Last week in marijuana legislative news, Nevada continued to debate the idea of cannabis lounges, Arkansas’ 2018 ballot measure was ruled too vague and California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed two controversial marijuana bills. Read all about these developments and more in The Fresh Toast’s Marijuana Legislative Roundup for October 16.
On Monday, the Associated Press reported that the Nevada Department of Taxation has requested an opinion from the state Attorney General as to the legality of cannabis consumption events and lounges. In September, the Nevada Legislative Counsel released a report stating that cannabis consumption at adults-only events and private venues was not prohibited under the 2016 legalization measure passed by voters.
The Legislative Counsel determined that marijuana could be consumed at venues that are closed to the public and where entry is restricted to people age 21 and older. The Counsel’s report also stated that municipal governing bodies have the authority to license businesses, lounges, and special events where marijuana may be consumed. However, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval pointed out at the time that Legislative Counsel reports are advisory in nature and do not carry the legal authority of an opinion by the Attorney General.
On Monday, the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office released a letter denying language for a proposed 2018 ballot measure on the issue of legalizing recreational cannabis. The letter argues that the language is too ambiguous to go on the ballot, expressing particular concern over limits on mature and non-mature plants. The Attorney General’s Office has denied all prior attempts at putting a legalization measure on the ballot.
On Monday, the Associated Press reported that Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed two bills that would have outlawed smoking and vaping at public parks and beaches in the state. One of the bills would have imposed a $100 fine on those caught smoking cannabis, tobacco, or electronic cigarettes at any public park or beach. Governor Brown vetoed similar legislation last year.