banker Jerrie Merritt were also appointed to the board earlier this year.

“I am pleased with the direction that oversight of the cannabis industry is headed in Nevada,” Douglas said in a statement.

“There is a lot of work ahead of us and this board will allow for the flexibility to address issues most pertinent to the regulation of the industry.”

It’s understood that Sisolak intends to fill the two remaining board positions with “a medical professional” and an individual “with special knowledge and experience in the cannabis industry.”

The CCB’s inaugural board meeting will be held on July 21.

Nevada legalized medical cannabis use in 2001, and recreational use in 2017.


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