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Several marijuana bills pass Nevada Senate committee

Updated April 12, 2017 - 6:30 pm

CARSON CITY Lounges, massages and brownie packaging were among the plethora of marijuana bills that took the first major step towards becoming law by passing the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday.

Here is a summary of the bills:

SB236

What it would do: Allow local governments to permit marijuana lounges and other marijuana consumption licenses. In concept, this could allow special events like Electric Daisy Carnival or other concerts to allow marijuana consumption if approved by the local governments.

Amendments: Changed the allowable distance of a marijuana consumption permit to 300 feet from a community facility, from 1,000 feet.

Vote: 4-3 (party lines, with all Republicans opposed).

SB277

What it would do: Allow the Division of Public and Behavioral Health, which regulates the medical marijuana program, to share patient registry information with the Department of Parole and Probation.

Amendments: none

Vote: 7-0.

SB344

What it would do: This bill would place several limits on edible marijuana products, including setting a THC per-serving limit and prohibit companies from making, selling or using any advertising that would appeal to children (no mascots, cartoon characters, toys, etc.). Also would require edible packaging to be opaque.

Amendments: Lowered the proposed THC limit on edible serving sizes from 25 to 10 milligrams.

Vote: 7-0.

SB374

What it would do: Prevent professional licensing boards, such as for barbers or masseuses, from disciplining members who use marijuana.

Amendments: Would add opioid addiction to the list of conditions that would qualify a person for a medical marijuana card and allow for marijuana-infused massages.

Vote: 4-3 (party lines, with all Republicans opposed).

SB375

What it would do: Allow the state and Nevada Native American Tribes to enter into marijuana cooperation agreements, where the tribes could oversee the programs on tribal lands but would have to follow state laws.

Amendments: One logistical change that moves it to a different section of the Nevada Revised Statutes.

Vote: 7-0.

SB329, which would make a host of changes to medical marijuana laws, was referred to the Finance Committee. The move exempts the bill from a coming Friday deadline for clearing the original committee.

Contact Colton Lochhead at clochhead@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-4638. Follow @ColtonLochhead on Twitter.

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