Legal Marijuana Is Helping Nevada’s Economy Go Green, Governor Says (Op-Ed)

Legal Marijuana Is Helping Nevada’s Economy Go Green, Governor Says (Op-Ed)
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“Cannabis isn’t only a tourism boon—it’s a revenue creator, a way to diversify our economy, and a tool to invest in our essential services.” By Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) What happens in Nevada stays in Nevada; but when it comes to the lessons learned while growing the cannabis industry, it shouldn’t. In fact, other states should be taking notes. In Nevada, we’ve prioritized innovative policies to expand the cannabis industry while prioritizing social equity, protecting Nevadans and diversifying our economy. Thanks to these steps, the Silver State is now positioned to become the national leader in the cannabis industry and the model case-study for other states. In other words, cannabis has the potential to set Nevada’s economy ablaze. As one of the top tourist destinations in the nation, it’s no surprise that cannabis consumption is a major attraction and revenue generator in Nevada. Although Nevada voters legalized recreational cannabis years ago, tourists—who were allowed to consume products—had no place to do so legally. We recognized that problem and addressed it by puff puff passing legislation to legalize consumption lounges in 2021. Let’s be blunt—this idea isn’t new, but no one is doing it like we are in Nevada. Whereas consumption lounges in other states like Illinois and California have been bogged down by local regulations, costs of compliance, and BYOB(ud) policies that have stunted the industry, Nevada is setting our lounges up for success. Additionally, while most of the consumption lounges in other states don’t offer food, beverages or other entertainment options, Nevada’s lounges will be a one-stop entertainment shop to create jobs, grow the industry and boost our economy. Cannabis isn’t only a tourism boon—it’s a revenue creator, a way to diversify our economy, and a tool to invest in our essential services. In FY 2021, taxable cannabis…

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