State of Nevada Executive Order - Executive Department

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2017-13 

ORDER RE-CONVENING THE NEVADA GAMING POLICY COMMITTEE

WHEREAS, the continued success and growth of the gaming industry is essential to the economy of Nevada, and Nevada has led the nation and the world in developing and maintaining the best policies and practices involving the regulation of the gaming industry;
WHEREAS, in 2017, the Nevada State Legislature, acting pursuant to direction by the People of the State of Nevada, declared the recreational use of marijuana to be legal for persons 21 years of age and older and established a regulatory framework for the cultivation and sale of marijuana;
WHEREAS, the possession and consumption of marijuana remains illegal under federal law;
WHEREAS, the Nevada Gaming Control Act and Gaming Commission Regulations require strict compliance with both state and federal law; potential questions exist regarding the propriety of certain relationships between the marijuana industry and gaming licensees;
WHEREAS, Nevada has a vital interest in ensuring that it remains a leader in the best policies, practices, and regulations in a legal landscape that is changing with respect to the marijuana industry;
WHEREAS, Nevada Revised Statutes 463.012(5) provides that "the Governor may call meetings of the Gaming Policy Committee for the exclusive purpose of discussing matters of gaming policy"; and
WHEREAS, Article 5, Section 1 of the Nevada Constitution provides: "The supreme executive power of this State, shall be vested in a Chief Magistrate who shall be Governor of the State of Nevada."
NOW, THEREFORE, by the authority vested in me as Governor by the Constitution and laws of the State of Nevada and the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:
  1. The Nevada Gaming Policy Committee (the Committee) shall re-convene no later than December 15, 2017, and shall meet as necessary thereafter in the discretion of the Chair.
  2. The Committee shall gather information, engage in discussion, and provide recommendations on what is the best policy for Nevada's gaming future on the following matters:
    1. The propriety of events on the premise of a licensed gaming establishment that cater to or promote the use, sale and cultivation or distribution of marijuana;
    2. The propriety of a licensee contracting with or maintaining a business relationship with an individual or entity engaged in the sale, cultivation or distribution of marijuana;
    3. The propriety of a licensee receiving financing from or providing financing to an individual, entity or establishment that sells, cultivates, or distributes marijuana; and
    4. Any other matter as directed and determined necessary by the Chair.
  3. The Committee shall deliver a report of its discussions, findings, and recommendations to the Governor, the Nevada Gaming Commission, and the Nevada Gaming Control Board on or before June 15, 2018.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 19th day of  September, in the year two thousand  seventeen.

Official Nevada State Seal          Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval, Barbara Cegaske & Scott Anderson