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March 26, 2019

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Commission adds 2 members to marijuana advisory panel

Clark County commissioners voted today to add two additional at-large members to a Green Ribbon Panel that will advise them on zoning and business issues related to recreational marijuana.

The new members are Brian Padgett and Scott Sibley.

Padgett is the founding member of the Nevada Dispensary Association and the Nevada Cannabis Coalition. He is a lawyer and majority owner of CWNevada, the largest marijuana production facility in the state.

County staff originally recommended Padgett for the Green Ribbon Panel as the production representative, but that spot went to lobbyist Jay Matos after the recommendation of Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani.

Sibley is managing partner of Nevada Holistic Medicine. He is also a licensed real estate broker, publisher of Nevada Legal News and a former state assemblyman. He had originally been considered for the dispensary representative position on the panel.

Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick recommended Padgett and Sibley. They were approved unanimously without discussion.

With the addition of Padgett and Sibley, the Green Ribbon Panel has 14 appointed members.

The original dozen, approved by commissioners on March 8, are: Las Vegas Sands executive Andrew Abboud, Nevada Gaming Commission Chairman Dr. Tony Alamo, Nevada Pure/Shango owner John DiBella, dispensary owner and former Las Vegas City Council member Frank Hawkins, Nevada Dispensary Association President Andrew Jolley, physician consultant Carmen F. Jones, medical marijuana lobbyist Jay Matos, Las Vegas Natural Caregivers/House of Herbs managing member Howard Starr, consultant Lucy Stewart, G3 Labs CEO Chao-Hsiung Tung, Nevada Resort Association President and former Clark County Manager Virginia Valentine and Integral Associates CEO Armen Yemenidjian.

Nevadans voted to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and over in November. The law went into effect at the beginning of this year, but state regulators are still crafting regulations.

Commissioners decided last month to “get ahead” of the regulations and begin working through local zoning and business licensing issues.

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