It’s been less than three years since Nevada lawmakers put in place regulations allowing for the legal growth and sale of medical marijuana, and the budding industry has done more than just widely expand its customer base — it’s also become a player in the world of Nevada campaign finance.
Marijuana dispensaries, owners and growers gave $75,000 to legislators during the 2016 election cycle, with nearly half of the donations — $31,550 — going to Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom, who in 2013 authored a bill establishing regulatory framework for medical marijuana dispensaries and is one of the industry’s biggest advocates.
While the industry isn’t as large a player as gaming, mining or other traditional heavyweight industries, the still sizable donations come as the industry enters a session with many marijuana topics on the agenda, ranging from a proposed tax on retail sales to how the state plans to regulate recreational marijuana.
Underscoring all marijuana issues is a concern by both the industry and lawmakers that the new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will take a much tougher stance on the industry, given that it remains illegal under federal law.
The industry mostly gave to Democrats ($60,500) with some Republicans also receiving donations ($4,000). The Nevada Senate Democratic caucus received $11,000 from businesses connected with the marijuana industry. Below, we’ve listed out all donations from the marijuana industry to individual lawmakers during the 2016 campaign cycle. [Read more at the Nevada Independent]