Smoking Weed In Nevada Casinos? Regulators Say ‘No’

medicalmarijuana November 22, 2016 Comments Off on Smoking Weed In Nevada Casinos? Regulators Say ‘No’
Smoking Weed In Nevada Casinos? Regulators Say ‘No’

Nevada voters passed Question 2 earlier this month, which allowed for adults in the state to legally carry up to an ounce of marijuana. As a result, Nevada casinos are currently trying to figure out how to tackle the legalization of recreational marijuana use.

As everyone knows, you can drink and smoke cigarettes in Las Vegas casinos.

The $11 billion a year Nevada gaming industry is obviously of top concern to state officials. Members of the Nevada Gaming Commission and Nevada Gaming Control Board have begun looking at the matter more closely, according to a report from the Las Vegas Sun.

The fact that marijuana is still prohibited at the federal level means that it won’t be allowed in Nevada casinos anytime soon. The newly appointed U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has a history of being opposed to weed.

Nevada Gaming Commission Chairman Tony Alamo was quoted as saying, “In no way do I feel comfortable in my role as regulator to allow a licensee to permit a felonious act to occur anywhere in their property.”

Commissioner Randolph Townsend agreed, saying, “Were we to take a position that would allow a federal law to be broken and not act on it, that has a great chance of inviting federal intervention.”

Regulators had basically the same position when medical marijuana became an option two years ago. They said then that they didn’t want gaming companies to invest in the pot industry.

Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett added that marijuana is “not suitable” in casinos because it’s technically a violation of federal law, even though the feds haven’t come after states for their respective pot industries.

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