Governor Sisolak Appoints First Members to Cannabis Compliance Board and Names Chair

CARSON CITY, NV - February 14, 2020

Today, Governor Steve Sisolak announced the appointment of former Gaming Control Board Chair Dennis K. Neilander to the Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB), along with former Supreme Court of Nevada Chief Justice Michael L. Douglas, who was named Chair.

As authorized by Assembly Bill 533, Justice Douglas and Mr. Neilander will begin serving immediately and will be eligible for reappointment on July 1, 2021.

“Justice Douglas and Mr. Neilander make up the first two appointments to the Cannabis Compliance Board, bringing together one of the brightest legal minds in Nevada’s history and the longest-serving Chair of the highly regarded Gaming Control Board,” said Governor Sisolak. “I have the utmost confidence that these principled public servants will provide invaluable guidance and steady hands as the Cannabis Compliance Board transitions to a fully authorized enforcement body on July 1.”

During this interim, Justice Douglas and Mr. Neilander – along with CCB Executive Director Tyler Klimas – will continue laying the regulatory groundwork for the CCB and ensuring the oversight process is set up for long-term success. The remaining Board members will be named at a later date by the Governor.

Justice Michael L. Douglas was appointed to the Supreme Court of Nevada in 2004 and served as Chief Justice in 2011 and 2018. He retired from the bench in 2019. Prior to serving on the Supreme Court, he sat on the Eighth Judicial District Court bench. From 1984 to 1995, he worked for the Civil Division in the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. Justice Douglas received his B.A. from California State University, Long Beach and his J.D. from University of California, Hastings Law School.

Dennis K. Neilander is currently Of Counsel for Kaempfer Crowell where he focuses on gaming, administrative law, and government affairs. Previously, he served as Chair of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board (GCB) for 10 years, the longest service in Nevada history as Chair. As Chair, he oversaw approximately 500 employees and a $42 million budget. He also served as Chairman of the Board’s Audit Committee that was responsible for full scope compliance and revenue audits of Nevada casinos. Prior to his appointment to the GCB, Neilander was Chief of the GCB Corporate Securities Division. Previously, he served as the primary research staff attorney for the Judiciary Committees of the Nevada State Legislature. Neilander received his J.D. from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.

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