Nevada LegislatureSocial Justice

Filling the Pothole: Nevada Gears up for Recreational Marijuana Sales

This Saturday, the State of Nevada will begin allowing sales of recreational marijuana. After voters passed Question 2 to legalize it, the state moved quickly to put the regulatory and tax infrastructure in place. But in the eleventh hour, a district court ruling threatened to leave it all up in smoke. How did the state overcome this final legal hurdle, and what lies ahead in this brave new world of legal pot? (more…)

Nevada LegislatureSocial Justice

Republican Walkout Triggers Budget Showdown in Final Days of Legislative Session

The Nevada Legislature was supposed to move forward with the one big tax proposal of this session. Instead, the marijuana excise tax Governor Brian Sandoval (R) proposed was defeated by the Senators from his own party. As a result, the public education budget, including vouchers, is undergoing major changes. The marijuana excise tax was the highlight of Sandoval’s State of the State address. And yet, Senate Republicans vote against Sandoval’s marijuana tax. Why did they? And what happens now? (more…)