Nevada committee doubles down on pot-casino divide

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The Gaming Policy Committee doubled down on the divide between casinos and the marijuana industry Tuesday, with one exception that could allow limited business between the two highly regulated industries.

For the foreseeable future, it will still be illegal to possess and consume marijuana in any casino. However, the gaming industry is keeping the door open for some cannabis conventions as long as there is no pot on casino property.

“The reality is until the feds decide what they’re going to do, we can’t have marijuana in the hotels. We need to figure out how to do business,” said Nevada State Sen. Tick Segerblom.

Las Vegas visitors still have no legal place to use marijuana since progress on proposed pot lounges is at a legislative standstill.

Governor Brian Sandoval opposes any sort of public pot consumption lounge.

“I’ve made it very public and clear about my position with regard to pot lounges. If lawmakers want to debate it, let them do it but there’ll be a new governor – if they pass it – who will have to decide whether to sign it or not,” said Sandoval.

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Last month, the City of Berkeley, Calif., voted to become a “marijuana sanctuary” – meaning they won’t help the feds if they decide to raid legitimate marijuana businesses.

However, some local lawmakers think Nevada should follow suit to further protect the budding industry.

“I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that if you come here and use our products -- because we're taxing it and using it for our schools, that you're safe. We're not going to work with the feds to put you in jail. We're going to protect our industry too because there are hundreds of millions of dollars invested,” said Segerblom.

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