[Rev. 12/21/2019 3:12:50 PM--2019]

TITLE 56 - REGULATION OF CANNABIS

CHAPTER 678A - ADMINISTRATION OF LAWS RELATING TO CANNABIS

GENERAL PROVISIONS

NRS 678A.005        Legislative findings and declarations. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.010        Definitions. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.020        “Administer” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.025        “Adult-use cannabis cultivation facility” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.030        “Adult-use cannabis distributor” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.035        “Adult-use cannabis establishment” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.040        “Adult-use cannabis establishment license” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.045        “Adult-use cannabis independent testing laboratory” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.050        “Adult-use cannabis-infused product” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.055        “Adult-use cannabis product” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.060        “Adult-use cannabis production facility” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.065        “Adult-use cannabis retail store” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.070        “Adult-use edible cannabis product” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.075        “Adult use of cannabis” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.080        “Board” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.085        “Cannabis” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.090        “Cannabis cultivation facility” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.095        “Cannabis establishment” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.100        “Cannabis establishment agent” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.105        “Cannabis establishment agent registration card” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.110        “Cannabis establishment agent registration card for a cannabis executive” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.115        “Cannabis independent testing laboratory” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.120        “Cannabis product” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.125        “Cannabis production facility” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.130        “Cannabis sales facility” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.135        “Commission” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.140        “Deliver” or “delivery” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.145        “Dual licensee” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.150        “Electronic verification system” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.155        “Executive Director” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.160        “License” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.165        “Licensee” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.170        “Medical cannabis cultivation facility” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.175        “Medical cannabis dispensary” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.180        “Medical cannabis establishment” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.185        “Medical cannabis establishment license” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.190        “Medical cannabis independent testing laboratory” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.195        “Medical cannabis-infused product” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.200        “Medical cannabis product” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.205        “Medical cannabis production facility” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.210        “Medical edible cannabis product” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.215        “Medical use of cannabis” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.220        “Paraphernalia” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.225        “Production” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.230        “Registrant” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.235        “Registration card” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.240        “THC” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

CANNABIS ADVISORY COMMISSION

NRS 678A.300        Creation; composition; terms; vacancies; salaries; meetings; staff. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.310        Duties; subcommittees. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

CANNABIS COMPLIANCE BOARD

NRS 678A.350        Creation; number of members. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.360        Members: Qualifications and eligibility. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.370        Members: Term; Chair; removal. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.380        Members: Certain political activities and financial interests prohibited; oaths. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.390        Members: Salaries. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.400        Employment of consultants. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.410        Meetings; quorum. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.420        Executive Director: Appointment; duties; other employment prohibited; salary. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.430        Organization; administrative expenses; employees; plan concerning employees. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.440        Board: General powers. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.450        Board: Regulations. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.460        Regulations: Procedure for adoption, amendment and repeal. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.470        Records of Board; confidentiality of certain information. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.480        Audits of licensees; standards for audits; annual report. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

NRS 678A.500        Filing and review of complaints; authority of Executive Director to retain Attorney General to investigate complaints. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.510        Investigation of complaint by Attorney General; recommendation to Executive Director; action by Board. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.520        Contents and service of complaint; answer; effect of failure to answer or appear; notice of hearing. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.530        Hearings: Subpoenas; payment of fees, subsistence and transportation for witness; deposition. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.540        Hearings: Procedure; use of affidavit. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.550        Hearings: Members present; reporting of proceedings. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.560        Hearings: Limitations on communications. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.570        Hearings: Amended or supplemental pleadings. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.580        Hearings: Contempt. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.590        Hearings: Written decision and order of Board; rehearings. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.600        Penalties. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.610        Judicial review: Petition; intervention; stay of enforcement. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.620        Judicial review: Record on review. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.630        Judicial review: Additional evidence taken by Board; review confined to record; court may affirm, remand or reverse. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

NRS 678A.640        Judicial review: Appeal to appellate court; exclusive method of review for disciplinary hearings; certain actions not subject to judicial review. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

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GENERAL PROVISIONS

      NRS 678A.005  Legislative findings and declarations. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  The Legislature hereby finds, and declares to be the public policy of this State, that:

      1.  The cannabis industry is beneficial to the economy of the State and the general welfare of its residents.

      2.  The continued growth and success of the cannabis industry is dependent upon public confidence and trust that:

      (a) Residents who suffer from chronic or debilitating medical conditions will be able to obtain medical cannabis safely and conveniently;

      (b) Residents who choose to engage in the adult use of cannabis may also obtain adult-use cannabis in a safe and efficient manner;

      (c) Cannabis establishments do not unduly impact the quality of life enjoyed by residents of the surrounding neighborhoods;

      (d) Cannabis licenses and registration cards are issued in a fair and equitable manner;

      (e) The holders of cannabis licenses and registration cards are representative of their communities; and

      (f) The cannabis industry is free from criminal and corruptive elements.

      3.  Public confidence and trust can only be maintained by strict regulation of all persons, locations, practices, associations and activities related to the operation of cannabis establishments.

      4.  All cannabis establishments and cannabis establishment agents must therefore be licensed, controlled and assisted to protect the public health, safety, morals, good order and general welfare of the inhabitants of the State, to foster the stability and success of the cannabis industry and to preserve the competitive economy and policies of free competition of the State of Nevada.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3769, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.010  Definitions. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  As used in this title, unless the context otherwise requires, the words and terms defined in NRS 678A.020 to 678A.240, inclusive, have the meanings ascribed to them in those sections.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3770, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.020  “Administer” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Administer” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 453.021.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3770, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.025  “Adult-use cannabis cultivation facility” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Adult-use cannabis cultivation facility” means a business that:

      1.  Is licensed by the Board pursuant to NRS 678B.250; and

      2.  Acquires, possesses, cultivates, delivers, transfers, supplies or sells cannabis and related supplies to:

      (a) Adult-use cannabis retail stores;

      (b) Adult-use cannabis production facilities; or

      (c) Other adult-use cannabis cultivation facilities.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3770, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.030  “Adult-use cannabis distributor” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Adult-use cannabis distributor” means a business that:

      1.  Is licensed by the Board pursuant to NRS 678B.250; and

      2.  Transports cannabis or adult-use cannabis products from an adult-use cannabis establishment to another adult-use cannabis establishment.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3770, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.035  “Adult-use cannabis establishment” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Adult-use cannabis establishment” means:

      1.  An adult-use cannabis independent testing laboratory;

      2.  An adult-use cannabis cultivation facility;

      3.  An adult-use cannabis production facility;

      4.  An adult-use cannabis retail store; or

      5.  An adult-use cannabis distributor.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3770, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.040  “Adult-use cannabis establishment license” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Adult-use cannabis establishment license” means a license that is issued by the Board pursuant to NRS 678B.250 to authorize the operation of an adult-use cannabis establishment.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3770, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.045  “Adult-use cannabis independent testing laboratory” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Adult-use cannabis independent testing laboratory” means a facility described in NRS 678B.290 that:

      1.  Is licensed by the Board pursuant to NRS 678B.250; and

      2.  Tests:

      (a) Cannabis intended for the adult use of cannabis.

      (b) Adult-use cannabis products.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3770, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.050  “Adult-use cannabis-infused product” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  “Adult-use cannabis-infused product” means a product intended for the adult use of cannabis that:

      (a) Is infused with cannabis or an extract thereof; and

      (b) Is intended for use or consumption by humans through means other than inhalation or oral ingestion.

      2.  The term includes, without limitation, topical products, ointments, oils and tinctures.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3770, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.055  “Adult-use cannabis product” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Adult-use cannabis product” means:

      1.  An adult-use edible cannabis product; or

      2.  An adult-use cannabis-infused product.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3770, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.060  “Adult-use cannabis production facility” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Adult-use cannabis production facility” means a business that:

      1.  Is licensed by the Board pursuant to NRS 678B.250; and

      2.  Acquires, possesses, manufactures, delivers, transfers, supplies or sells adult-use cannabis products to adult-use cannabis retail stores.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3770, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.065  “Adult-use cannabis retail store” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Adult-use cannabis retail store” means a business that:

      1.  Is licensed by the Board pursuant to NRS 678B.250; and

      2.  Acquires, possesses, delivers, transfers, supplies, sells or dispenses cannabis or related supplies to a consumer or to another adult-use cannabis retail store.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3771, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.070  “Adult-use edible cannabis product” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Adult-use edible cannabis product” means a product intended for the adult use of cannabis that:

      1.  Contains cannabis or an extract thereof;

      2.  Is intended for human consumption by oral ingestion; and

      3.  Is presented in the form of a foodstuff, extract, oil, tincture or other similar product.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3771, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.075  “Adult use of cannabis” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Adult use of cannabis” means:

      1.  The possession, delivery, production or use of cannabis;

      2.  The possession, delivery or use of paraphernalia used to administer cannabis; or

      3.  Any combination of the acts described in subsections 1 and 2,

Ê by a person 21 years of age or older.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3771, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.080  “Board” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Board” means the Cannabis Compliance Board created by NRS 678A.350.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3771, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.085  “Cannabis” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Cannabis” has the meaning ascribed to the term “marijuana” in NRS 453.096.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3771, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.090  “Cannabis cultivation facility” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Cannabis cultivation facility” means:

      1.  A medical cannabis cultivation facility; or

      2.  An adult-use cannabis cultivation facility.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3771, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.095  “Cannabis establishment” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Cannabis establishment” means:

      1.  An adult-use cannabis establishment; or

      2.  A medical cannabis establishment.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3771, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.100  “Cannabis establishment agent” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Cannabis establishment agent” means an owner, officer, board member, employee or volunteer of a cannabis establishment, an independent contractor who provides labor relating to the cultivation or processing of cannabis or the production of usable cannabis or cannabis products for a cannabis establishment or an employee of such an independent contractor.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3771, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.105  “Cannabis establishment agent registration card” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Cannabis establishment agent registration card” means a registration card that is issued by the Board pursuant to NRS 678B.340 to authorize a person:

      1.  To be an owner, officer or board member of a cannabis establishment; or

      2.  To volunteer or work at or contract to provide labor for a cannabis establishment.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3771, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.110  “Cannabis establishment agent registration card for a cannabis executive” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Cannabis establishment agent registration card for a cannabis executive” means a registration card issued by the Board pursuant to NRS 678B.350.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3771, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.115  “Cannabis independent testing laboratory” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Cannabis independent testing laboratory” means:

      1.  An adult-use cannabis independent testing laboratory; or

      2.  A medical cannabis independent testing laboratory.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3771, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.120  “Cannabis product” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Cannabis product” means:

      1.  An adult-use cannabis product; or

      2.  A medical cannabis product.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3771, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.125  “Cannabis production facility” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Cannabis production facility” means:

      1.  An adult-use cannabis production facility; or

      2.  A medical cannabis production facility.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3772, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.130  “Cannabis sales facility” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Cannabis sales facility” means:

      1.  An adult-use cannabis retail store; or

      2.  A medical cannabis dispensary.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3772, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.135  “Commission” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Commission” means the Cannabis Advisory Commission created by NRS 678A.300.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3772, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.140  “Deliver” or “delivery” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Deliver” or “delivery” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 453.051.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3772, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.145  “Dual licensee” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Dual licensee” means a person or group of persons who possess a current, valid medical cannabis establishment license and a current, valid adult-use cannabis establishment license of the same type.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3772, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.150  “Electronic verification system” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Electronic verification system” means an electronic database that:

      1.  Keeps track of data in real time; and

      2.  Is accessible by the Board and by the cannabis establishment.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3772, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.155  “Executive Director” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Executive Director” means the Executive Director of the Cannabis Compliance Board appointed pursuant to NRS 678A.420.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3772, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.160  “License” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “License” means:

      1.  An adult-use cannabis establishment license; or

      2.  A medical cannabis establishment license.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3772, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.165  “Licensee” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Licensee” means the holder of a license.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3772, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.170  “Medical cannabis cultivation facility” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Medical cannabis cultivation facility” means a business that:

      1.  Is licensed by the Board pursuant to NRS 678B.210; and

      2.  Acquires, possesses, cultivates, delivers, transfers, transports, supplies or sells cannabis and related supplies to:

      (a) Medical cannabis dispensaries;

      (b) Medical cannabis production facilities; or

      (c) Other medical cannabis cultivation facilities.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3772, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.175  “Medical cannabis dispensary” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Medical cannabis dispensary” means a business that:

      1.  Is licensed by the Board pursuant to NRS 678B.210; and

      2.  Acquires, possesses, delivers, transfers, transports, supplies, sells or dispenses cannabis or related supplies and educational materials to the holder of a valid registry identification card, as defined in NRS 678C.080, or to another medical cannabis dispensary.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3772, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.180  “Medical cannabis establishment” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Medical cannabis establishment” means:

      1.  A medical cannabis independent testing laboratory;

      2.  A medical cannabis cultivation facility;

      3.  A medical cannabis production facility; or

      4.  A medical cannabis dispensary.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3772, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.185  “Medical cannabis establishment license” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Medical cannabis establishment license” means a license that is issued by the Board pursuant to NRS 678B.210 to authorize the operation of a medical cannabis establishment.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3772, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.190  “Medical cannabis independent testing laboratory” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Medical cannabis independent testing laboratory” means a facility described in NRS 678B.290 that:

      1.  Is licensed by the Board pursuant to NRS 678B.210; and

      2.  Tests:

      (a) Cannabis intended for the medical use of cannabis.

      (b) Medical cannabis products.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3772, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.195  “Medical cannabis-infused product” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  “Medical cannabis-infused product” means a product intended for the medical use of cannabis that:

      (a) Is infused with cannabis or an extract thereof; and

      (b) Is intended for use or consumption by humans through means other than inhalation or oral ingestion.

      2.  The term includes, without limitation, topical products, ointments, oils and tinctures.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3773, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.200  “Medical cannabis product” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Medical cannabis product” means:

      1.  A medical edible-cannabis product; or

      2.  A medical cannabis-infused product.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3773, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.205  “Medical cannabis production facility” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Medical cannabis production facility” means a business that:

      1.  Is licensed by the Board pursuant to NRS 678B.210; and

      2.  Acquires, possesses, manufactures, delivers, transfers, transports, supplies or sells medical cannabis products to medical cannabis dispensaries.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3773, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.210  “Medical edible cannabis product” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Medical edible cannabis product” means a product intended for the medical use of cannabis that:

      1.  Contains cannabis or an extract thereof;

      2.  Is intended for human consumption by oral ingestion; and

      3.  Is presented in the form of a foodstuff, extract, oil, tincture or other similar product.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3773, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.215  “Medical use of cannabis” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Medical use of cannabis” means:

      1.  The possession, delivery, production or use of cannabis;

      2.  The possession, delivery or use of paraphernalia used to administer cannabis; or

      3.  Any combination of the acts described in subsections 1 and 2,

Ê as necessary for the exclusive benefit of a person to mitigate the symptoms or effects of his or her chronic or debilitating medical condition, as defined in NRS 678C.030.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3773, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.220  “Paraphernalia” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Paraphernalia” means accessories, devices and other equipment that is necessary or useful for a person to engage in the medical use of cannabis or the adult use of cannabis.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3773, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.225  “Production” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Production” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 453.131.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3773, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.230  “Registrant” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Registrant” means the holder of a registration card.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3773, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.235  “Registration card” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “Registration card” means:

      1.  A cannabis establishment agent registration card; or

      2.  A cannabis establishment agent registration card for a cannabis executive.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3773, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.240  “THC” defined. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  “THC” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 453.139.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3773, effective July 1, 2020)

CANNABIS ADVISORY COMMISSION

      NRS 678A.300  Creation; composition; terms; vacancies; salaries; meetings; staff. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  The Cannabis Advisory Commission is hereby created for the purposes of studying issues related to, and making recommendations to the Cannabis Compliance Board regarding the regulation of, cannabis and any activity related to cannabis. The Commission consists of:

      (a) The Executive Director of the Board, who shall serve as Chair of the Commission;

      (b) The Director of the Department of Public Safety;

      (c) The Attorney General;

      (d) The Executive Director of the Department of Taxation;

      (e) Eight members appointed by the Governor as follows:

             (1) One member who possesses knowledge, skill and experience in the cultivation of cannabis;

             (2) One member who possesses knowledge, skill and experience in the business of retailing cannabis;

             (3) One member who possesses knowledge, skill and experience in laboratory sciences and toxicology;

             (4) One member who possesses knowledge, skill and experience in the manufacturing of cannabis products;

             (5) One member who:

                   (I) Is a physician licensed pursuant to chapter 630 or 633 of NRS and has knowledge, skill and experience in the medical use of cannabis through clinical practice or medical research; or

                   (II) Has knowledge, skill and experience in public health or food safety;

             (6) One member who is a representative of an organization that advocates on behalf of patients who engage in the medical use of cannabis;

             (7) One member who possesses knowledge, skill and experience in the field of criminal justice reform dealing specifically with the mitigation of the disproportionate impact of drug prosecutions on communities of color; and

             (8) One member who is an attorney licensed to practice in this State and experienced in providing legal services to cannabis establishments or patients who engage in the medical use of cannabis in this State or another jurisdiction.

      2.  Each appointed member of the Commission serves a term of 2 years.

      3.  An appointed member of the Commission:

      (a) May be reappointed.

      (b) Shall not serve more than 8 years.

      4.  Any vacancy occurring in the appointed membership of the Commission must be filled by the Governor not later than 90 days after the vacancy. A member appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve as a member of the Commission for the remainder of the original term of appointment.

      5.  Each member of the Commission is entitled to receive a salary of not more than $80, as fixed by the Cannabis Compliance Board, for each day or portion thereof during which the member is in attendance at a regularly called meeting of the Commission.

      6.  The members of the Commission may meet throughout each year at the times and places specified by a call of the Chair or a majority of its members. A majority of the members of the Commission constitutes a quorum, and a quorum may exercise all the powers conferred on the Commission.

      7.  The Cannabis Compliance Board shall provide the Commission with such staff as is necessary to carry out the duties of the Commission.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3773, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.310  Duties; subcommittees. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  The Commission shall:

      (a) Consider all matters submitted to it by the Board, the Governor or the Legislature;

      (b) On its own initiative, recommend to the Board any guidelines, rules or regulations or any changes to existing guidelines, rules or regulations that the Commission considers important or necessary for the review and consideration of the Board;

      (c) Advise the Board on the preparation of any regulations adopted pursuant to this title;

      (d) Study the distribution of licenses, including, without limitation, the number of licenses authorized to be issued to cannabis establishments within the territory of each local government in this State, and recommend to the Board any statutory changes that the Commission determines to be appropriate; and

      (e) Study the feasibility of the use of emerging technologies, including, without limitation, blockchain and systems that use a single source of truth, as a means of collecting data or efficiently and effectively handling transactions electronically to reduce or eliminate the handling of cash.

      2.  The Chair of the Commission may appoint:

      (a) A subcommittee on public health to review and make recommendations on matters related to the labeling, packaging, marketing and advertising of cannabis and cannabis products, the potency of cannabis and cannabis products and any other issue related to the effect of cannabis and cannabis products on public health. Such recommendations may include, without limitation, maximum limits for individual servings of cannabis and cannabis products.

      (b) A subcommittee on public safety and community mitigation to review and make recommendations on matters relating to the effects of cannabis on law enforcement, property, businesses and consumers.

      (c) A subcommittee on the cannabis industry to review and make recommendations on matters relating to the stability of the market for and the cultivation, processing, manufacturing, transportation, distribution and seed-to-sale tracking of cannabis and cannabis products.

      (d) A subcommittee on market participation to review and make recommendations on matters relating to the participation of women-owned businesses, minority-owned businesses, veteran-owned businesses and local agriculture in the cannabis industry in this State.

      (e) A subcommittee on the prevention of unlicensed cannabis sales in this State to:

             (1) Review the legal authority of state agencies and local governments to curtail the unlicensed sale of cannabis and cannabis products, including, without limitation, by use of Internet websites, sales centers or other buildings to evade the laws of this State relating to the licensing of cannabis establishments;

             (2) Review the resources available to state agencies and local governments to prevent the unlicensed sale of cannabis and cannabis products;

             (3) Examine gaps in the enforcement of the laws of this State, including, without limitation, the importation of cannabis and cannabis products from other states;

             (4) Identify the extent of the unlicensed sale of cannabis and cannabis products in this State, including, without limitation, the number of operations engaging in the unlicensed sale of cannabis and cannabis products and the most common methods used to engage in such sales;

             (5) Examine any other issues relating to the unlicensed sale of cannabis or cannabis products that the Commission determines to be appropriate; and

             (6) Make recommendations for efficiently and effectively closing any gaps in legal authority or enforcement identified by the subcommittee.

      (f) A subcommittee on local governments to review and make recommendations on matters relating to the role of local governments in the regulation of the cannabis industry. In addition to any member of the Commission appointed to a subcommittee created pursuant to this paragraph, the Chair of the Commission shall appoint to the subcommittee:

             (1) One member recommended by the governing body of the Nevada League of Cities; and

             (2) One member recommended by the Nevada Association of Counties.

      (g) A subcommittee on testing and laboratories to review and make recommendations on matters relating to the testing of cannabis and cannabis products and the efficient and effective operations of independent testing laboratories. In addition to any member of the Commission appointed to a subcommittee created pursuant to this paragraph, the Chair of the Commission shall appoint to the subcommittee one member who serves on an advisory committee for laboratories established by the Board to provide recommendations regarding the testing of cannabis.

      (h) Any other subcommittee the Chair deems necessary to expedite the work of the Board.

      3.  If the Chair appoints a subcommittee pursuant to subsection 2, the subcommittee must:

      (a) Contain not more than five members, who serve at the pleasure of the Chair; and

      (b) Be chaired by the person selected as chair of the subcommittee by the Chair.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3774, effective July 1, 2020)

CANNABIS COMPLIANCE BOARD

      NRS 678A.350  Creation; number of members. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  The Cannabis Compliance Board, consisting of five members appointed by the Governor, is hereby created.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3776, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.360  Members: Qualifications and eligibility. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  Each member of the Board must be a resident of the State of Nevada.

      2.  No member of the Legislature, no person holding any elective office in the State Government, nor any officer or official of any political party is eligible for appointment to the Board.

      3.  Not more than three of the five members of the Board may be of the same political party.

      4.  It is the intention of the Legislature that the Board be composed of the most qualified persons available.

      5.  One member of the Board must:

      (a) Be a certified public accountant certified or licensed by this State or another state of the United States or a public accountant qualified to practice public accounting under the provisions of chapter 628 of NRS, have 5 years of progressively responsible experience in general accounting and have a comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of corporate finance; or

      (b) Possess the qualifications of an expert in the fields of corporate finance and auditing, general finance or economics.

      6.  One member of the Board must be selected with special reference to his or her training and experience in the fields of investigation or law enforcement.

      7.  One member of the Board must be an attorney licensed to practice in this State and selected with special reference to his or her knowledge, skill and experience in regulatory compliance.

      8.  One member of the Board must be selected with special reference to his or her knowledge, skill and experience in the cannabis industry.

      9.  One member of the Board must be a physician licensed pursuant to chapter 630 or 633 of NRS and have knowledge, skill and experience in the area of public health or be a psychologist, clinical professional counselor, alcohol and drug counselor or social worker with knowledge, skill and experience in the area of education and prevention of abuse relating to cannabis.

      10.  In addition to any other requirements imposed by this section, the member who is designated as Chair of the Board must have at least 5 years of leadership experience in his or her field.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3776, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.370  Members: Term; Chair; removal. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  The term of office of each member of the Board is 4 years, commencing on the last Monday in January.

      2.  The Governor shall appoint the members of the Board and designate one member to serve as Chair, who shall preside over all official activities of the Board.

      3.  The Governor may remove any member for misfeasance, malfeasance or nonfeasance in office. Removal may be made after:

      (a) The member has been served with a copy of the charges against the member; and

      (b) A public hearing before the Governor is held upon the charges, if requested by the member charged.

Ê The request for a public hearing must be made within 10 days after service upon such member of the charges. If a hearing is not requested, a member is removed effective 10 days after service of charges upon the member. A record of the proceedings at the public hearing must be filed with the Secretary of State.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3777, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.380  Members: Certain political activities and financial interests prohibited; oaths. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  A member of the Board must not be:

      (a) A member of any political convention.

      (b) A member of any committee of any political party, or engage in any party activities.

      2.  A member shall not be pecuniarily interested in any business or organization holding a license under this title or doing business with any person or organization holding a license or registration card under this title.

      3.  Before entering upon the duties of office, each member shall subscribe to the constitutional oath of office and, in addition, swear that the member is not pecuniarily interested in any person, business or organization holding a license or registration card under this title or doing business with any such person, business or organization. The oath of office must be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3777, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.390  Members: Salaries. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  The Chair of the Board is entitled to receive an annual salary of $27,500.

      2.  Each of the other members of the Board is entitled to receive an annual salary of $20,000.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3777, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.400  Employment of consultants. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  The Board may employ the services of such persons as it considers necessary for the purposes of consultation or investigation.

      2.  The Board may consult with the State Department of Agriculture on any matters relating to hemp, as defined in NRS 557.160.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3777, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.410  Meetings; quorum. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  The Board may hold regular and special meetings at such times and places as it may deem convenient, and it may hold at least one regular meeting each month.

      2.  All meetings of the Board are open to the public and must be conducted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 241 of NRS.

      3.  A majority of the members constitutes a quorum of the Board, and a majority of members present at any meeting determines the action of the Board.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3778, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.420  Executive Director: Appointment; duties; other employment prohibited; salary. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  The position of Executive Director of the Cannabis Compliance Board is hereby created.

      2.  The Executive Director:

      (a) Is appointed by the Board and may be removed by the Board;

      (b) Is responsible for the conduct of the administrative matters of the Board; and

      (c) Shall, except as otherwise provided in NRS 284.143, devote his or her entire time and attention to the business of the office of Executive Director and shall not pursue any other business or occupation or hold any other office for profit.

      3.  The Executive Director is entitled to an annual salary in the amount specified by the Board within the limits of legislative appropriations or authorizations.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3778, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.430  Organization; administrative expenses; employees; plan concerning employees. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  The Executive Director may, subject to the approval of the Board:

      (a) Establish, and from time to time alter, such a plan of organization as he or she may deem expedient.

      (b) Acquire such furnishings, equipment, supplies, stationery, books, motor vehicles and other things as he or she may deem necessary or desirable in carrying out his or her functions and the functions of the Board.

      (c) Incur such other expenses, within the limit of money available to the Board, as he or she may deem necessary.

      2.  Except as otherwise provided in this title, all costs of administration incurred by the Board must be paid out on claims from the State General Fund in the same manner as other claims against the State are paid.

      3.  The Executive Director shall organize the work of the Board in such a way as to secure maximum efficiency in the conduct of the Board and make possible a definite placing of responsibility. To this end, the Executive Director may establish such organizational units within the Board as he or she deems necessary.

      4.  The Executive Director may employ such clerical or expert assistance as may be required.

      5.  Persons employed by the Board may be assigned to stations, offices or locations selected by the Executive Director both within this State and outside this State where, in the judgment of the Executive Director, it is necessary to maintain personnel to protect, investigate and ensure the safe and lawful conduct of the cannabis industry in this State.

      6.  Any person assigned to a station, office or location as provided in subsection 5 shall be entitled to receive a per diem allowance only when the business of the Board takes the person away from the particular station, office or location to which he or she is assigned.

      7.  The members of the Board and the Executive Director are exempt from the provisions of chapter 284 of NRS. The Executive Director is entitled to such leaves of absence as the Board prescribes, but such leaves must not be of lesser duration than those provided for other state employees pursuant to chapter 284 of NRS. Employees described in NRS 284.148 are subject to the limitations specified in that section.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3778, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.440  Board: General powers. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  In addition to any other powers granted by this title, the Board has the power to:

      1.  Enter into interlocal agreements pursuant to NRS 277.080 to 277.180, inclusive.

      2.  Establish and amend a plan of organization for the Board, including, without limitation, organizations of divisions or sections with leaders for such divisions or sections.

      3.  Appear on its own behalf before governmental agencies of the State or any of its political subdivisions.

      4.  Apply for and accept any gift, donation, bequest, grant or other source of money to carry out the provisions of this title.

      5.  Execute all instruments necessary or convenient for carrying out the provisions of this title.

      6.  Prepare, publish and distribute such studies, reports, bulletins and other materials as the Board deems appropriate.

      7.  Refer cases to the Attorney General for criminal prosecution.

      8.  Maintain an official Internet website for the Board.

      9.  Monitor federal activity regarding cannabis and report its findings to the Legislature.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3779, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.450  Board: Regulations. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  The Board may adopt regulations necessary or convenient to carry out the provisions of this title. Such regulations may include, without limitation:

      (a) Financial requirements for licensees.

      (b) Establishing such investigative and enforcement mechanisms as the Board deems necessary to ensure the compliance of a licensee or registrant with the provisions of this title.

      (c) Requirements for licensees or registrants relating to the cultivation, processing, manufacture, transport, distribution, testing, study, advertising and sale of cannabis and cannabis products.

      (d) Policies and procedures to ensure that the cannabis industry in this State is economically competitive, inclusive of racial minorities, women and persons and communities that have been adversely affected by cannabis prohibition and accessible to persons of low-income seeking to start a business.

      (e) Policies and procedures governing the circumstances under which the Board may waive the requirement to obtain a registration card pursuant to this title for any person who holds an ownership interest of less than 5 percent in any one cannabis establishment or an ownership interest in more than one cannabis establishment of the same type that, when added together, is less than 5 percent.

      (f) Reasonable restrictions on the signage, marketing, display and advertising of cannabis establishments. Such a restriction must not require a cannabis establishment to obtain the approval of the Board before using a logo, sign or advertisement.

      (g) Provisions governing the sales of products and commodities made from hemp, as defined in NRS 557.160, or containing cannabidiol by cannabis establishments.

      2.  The Board shall adopt regulations providing for the gathering and maintenance of comprehensive demographic information, including, without limitation, information regarding race, ethnicity, age and gender, concerning each:

      (a) Owner and manager of a cannabis establishment.

      (b) Holder of a cannabis establishment agent registration card.

      3.  The Board shall transmit the information gathered and maintained pursuant to subsection 2 to the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmission to the Legislature on or before January 1 of each odd-numbered year.

      4.  The Board shall, by regulation, establish a pilot program for identifying opportunities for an emerging small cannabis business to participate in the cannabis industry. As used in this subsection, “emerging small cannabis business” means a cannabis-related business that:

      (a) Is in existence, operational and operated for a profit;

      (b) Maintains its principal place of business in this State; and

      (c) Satisfies requirements for the number of employees and annual gross revenue established by the Board by regulation.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3779, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.460  Regulations: Procedure for adoption, amendment and repeal. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  The Board shall adopt, amend and repeal regulations in accordance with the following procedures:

      (a) At least 30 days before a meeting of the Board at which the adoption, amendment or repeal of a regulation is considered, notice of the proposed action must be:

             (1) Posted on the Internet website of the Board;

             (2) Mailed to every person who has filed a request therefor with the Board; and

             (3) When the Board deems advisable, mailed to any person whom the Board believes would be interested in the proposed action, and published in such additional form and manner as the Board prescribes.

      (b) The notice of proposed adoption, amendment or repeal must include:

             (1) A statement of the time, place and nature of the proceedings for adoption, amendment or repeal;

             (2) Reference to the authority under which the action is proposed; and

             (3) Either the express terms or an informative summary of the proposed action.

      (c) On the date and at the time and place designated in the notice, the Board shall afford any interested person or his or her authorized representative, or both, the opportunity to present statements, arguments or contentions in writing, with or without opportunity to present them orally. The Board shall consider all relevant matter presented to it before adopting, amending or repealing any regulation.

      (d) Any interested person may file a petition with the Board requesting the adoption, amendment or repeal of a regulation. The petition must state, clearly and concisely:

             (1) The substance or nature of the regulation, amendment or repeal requested;

             (2) The reasons for the request; and

             (3) Reference to the authority of the Board to take the action requested.

Ê Upon receipt of the petition, the Board shall within 45 days deny the request in writing or schedule the matter for action pursuant to this subsection.

      2.  In emergencies, the Board may summarily adopt, amend or repeal any regulation if:

      (a) The Board submits to the Governor:

             (1) A written finding that such action is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety, morals, good order or general welfare; and

             (2) A written statement of the facts constituting an emergency;

      (b) The Governor endorses the written finding and written statement described in paragraph (a) by written endorsement at the end of the full text of the written statement and written finding; and

      (c) The Board files the written statement and written finding endorsed by the Governor at the same time it adopts, amends or repeals the regulation.

      3.  In any hearing held pursuant to this section, the Board or its authorized representative may administer oaths or affirmations, and may continue or postpone the hearing from time to time and at such places as it prescribes.

      4.  The Board shall file a copy of any regulation adopted, amended or repealed by the Board with the Legislative Counsel as soon as practicable after adoption, amendment or repeal. The adoption, amendment or repeal of a regulation by the Board becomes effective upon filing with the Secretary of State. The Board shall not file a regulation with the Secretary of State until 15 days after the date on which the regulation was adopted, amended or repealed by the Board.

      5.  Upon the request of a Legislator, the Legislative Commission may examine a regulation adopted, amended or repealed by the Board that is not yet effective pursuant to subsection 4 to determine whether the regulation conforms to the statutory authority pursuant to which it was adopted and whether the regulation carries out the intent of the Legislature in granting that authority.

      6.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 7, the Legislative Commission shall:

      (a) Review the regulation at its next regularly scheduled meeting if the request for examination of the regulation is received more than 10 working days before the meeting; or

      (b) Refer the regulation for review to the Subcommittee to Review Regulations appointed pursuant to subsection 6 of NRS 233B.067.

      7.  If the Board determines that an emergency exists which requires a regulation of the Board for which a Legislator requested an examination pursuant to subsection 5 to become effective before the next meeting of the Legislative Commission is scheduled to be held, the Board may notify the Legislative Counsel in writing of the emergency. Upon receipt of such a notice, the Legislative Counsel shall refer the regulation for review by the Subcommittee to Review Regulations as soon as practicable.

      8.  If the Legislative Commission, or the Subcommittee to Review Regulations if the regulation was referred to the Subcommittee, approves the regulation, the Legislative Counsel shall notify the Board that the Board may file the regulation with the Secretary of State. If the Commission or the Subcommittee objects to the regulation after determining that:

      (a) The regulation does not conform to statutory authority; or

      (b) The regulation does not carry out legislative intent,

Ê the Legislative Counsel shall attach to the regulation a written notice of the objection, including, if practicable, a statement of the reasons for the objection, and shall promptly return the regulation to the Board.

      9.  If the Legislative Commission or the Subcommittee to Review Regulations has objected to a regulation, the Board shall revise the regulation to conform to the statutory authority pursuant to which it was adopted and to carry out the intent of the Legislature in granting that authority and return it to the Legislative Counsel within 60 days after the Board received the written notice of the objection to the regulation pursuant to subsection 8. Upon receipt of the revised regulation, the Legislative Counsel shall resubmit the regulation to the Legislative Commission or the Subcommittee for review. If the Legislative Commission or the Subcommittee approves the revised regulation, the Legislative Counsel shall notify the Board that the Board may file the revised regulation with the Secretary of State.

      10.  If the Legislative Commission or the Subcommittee to Review Regulations objects to the revised regulation, the Legislative Counsel shall attach to the revised regulation a written notice of the objection, including, if practicable, a statement of the reasons for the objection, and shall promptly return the revised regulation to the Board. The Board shall continue to revise the regulation and resubmit it to the Legislative Commission or the Subcommittee within 30 days after the Board receives a written notice of the objection to the revised regulation.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3780, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.470  Records of Board; confidentiality of certain information. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  The Board shall cause to be made and kept a record of all proceedings at regular and special meetings of the Board. These records are open to public inspection.

      2.  Any and all information and data prepared or obtained by the Board or by an agent or employee of the Board relating to a holder of or an applicant for a medical cannabis establishment license pursuant to NRS 678B.210, other than the name of a licensee and each owner, officer and board member of the licensee and information relating to the scoring and ranking of applications and the imposition of disciplinary action, are confidential and may be revealed in whole or in part only in the course of the necessary administration of this title or upon the lawful order of a court of competent jurisdiction. The Board may reveal such information and data to an authorized agent of any agency of the United States Government, any state or any political subdivision of a state or the government of any foreign country. Notwithstanding any other provision of state law, such information and data may not be otherwise revealed without specific authorization by the Board pursuant to the regulations of the Board.

      3.  Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, any information and data included in an application for an adult-use cannabis establishment license or a registration card is confidential and may be revealed in whole or in part only in the course of the necessary administration of this title or upon the lawful order of a court of competent jurisdiction. The name of the holder of an adult-use cannabis establishment license and each owner, officer and board member of the licensee and information relating to the scoring and ranking of applications and the imposition of disciplinary action are not confidential. The Board may reveal such information and data to an authorized agent of any agency of the United States Government, any state or any political subdivision of a state or the government of any foreign country. Notwithstanding any other provision of state law, such information and data may not be otherwise revealed without specific authorization by the Board pursuant to the regulations of the Board.

      4.  All files, records, reports and other information and data pertaining to matters related to cannabis in the possession of the Nevada Tax Commission or the Department of Taxation must be made available to the Board as is necessary to the administration of this title.

      5.  As used in this section, “information and data” means all information and data in any form, including, without limitation, any oral, written, audio, visual, digital or electronic form, and the term includes, without limitation, any account, book, correspondence, file, message, paper, record, report or other type of document, including, without limitation, any document containing self-evaluative assessments, self-critical analysis or self-appraisals of an applicant’s or licensee’s compliance with statutory or regulatory requirements.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3782, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.480  Audits of licensees; standards for audits; annual report. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  As often as the Board deems necessary, the Board shall conduct a financial or operational audit of the accounts, funds, programs, activities and functions of all licensees. As often as the Department deems necessary, the Department of Taxation shall conduct a tax audit of all licensees.

      2.  A licensee shall make available to the Board or Department of Taxation, as applicable, all books, accounts, claims, reports, vouchers and other records requested by the Board or Department in connection with an audit conducted pursuant to subsection 1.

      3.  If a licensee refuses to produce any of the records described in subsection 2, the Board or Department of Taxation, as applicable, may petition the district court to order the licensee to produce the requested records. The court shall order the production of all such records upon a finding that the requested records are within the scope of the audit.

      4.  If any audit report of the accounts, funds, programs, activities and functions of a licensee contains adverse or critical audit results, the Board or Department of Taxation, as applicable, may require the licensee subject to the audit to respond, in writing, to the results of the audit. A licensee shall provide such response to the Board or Department not more than 15 days after receiving a request from the Board or Department.

      5.  On or before April 1 of each year, the Board and the Department of Taxation shall submit to the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau a report concerning the audits conducted pursuant to this section for the preceding year. The report must include, without limitation:

      (a) The number of audits performed pursuant to this section in the preceding year;

      (b) A summary of the findings of the audits; and

      (c) The cost of each audit.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3783, effective July 1, 2020)

DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

      NRS 678A.500  Filing and review of complaints; authority of Executive Director to retain Attorney General to investigate complaints. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  If the Executive Director becomes aware that a licensee or registrant has violated, is violating or is about to violate any provision of this title or any regulation adopted pursuant thereto, the Executive Director may transmit the details of the suspected violation, along with any further facts or information related to the violation which are known to the Executive Director, to the Attorney General.

      2.  If any person other than the Executive Director becomes aware that a licensee or registrant has violated, is violating or is about to violate any provision of this title or any regulation adopted pursuant thereto, the person may file a written complaint with the Executive Director specifying the relevant facts. The Executive Director shall review each such complaint and, if the Executive Director finds the complaint not to be frivolous, may transmit the details of the suspected violation, along with any further facts or information derived from the review of the complaint to the Attorney General.

      3.  The employees of the Board who are certified by the Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission created pursuant to NRS 289.500 shall cooperate with the Attorney General in the performance of any criminal investigation.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3784, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.510  Investigation of complaint by Attorney General; recommendation to Executive Director; action by Board. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  If the Executive Director transmits the details of a suspected violation to the Attorney General pursuant to NRS 678A.500, the Attorney General shall conduct an investigation of the suspected violation to determine whether it warrants proceedings for disciplinary action of the licensee or registrant. If the Attorney General determines that further proceedings are warranted, he or she shall report the results of the investigation together with a recommendation to the Executive Director in a manner which does not violate the right of the person charged in the complaint to due process in any later hearing on the complaint. The Executive Director shall transmit the recommendation and other information received from the Attorney General to the Board.

      2.  The Board shall promptly make a determination with respect to each complaint resulting in an investigation by the Attorney General. The Board shall:

      (a) Dismiss the complaint; or

      (b) Proceed with appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with NRS 678A.520 to 678A.600, inclusive, and the regulations adopted by the Board.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3784, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.520  Contents and service of complaint; answer; effect of failure to answer or appear; notice of hearing. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  If the Board proceeds with disciplinary action pursuant to NRS 678A.510, the Board shall serve a complaint upon the respondent either personally, or by registered or certified mail at the address of the respondent that is on file with the Board. Such complaint must be a written statement of charges and must set forth in ordinary and concise language the acts or omissions with which the respondent is charged. The complaint must specify the statutes and regulations which the respondent is alleged to have violated, but must not consist merely of charges raised in the language of the statutes or regulations. The complaint must provide notice of the right of the respondent to request a hearing. The Chair of the Board may grant an extension to respond to the complaint for good cause.

      2.  Unless granted an extension, the respondent must answer within 20 days after the service of the complaint. In the answer the respondent:

      (a) Must state in short and plain terms the defenses to each claim asserted.

      (b) Must admit or deny the facts alleged in the complaint.

      (c) Must state which allegations the respondent is without knowledge or information to form a belief as to their truth. Such allegations shall be deemed denied.

      (d) Must affirmatively set forth any matter which constitutes an avoidance or affirmative defense.

      (e) May demand a hearing. Failure to demand a hearing constitutes a waiver of the right to a hearing and to judicial review of any decision or order of the Board, but the Board may order a hearing even if the respondent so waives his or her right.

      3.  Failure to answer or to appear at the hearing constitutes an admission by the respondent of all facts alleged in the complaint. The Board may take action based on such an admission and on other evidence without further notice to the respondent. If the Board takes action based on such an admission, the Board shall include in the record which evidence was the basis for the action.

      4.  The Board shall determine the time and place of the hearing as soon as is reasonably practical after receiving the respondent’s answer. The Board shall deliver or send by registered or certified mail a notice of hearing to all parties at least 10 days before the hearing. The hearing must be held within 45 days after receiving the respondent’s answer unless an expedited hearing is determined to be appropriate by the Board, in which event the hearing must be held as soon as practicable.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3784, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.530  Hearings: Subpoenas; payment of fees, subsistence and transportation for witness; deposition. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  Before a hearing before the Board, and during a hearing upon reasonable cause shown, the Board shall issue subpoenas and subpoenas duces tecum at the request of a party. All witnesses appearing pursuant to subpoena, other than parties, officers or employees of the State of Nevada or any political subdivision thereof, are entitled to receive fees and mileage in the same amounts and under the same circumstances as provided by law for witnesses in civil actions in the district courts. Witnesses entitled to fees or mileage who attend hearings at points so far removed from their residences as to prohibit return thereto from day to day are entitled, in addition to witness fees and in lieu of mileage, to the per diem compensation for subsistence and transportation authorized for state officers and employees for each day of actual attendance and for each day necessarily occupied in traveling to and from the hearings. Fees, subsistence and transportation expenses must be paid by the party at whose request the witness is subpoenaed. The Board may award as costs the amount of all such expenses to the prevailing party.

      2.  The testimony of any material witness residing within or without the State of Nevada may be taken by deposition in the manner provided by the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3785, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.540  Hearings: Procedure; use of affidavit. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  At all hearings before the Board:

      (a) Oral evidence may be taken only upon oath or affirmation administered by the Board.

      (b) Every party has the right to:

             (1) Call and examine witnesses;

             (2) Introduce exhibits relevant to the issues of the case;

             (3) Cross-examine opposing witnesses on any matters relevant to the issues of the case, even though the matter was not covered in a direct examination;

             (4) Impeach any witness regardless of which party first called the witness to testify; and

             (5) Offer rebuttal evidence.

      (c) If the respondent does not testify in his or her own behalf, the respondent may be called and examined as if under cross-examination.

      (d) The hearing need not be conducted according to technical rules relating to evidence and witnesses. Any relevant evidence may be admitted and is sufficient in itself to support a finding if it is the sort of evidence on which responsible persons are accustomed to rely in the conduct of serious affairs, regardless of the existence of any common law or statutory rule which might make improper the admission of such evidence over objection in a civil action.

      (e) The parties or their counsel may by written stipulation agree that certain specified evidence may be admitted even though such evidence might otherwise be subject to objection.

      2.  The Board may take official notice of any generally accepted information or technical or scientific matter within the field of cannabis, and of any other fact which may be judicially noticed by the courts of this State. The parties must be informed of any information, matters or facts so noticed, and must be given a reasonable opportunity, on request, to refute such information, matters or facts by evidence or by written or oral presentation of authorities, the manner of such refutation to be determined by the Board.

      3.  Affidavits may be received in evidence at any hearing of the Board in accordance with the following:

      (a) The party wishing to use an affidavit must, not less than 10 days before the day set for hearing, serve upon the opposing party or counsel, either personally or by registered or certified mail, a copy of the affidavit which the party proposes to introduce in evidence together with a notice as provided in paragraph (c).

      (b) Unless the opposing party, within 7 days after such service, mails or delivers to the proponent a request to cross-examine the affiant, the opposing party’s right to cross-examine the affiant is waived and the affidavit, if introduced in evidence, must be given the same effect as if the affiant had testified orally. If an opportunity to cross-examine an affiant is not afforded after request therefor is made in accordance with this paragraph, the affidavit may be introduced in evidence, but must be given only the same effect as other hearsay evidence.

      (c) The notice referred to in paragraph (a) must be substantially in the following form:

 

       The accompanying affidavit of (here insert name of affiant) will be introduced as evidence at the hearing set for the ........ day of the month of ………. of the year …… (Here insert name of affiant) will not be called to testify orally and you will not be entitled to question (here insert name of affiant) unless you notify the undersigned that you wish to cross-examine (here insert name of affiant). To be effective your request must be mailed or delivered to the undersigned on or before 7 days from the date this notice and the enclosed affidavit are served upon you.

 

                                                                   .......................................................................

                                                                                       (Party or Counsel)

                                                                   .......................................................................

                                                                                              (Address)

 

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3785, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.550  Hearings: Members present; reporting of proceedings. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  The following procedures apply at all hearings of the Board:

      1.  At least three members of the Board shall be present at every hearing, and they shall exercise all powers relating to the conduct of the hearing and shall enforce all decisions with respect thereto.

      2.  The proceedings at the hearing must be reported either stenographically or by a phonographic reporter.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3787, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.560  Hearings: Limitations on communications. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  After the Board has initiated a hearing pursuant to NRS 678A.520, the members of the Board shall not communicate, directly or indirectly, in connection with any issue of fact, with any person or party, nor, in connection with any issue of law, with any party or the party’s representative, except upon notice and opportunity to all parties to participate.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3787, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.570  Hearings: Amended or supplemental pleadings. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  The Board may, before submission of the case for decision, permit the filing of amended or supplemental pleadings and shall notify all parties thereof, and provide a reasonable opportunity for objections thereto.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3787, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.580  Hearings: Contempt. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  If any person in proceedings before the Board disobeys or resists any lawful order or refuses to respond to a subpoena, or refuses to take the oath or affirmation as a witness or thereafter refuses to be examined, or is guilty of misconduct during the hearing or so near the place thereof as to obstruct the proceeding, the Board may certify the facts to the district court in and for the county where the proceedings are held. The court shall thereupon issue an order directing the person to appear before the court and show cause why the person should not be punished as for contempt. The court order and a copy of the statement of the Board must be served on the person cited to appear. Thereafter the court has jurisdiction of the matter, and the same proceedings must be had, the same penalties may be imposed and the person charged may purge himself or herself of the contempt in the same way as in the case of a person who has committed a contempt in the trial of a civil action before a district court.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3787, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.590  Hearings: Written decision and order of Board; rehearings. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  Within 60 days after the hearing of a contested matter, the Board shall render a written decision on the merits which must contain findings of fact, a determination of the issues presented and the penalty to be imposed, if any. The Board shall thereafter make and enter its written order in conformity to its decision. No member of the Board who did not hear the evidence may vote on the decision. The affirmative votes of a majority of the whole Board are required to impose any penalty. Copies of the decision and order must be served on the parties personally or sent to them by registered or certified mail. The decision is effective upon such service, unless the Board orders otherwise.

      2.  The Board may, upon motion made within 10 days after service of a decision and order, order a rehearing before the Board upon such terms and conditions as it may deem just and proper if a petition for judicial review of the decision and order has not been filed. The motion must not be granted except upon a showing that there is additional evidence which is material and necessary and reasonably calculated to change the decision of the Board, and that sufficient reason existed for failure to present the evidence at the hearing of the Board. The motion must be supported by an affidavit of the moving party or his or her counsel showing with particularity the materiality and necessity of the additional evidence and the reason why it was not introduced at the hearing. Upon rehearing, rebuttal evidence to the additional evidence must be permitted. After rehearing, the Board may modify its decision and order as the additional evidence may warrant.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3787, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.600  Penalties. [Effective July 1, 2020.]  If the Board finds that a licensee or registrant has violated a provision of this title or any regulation adopted pursuant thereto, the Board may take any or all of the following actions:

      1.  Limit, condition, suspend or revoke the license or registration card of the licensee or registrant.

      2.  Impose a civil penalty in an amount established by regulation for each violation.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3788, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.610  Judicial review: Petition; intervention; stay of enforcement. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  Any person aggrieved by a final decision or order of the Board made after hearing or rehearing by the Board pursuant to NRS 678A.520 to 678A.600, inclusive, and whether or not a motion for rehearing was filed, may obtain a judicial review thereof in the district court of the county in which the petitioner resides or has his, her or its principal place of business.

      2.  The judicial review must be instituted by filing a petition within 20 days after the effective date of the final decision or order. A petition may not be filed while a motion for rehearing or a rehearing is pending before the Board. The petition must set forth the order or decision appealed from and the grounds or reasons why petitioner contends a reversal or modification should be ordered.

      3.  Copies of the petition must be served upon the Board and all other parties of record, or their counsel of record, either personally or by certified mail.

      4.  The court, upon a proper showing, may permit other interested persons to intervene as parties to the appeal or as friends of the court.

      5.  The filing of the petition does not stay enforcement of the decision or order of the Board, but the Board itself may grant a stay upon such terms and conditions as it deems proper.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3788, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.620  Judicial review: Record on review. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  Upon written request of the petitioner, the complete record on review, or such parts thereof as are designated by the petitioner, must be prepared by the Board.

      2.  The complete record on review must include copies of:

      (a) All pleadings in the case;

      (b) All notices and interim orders issued by the Board in connection with the case;

      (c) All stipulations;

      (d) The decision and order appealed from;

      (e) A transcript of all testimony, evidence and proceedings at the hearing;

      (f) The exhibits admitted or rejected; and

      (g) Any other papers in the case.

Ê The original of any document may be used in lieu of a copy thereof. The record on review may be shortened by stipulation of all parties to the review proceedings.

      3.  The record on review must be filed with the reviewing court within 30 days after service of the petition for review, but the court may allow the Board additional time to prepare and transmit the record on review.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3788, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.630  Judicial review: Additional evidence taken by Board; review confined to record; court may affirm, remand or reverse. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  The reviewing court may, upon motion therefor, order that additional evidence in the case be taken by the Board upon such terms and conditions as the court deems just and proper. The motion must not be granted except upon a showing that the additional evidence is material and necessary and that sufficient reason existed for failure to present the evidence at the hearing of the Board. The motion must be supported by an affidavit of the moving party or his or her counsel showing with particularity the materiality and necessity of the additional evidence and the reason why it was not introduced in the administrative hearing. Rebuttal evidence to the additional evidence must be permitted. In cases in which additional evidence is presented to the Board, the Board may modify its decisions and orders as the additional evidence may warrant and shall file with the reviewing court a transcript of the additional evidence together with any modifications of the decision and order, all of which become a part of the record on review.

      2.  The review must be conducted by the court sitting without a jury, and must not be a trial de novo but is confined to the record on review. The filing of briefs and oral argument must be made in accordance with the rules governing appeals in civil cases unless the local rules of practice adopted in the judicial district provide a different procedure.

      3.  The reviewing court may affirm the decision and order of the Board, or it may remand the case for further proceedings or reverse the decision if the substantial rights of the petitioner have been prejudiced because the decision is:

      (a) In violation of constitutional provisions;

      (b) In excess of the statutory authority or jurisdiction of the Board;

      (c) Made upon unlawful procedure;

      (d) Unsupported by any evidence; or

      (e) Arbitrary or capricious or otherwise not in accordance with law.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3789, effective July 1, 2020)

      NRS 678A.640  Judicial review: Appeal to appellate court; exclusive method of review for disciplinary hearings; certain actions not subject to judicial review. [Effective July 1, 2020.]

      1.  Any party aggrieved by the final decision in the district court after a review of the decision and order of the Board may appeal to the appellate court of competent jurisdiction pursuant to the rules fixed by the Supreme Court pursuant to Section 4 of Article 6 of the Nevada Constitution in the manner and within the time provided by law for appeals in civil cases. The appellate court of competent jurisdiction shall follow the same procedure thereafter as in appeals in civil actions, and may affirm, reverse or modify the decision as the record and law warrant.

      2.  The judicial review by the district court and the appellate court of competent jurisdiction afforded in this chapter is the exclusive method of review of the Board’s actions, decisions and orders in disciplinary hearings against a licensee held pursuant to NRS 678A.520 to 678A.600, inclusive. Judicial review is not available for actions, decisions and orders of the Board relating to the denial of a license or registration card. Extraordinary common-law writs or equitable proceedings are available except where statutory judicial review is made exclusive or is precluded, or the use of those writs or proceedings is precluded by specific statute.

      (Added to NRS by 2019, 3789, effective July 1, 2020)