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Legal Cannabis in Washoe County, Nevada: an interview with County Commissioner Cat Jung

By Brian Bahouth
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” https://twitter.com/CRNeditor” target=” _ blank” rel=” noopener” > @CRNeditor The Washoe County Board of Commissioners is made up of four Republicans and one Democrat, Kitty Jung. Jung has actually been on the board because 2007 and is understood for her environmental awareness, focus on problems of economic justice and more than any other Washoe County Commissioner, her understanding of medical and adult use marijuana policy.

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Cat Jung spoke to Brian Bahouth … listen to this audio interview … 14:14 …

http://www.marijuanapublicmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/kitty_jung_final_web.mp3 Nevada citizens authorized the state’s medical cannabis program in 2000, and when the

time concerned regulate medical cannabis dispensaries in 2014, Commissioner Jung sponsored and championed the expense that carried out the codes and regulations to accommodate medical marijuana businesses in the county.” Marijuana is far less damaging to society and to health than alcohol or tobacco products

,” Jung said.” So as a public law matter, it is among my least issues frankly, but what concerns me the most are the compulsory minimums.” For Jung, the concept of criminalizing the activity of self-medication is bad public law.”

For whatever factor people imbibe, everybody imbibes something, shopping addiction, sex addiction, internet

dependency. Everybody’s an addict. Everybody had a traumatic experience at least as soon as in their youth or adulthood, no matter how best your parents were or your situations, and I believe we do better to openly fund mental health and the treatment of that, than chasing after petty wrongdoers.” The Washoe County Board of Commissioners When negotiating where medical cannabis dispensaries would be located, inning accordance with Commissioner Jung other commissioners gave in to constituents who did not desire a medical marijuana dispensary in their districts. There is now one dispensary in Slope Village near Lake Tahoe in the District of Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler, and there are 2 discreet, newly renovated dispensaries on either side of Sun Valley Boulevard in Cat Jung’s district, Kanna and Reef.” I do not have an issue with it,” Jung said.” My district, no one complained at all, but here ‘s the offer

. I want to construct a wall around those loan and funds, the real estate tax, the sales tax, and any excise tax, that’s remaining in my community, my district. We’re not throwing that in the General Fund.” The Reef dispensary on Sun Valley Boulevard is among 2 medical cannabis retail outlets within a mile of each other in Commissioner Jung’s District 3. Commissioner Jung explained a manufactured hysteria about legal marijuana in some neighborhoods and discussed that

it has taken some time for her coworkers on the County Commission to learn about cannabis. “Some of my commissioners needed to be educated, “Jung said.” They were ignorant, however not in the unfavorable sense of the term, but they just didn’t

comprehend. It was VooDoo to them practically. And now, I indicate, it’s amusing since when this all first begun happening, I believe a lot people were laughing and making jokes to simply get okay with it, and I would state certainly now, they’re informed. Now some of them will fight for their constituents to not have a dispensary in their area, however we overthrew them, and I have the elect that due to the fact that everybody must share the wealth, and I do suggest wealth.” And though Jung sees financial chance for the community and the county government in marijuana, she is scrupulous when it pertains to cannabis taxation and that marijuana tax is not an endless well.” We know there’s a sweet area right. Colorado certainly demonstrated that for us … due to the fact that if we make it so expensive just the elite can afford it, we’re going back to the streets.

Kanna is among 2 medical marijuana dispensaries in Cat Jung’s District 3– Brian Bahouth However offered the correct amount of tax, what financial impact will legal marijuana have on the region.” It( marijuana) has a significant financial impact. And we’re not simply discussing taxes and charges. There is such a down chain for that. Individuals who supply the pesticides and herbicides needed for the grow … the people that supply the containers to put the product in. It’s so big, it’s difficult to obtain your arms around it. “The ultra-secure facility and bonding requirements to open a dispensary or grow or processing center in Nevada are considerable and prohibitive for a mommy and pop or” store” cannabis company, so we asked Commissioner Jung if she thinks there is an

instant future for small, artisan cannabis organisations in northern Nevada.” No, And you know why, since it’s managed. I really see it being taken over by big pharma or the alcohol market.” Not for a while. And I believe that’s better to be a little more cautious. Once again, we’re developing the trust and the culture of people

who are not acculturated to this. Early Start Following the passage of Ballot Question 2 last November, the Nevada Department of Taxation has up until January 1, 2018 to implement final guidelines for the licensing and tax of adult usage cannabis businesses of all variety, but during this period when it is legal for an adult in Nevada

to have and utilize

cannabis yet there is no location for them to lawfully buy cannabis unless they’re a medical marijuana patient; so the Department of Taxation has actually embraced short-term regulations that would make it possible for the state’s medical cannabis dispensaries to apply and open to the general adult public on July 1 in an effort to avoid the formation of unlawful markets and to gather tax. A district judge has actually put a hold on the launch of early start, however the state has requested the injunction be lifted and early start to continue. However the court battle shakes out, Commissioner Jung says the dispensaries in her district are prepared for early start. “I’m sure that individuals who are all set to pull the trigger on July 1 have some differences on how they’re going to manage it. I still believe it’s going to be quiet. I’m sure you’ve been in a dispensary, it’s peaceful, it’s clean … it’s nearly like a physician’s office, so I’m sure it’s not going to be rowdy and outrageous for the time being.” With time, the legal marijuana markets in Colorado and Washington state have grown and gradually grown, and marijuana has become a far more commonly readily available and stabilized substance in those states, so when asked to look five or 10 years down the roadway in Nevada and describe the place of marijuana in northern Nevada, Commissioner Jung said cannabis will be as extensively offered as any legal substance.”

It’ll be absolutely nothing. It’ll be at every alcohol store, every Seven-Eleven. It will be adults doing grownup things when they decide to change their state of consciousness … people are forced to change their consciousness. There is even argument that there is a gene in you for that … I think that the more that we become informed and a little bit more humanitarian than militant, you will see more Progressive laws, habits, and democracy than in the past. It’s just advancement.”

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