The Nevada Marijuana Council (NMC) met today at the William S. Boyd School of Law in the Thomas and Mack Moot Court Facility.
Senator Tick Segerblom was the first to comment on the long-term goals and progress being made regarding medical marijuana in Nevada. Senator Segerblom is a long-term advocate of medical marijuana in Nevada. The Senator started things off with getting a laugh by commenting that most of the people attending the meeting were Republicans…because they are rich and want to be richer.
Riana Durrett, President of the Nevada Marijuana Council, next provided an overview of the NMC’s timeline through the 2017 legislative session.
Presentation were then given by several different NMC committees on proposals for Bill Draft Requests.
- Adult Use Committee
- Laboratories/Cultivation/Production Committee
- MME Owner Committee
- Banking Committee
- Patient Committee
The Adult Use Committee had a lively discussion about the illegal deliverers and providers that are advertising on Weed Maps and other websites. It was discussed and debated how to handle this. If harsher felony penalties need to be implemented and enforced or if this should be a high dollar amount civil penalty.
The Dispensary Committee presentation included information regarding testing for patients that grow their own medical marijuana. By law the licensed Nevada testing labs cannot test patient’s cannabis. Also discussed was child resistant packaging. The Division has changed the requirements. These need to be defined standards in NRS — clear, consistent standards. Some thought this should be a patient’s choice on whether they receive child-proof packaging or not.
Tisha Black, of the Banking Committee spoke of the ongoing problems with banking. MMEs need ACH capabilities and to be able to fully operate as any other business.
Nevada Marijuana Council Patient Committee
The Patient Committee had recommendations regarding senior citizens, veterans, and the terminally ill. They would like medical marijuana cards to last longer than the current one year. Their recommendation was for veteran cards to be good for three years.
At the end of 2015 there were 13,500 medical marijuana patients approved by the State of Nevada. That number will grow significantly in the future. It is mandatory that the Nevada process for obtaining medical marijuana cards be streamlined to take a much shorter time than the current approximate two months to receive the card.
Andrew Jolley, owner of the Source Medical Marijuana and board member of the Nevada Dispensary Association, spoke of the Arizona process to receive medical marijuana laws. By law in can only take 10 days to receive the MM card.
The current laws about patient growing was discussed and how their rights to grow will expire in 2018.
The entire meeting was streamed on Twitter and can be seen here.