By Michelle Rindels, Megan Messerly and Riley Snyder
After voters authorized recreational marijuana in November, Nevada lawmakers are discussing a raft of legislation to fill in the details of the new environment.
Here are some key themes running through 23 marijuana-related bills this session, and how they overlap with one another:
- Marijuana taxation policy and ways to spend new revenue: SB181, SB302, SB341, SB379, AB463, SB487, SB508.
- Easing or eliminating punishments for marijuana use: SB228, AB259, SB329, AB345, SB351, SB374, SB378, SB396, AB422.
- Ensuring safe use of marijuana: AB135, SB166, SB277, SB329, SB344, SB378.
- Reorganizing the regulatory environment around medical and recreational marijuana: SB302, SB329, SB375, AB422.
- Marijuana research and economic development: SB236, SB329, SB341, SB396, SB416.
And here are summaries of the bills and their status in the legislative process:
SAFETY AND ABUSE PREVENTION
AB135: Driving under the influence of pot (Assembly Judiciary Committee)
Existing law set specific limits of marijuana in the blood or urine, measured in nanograms per milliliter, over which it’s illegal to drive. The bill removes specific amounts of marijuana in the urine, meaning it can only be measured through the blood. The same changes would apply to driving a commercial vehicle or a vessel.
- Heard March 3 in Assembly Judiciary Committee. [Read more at The Nevada Independent]