Cannabis

A worker trimming a cannabis plant at a cultivation facility.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Starting this month, Nevada’s new Cannabis Compliance Board will take over regulatory authority of the state’s growing marijuana industry from the Department of Taxation. Originally proposed by Gov. Steve Sisolak last year, the new agency is now tasked, in part, with inspecting cultivation facilities, testing cannabis products and determining who can grow and sell cannabis in the state. KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Tyler Klimas, executive director of the board, to better understand what that transition means for Nevada.

The Plight Of Nevada’s Cannabis Businesses

May 4, 2020
Hundreds of cannabis plants in a grow room
Courtesy of NuLeaf

Even though Nevada cannabis companies have been deemed essential businesses and continue limited operations, due to the federal prohibition on marijuana, none of the companies are eligible for federal small business relief. Our contributor Brian Bahouth with the Sierra Nevada Ally reports that some companies may not make it without a lifeline, even with the recent allowance of curbside pickup.

A man prunes a marijuana plant at a cannabis growing center.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Nevada has brought in close to $200 million from recreational cannabis sales over the last three years. While it may seem the industry has become more mainstream across the state, there are still questions about its future. KUNR's Paul Boger spoke to The Nevada Independent's Michelle Rindels, who recently wrote a series diving into the state's legal weed market.

The Eastern Shoshone in Wyoming is considering legalizing medical marijuana and hemp production.

Cannabis plants under green light.
Vera Samburova/DRI

The same chemicals that give cannabis its distinct smell may be contributing to air pollution and affecting human health. Recent tests of four cannabis grow facilities in Nevada and California found that the plants naturally release compounds that, when they accumulate in the air, create smog.

Hemp plants growing out of dirt.
Nevada Department of Agriculture

CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, can be found in the cannabis plant. Products containing CBD are easily accessible, but regulations remain unclear on selling these products in Washoe County. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck talked to ThisisReno’s Bob Conrad about this issue.

Michelle Matus / KUNR

Bipartisan legislation making its way through Congress would give legal cannabis companies access to the federal banking system. This week a majority of attorneys general from around the U.S. signed a letter supporting the so-called SAFE Banking Act, including in Colorado, Utah, Nevada and New Mexico.

 

A close-up image of a marijuana plant.
ThisisReno

Outgoing Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval wants to move a percentage of marijuana tax dollars to fund education-related programs. To learn more, KUNR News Director Michelle Billman spoke with Bob Conrad of ThisisReno about Sandoval's budget recommendations for the state.

Marijuana taxes generated more than $8 million in August, setting another monthly record in Nevada. KUNR contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View has the details. 

Alexa Ard

Commercial cannabis delivery in Truckee has moved one step closer to reality. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly has the story.

Paul Boger

A vast majority of Nevada's cannabis dispensaries are concentrated in either Clark or Washoe Counties. There's also a handful in Fallon, Carson City and Pahrump– as well as a few others on tribal land, but cannabis retailers have yet to open a shop in most of rural Nevada.

Kaleb Roedel

MedMen, a Los Angeles-based cannabis company, has opened up its $15 million marijuana factory near Reno. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly has the story.

Alexa Ard

Cannabis industry workers are urging the city council of South Lake Tahoe to allow "microbusinesses." It's a model some are describing as the "craft breweries of cannabis." Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly has the details.

Nev. Sales Tax Revenues Up, Partly Thanks To Pot

Mar 7, 2018
Michelle Matus

 

Sales tax revenues in Nevada are up, partly thanks to recreational pot. We sat down with Bill Anderson, executive director of the Nevada Department of Taxation, to break it all down.

So, the latest revenue numbers are in, and December marked the 90th straight month the state has seen growth in sales tax revenues. What does that mean, both for the state and for its general fund?

Paul Boger

 

This week, Nevada regulators approved the final set of rules that will govern the state’s recreational cannabis industry. The regulations come after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced that the Justice Department has rescinded a set of internal memos that allowed states to create and regulate cannabis themselves. But as Reno Public Radio’s Paul Boger reports, despite the uncertainty, Nevada’s newest commodity continues to grow across the state.

 

ThisisReno.com

The City of Reno is exploring new rules for cannabis facilities in order to address the issue of nuisance odors. Our News Director Michelle Billman spoke with Bob Conrad of ThisisReno to learn more.

It’s an attempt to get regulations in place when they become permanent, said City Code Enforcement Manager Alex Woodley. “(The ordinances will) replicate what Las Vegas passed.”

Recreational marijuana dispensaries around Nevada raked in an estimated $3-5 million in sales over the recent Independence Day weekend. But less than two weeks after kicking off, retailers are running out of stock.

Noah Glick

Recreational marijuana sales officially kicked off July 1 in Nevada. But what exactly does a retail cannabis brand look like?

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick explores that question.

Paul Boger

As of midnight on Saturday, Nevada became the 5th state in the nation to allow the sale of cannabis for recreational use.

Michelle Matus

A district court judge in Carson City has granted a preliminary injunction that prohibits the state of Nevada from issuing distribution licenses for recreational pot to anyone other than wholesale alcohol distributors.

The ruling could impact the start date for retail cannabis sales, which were set to begin on July first.

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