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Cannabis Policy Institute at UNLV News

The Cannabis Policy Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is dedicated to the development and advancement of cannabis research, policy, and education.

Current Cannabis Policy Institute News

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By building relationships with members of the industry and other universities, the institute's director hopes to advance funding for research.

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News highlights starring UNLV students and faculty who made local and national headlines.

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A roundup of recent developments at UNLV.

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A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s dedication to community and research.

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Business and Community |

Institute, led by industry expert Riana Durrett, will drive public policy surrounding cannabis legalization and explore related implications for medicine, research, and business. 

Cannabis Policy Institute In The News

The Biden Administration took steps toward decriminalizing marijuana two weeks ago when the Drug Enforcement Agency announced its intent to reclassify the drug from a Schedule I controlled substance to a Schedule III.

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In Nevada, the first recreational marijuana dispensaries opened in July 2017. The budding business boomed and now there are 698 operational licenses across the state. However, it hasn’t been the financial windfall the cannabis industry was expecting. Easing the federal restrictions on marijuana by reclassifying it could assist businesses that said the federal tax is too much of a burden to thrive.

Las Vegas Sun

Leaders in Nevada’s multimillion-dollar legal cannabis industry are welcoming news that the Biden administration is working to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug, but they say the devil will be in the details.

Las Vegas Review Journal

Nevada cannabis businesses and consumers could likely enjoy lower costs under a federal proposal to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug, according to state cannabis experts.

Marijuana Moment

A Democratic senator has introduced a bill to create federal incentives for states, localities and Indian tribes that expunge low-level marijuana records—an equity-focused reform proposal that leadership has repeatedly discussed attaching to bipartisan cannabis banking legislation that’s pending floor action.

Nevada Independent

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) introduced a bill today to create a federal grant program to fund the expunging or sealing of state-level cannabis offenses — using federal dollars to achieve a goal of legislative Democrats who passed a similar bill in 2023 but were stymied by Gov. Joe Lombardo's (R) veto pen.

Recent Cannabis Policy Institute Accomplishments

The April edition of Nevada Lawyer Magazine, published by the State Bar of Nevada, features an article by Riana Durrett (Cannabis Policy Institute) on cannabis rescheduling. The article, which reviews banking and tax questions in relation to possible cannabis rescheduling, also gives an overview of the history of cannabis legalization in the…
The Cannabis Policy Institute held a "State of the Industry" panel discussion, the first event in its Cannabis Speaker Series, on March 5, 2024 at the William S. Boyd School of Law's Thomas & Mack Moot Courtroom. The discussion, moderated by Jardín Cannabis Dispensary Chief of Staff Marc Hauser, included a panel of experts: Robin Goldstein,…