November 2018

RECAP: The Elephant in Nevada’s Hotel Rooms: A Boyd Law School Symposium on Social Consumption of Recreational Marijuana

 Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom, Terry Johnson of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, William Moschella
NDA Executive Director Riana Durrett, Nevada Department of Taxation Director Bill Anderson, Professor Francine Lipman
The Symposium centered around the Nevada Law Journal’s most recent White Paper, entitled The Elephant in Nevada’s Hotel Rooms: Social Consumption of Recreational Marijuana, a Survey of Laws, Issues, and Solutions. The White Paper analyzes the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act and surveys the approaches of other legalizing states.

The Elephant in Nevada’s Hotel Rooms began with opening remarks from Congresswoman Dina Titus and Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael L. Douglas. District of Columbia Attorney General, Karl Racine, discussed the current state of federalism and marijuana, followed by one of the White Paper authors, Brent Resh, who discussed the findings of the White Paper. The first panel of the day discussed what legalizing states are doing to tackle the problem of public consumption, followed by a panel of General Counsel from local hotel and casino properties who discussed the implications of legalized marijuana for resort properties. The third panel featured legislators and regulators discussing how legislation may be able to fix the current problem with public consumption, and finally, the last panel, including Nevada Department of Taxation Director Bill Anderson and NDA Executive Director Riana Durrett, discussed the impact of legalized marijuana on Nevada tourism and tax.

How Well Do You Know Your Employees?

When hiring, do not rely solely on whether an employee is able to pass the background check that allows them to obtain a Registered Agent Card. This background check takes weeks, at a minimum, and is conducted only for the purpose of determining whether an employee has been convicted of limited "excluded felonies." 

Establishments should obtain their own background check. There are variety of background checks available, some of which contain more extensive information than others. One of the least expensive and easiest available can be obtained by the potential employee for only $10. The more trust the establishment places in an employee, the more extensive the background check should be. 

Read below for instructions on how employees can obtain a SCOPE to provide to potential employers: 

Potential employees MUST bring a proper, VALID (NOT EXPIRED) government-issued photo identification, such as: 

  • Any state Driver’s License or State Identification issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Military Identification
  • Passport - with valid date and Visa stamp, if applicable
  • Resident Alien Card issued by INS or a Matricula card

Identification documents that CANNOT be used and WILL NOT be accepted:   

  • School identification
  • Health cards
  • Work cards
  • Employment identification
  • Employment badges

The background check (SCOPE Record) will cost $10.00 payable by:

  • Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover)
  • Debit Card
  • Cash
  • Cashier’s check made payable to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
  • Money order made payable to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Background checks are available at area commands to the owner of the record only. For example, potential employees can only obtain a background check for themselves. Payment must be made via credit or debit card payment only; cash is not accepted. 

RECAP: Governor’s Office of Economic Development Canada Trade Mission with Nevada Delegation

The GOED and the Alberta Economic Development and Trade department successfully hosted a Nevada delegation in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in early November. The Canadian representatives and Nevada delegation discussed collaboration between Nevada companies/research institutions and Alberta companies/research institutions.

The Nevada delegation consisted of Senator Elect James Ohrenschall, Silver Sage Wellness General Manager Braly Joy, Apothecary Shoppe owner Dr. Nick Spirtos, NDA Executive Director Riana Durrett, Esq., partner at Connor & Connor PLLC Amanda Connor, Esq., and LAS Consulting's Lucy Stewart. The delegation attended a presentation by Aurora COO Allan Cleiren, Alberta Minister of Municipal Affairs Shaye Anderson, and other Alberta business owners/leaders.
Senator Elect James Ohrenschall, Alberta Minister of Municipal Affairs Shaye Anderson, NDA Executive Director Riana Durrett, Alberta Senior Trade and Investment Officer Michael Couch
Aurora Chief Operational Officer Allan Cleiren
Alberta representatives and Nevada representatives sign an agreement to cooperate in expanding trade between their two jurisdictions.
NDA Executive Director Riana Durrett, Esq., Amanda Connor, Esq., LAS Consulting's Lucy Stewart, and Sage Wellness GM Braly Joy, among other Nevada business owners and local government representatives.


Aurora Cannabis has eight licensed production facilities, five sales licenses, and operations in 18 countries. It has a funded capacity of more than 1.1 million pounds of cannabis production per annum. Aurora is the second largest cannabis company in the world by market capitalization, after Canopy Growth Corporation. The company began trading on the NYSE on October 23rd, 2018.
  • 800,000 sq. ft. cultivation facility on airport property
  • Company uses extensive automation and artificial intelligence in cultivation facility 
  • Uses Rockwool growing medium
  • Employs approximately 450
  • Edibles are not yet allowed
  • Exports to Germany and Italy
Aurora's spin-off company, Australis Capital, benefits from the same shareholders and board members as Aurora. However, unlike Aurora, Australis Capital is able to invest directly in Nevada businesses


  • Cultivation and retail privately owned
  • Cultivation sells to government wholesale tier at a negotiated price
  • Government sells to retail at a fixed price

RECAP: 1st Annual Robbery Prevention Symposium, Presented by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

The symposium began with an invocation and welcome from Captain Harry Fagel, followed by a video on prevention. Special guest Steve Angelo spoke on dealing with hostage situations.
Groups were broken down into Banks/Armored Trucks; Dispensary’s/Pawn Shops; and Convenience Stores, led by detectives from the LVMPD Robbery Section. Group meetings were followed by a final discussion and Q&A period.

Click to view the September 2018 California Retail Sales Report and the Colorado Retail Sales Report.

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