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Nevada Commission Says Casinos Can Have No Business Dealings with Marijuana Companies

As the debate over the relationship between casinos and marijuana businesses in Nevada continues, it appears the state still wants to keep them as separate as possible.

The Nevada Gaming Policy Committee said that it recommends that marijuana companies and casinos continue to have no business dealings. The only time they could interact is if a marijuana convention wanted to host their event at a casino, and even then they would be barred from bringing any of their products into the venue. But other than that, casinos would be barred from entering into any other business contracts with cannabis companies.

Technically, the committee doesn't have any actual power to enforce these rules. The committee is made up of 12 people appointed by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, but it includes people in the casino industry as well as state politicians, so it clearly holds some sway. But ultimately, the state has a separate regulatory board that would make a decision on the issue. 

The committee didn't address other aspects related to casinos and marijuana. There's the possibility that huge numbers of tourists will begin coming to Nevada to purchase legal cannabis, but will not be able to use those products in casino hotels. Another issue is how casinos should handle employees who use legal marijuana products when they're not working.

The relationship between the gaming and marijuana industry in Nevada has been a hot topic ever since the state legalized marijuana in 2016. And while various committees and commissions have continued to recommend they stay separate, time will only tell if that's actually possible.

(h/t Las Vegas Review-Journal)


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