New Jersey lawmakers visit Las Vegas to learn about marijuana industry

New Jersey lawmakers visit Las Vegas to learn about marijuana industry (Nathan O'Neal | KSNV)

Nevada is helping other states learn about the do’s and don’ts of legal marijuana.

A delegation of New Jersey lawmakers conducted a fact-finding mission in Las Vegas this week to learn about Nevada’s thriving marijuana business.

“This is not a nickel and dime operation. These are multi-million dollar operations,” said Nevada State Sen. Tick Segerblom, who is often referred to as Nevada’s godfather of weed.

In 2013, Segerblom led a group of Nevada lawmakers to Arizona for a similar fact-finding mission.

On Friday, Segerblom met with several New Jersey lawmakers at a marijuana cultivation center in North Las Vegas.

New Jersey’s governor has signaled the state is ready to steamroll ahead with a plan to legalize marijuana.

“I think this is a great thing for Nevada to show the world how great we are – like gaming, we’ll be the gold standard as what people look to,” said Segerblom.

For many of the New Jersey delegation, the visit gave them their first experience to see state-sponsored cannabis cultivation facilities and dispensaries.

“We want to be able to go back, educate some of my colleagues and some of the residents about the pros and cons that we hear about cannabis,” said New Jersey Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly.

It was also an opportunity to explore the challenge in balancing a state that has legal gaming and marijuana, which is still considered illegal by the feds.

The New Jersey delegation also met with local law enforcement and business owners to get a full picture of the industry from seed to sale.

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