Nevada Governor names 19 Members for Marijuana Task Force

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on March 07, 2017.

Amid the uncertainty of whether the federal government will crack down on the marijuana legalization, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval on Friday appointed as many as nineteen people to the Governor's Task Force on the Implementation of Question 2, the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act in the state.

The Task Force comprises members representing law enforcement and the medical marijuana industry, as well as health officials, lawmakers and local government officials. Deonne Contine, director of the Nevada Department of Taxation, has been named as the chairperson of the Task force, while Chuck Callaway of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has been appointed as the Vice Chairman.

The panel has three months to look into various aspects of recreational marijuana. Those include regulations of marijuana sales, cultivation, production and manufacturing; storage and transportation of marijuana products; how police should deal with public consumption and how the state plans to keep the products away from children; taxation, consumer safety and education relating to marijuana.

The Task Force will further break into working groups to tackle the key areas. Each group will be headed by task force members and will also consist of members of the public who wish to participate in the process. Group members will be chosen and assigned the week of March 6, and those groups will begin work on March 20.

“While there is speculation that the federal government might change its current marijuana enforcement practice, we must move forward based on the timeline of the voter-approved initiative and enforcement standards that exist today. My charge to the Task Force is to work together to make sure Nevada’s market for recreational marijuana is responsible, restricted, and respected”, Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement.

Last November, Naveda voters passed Question 2, which legalized marijuana for recreational purpose. The state now plans to allow a limited, temporary roll-out of recreational marijuana sales starting July 1.

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, and the administration of President Donald Trump has indicated that it might crack down on recreational marijuana.

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