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Sisolak OKs test of pot banking, bans minors buying kratom

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In this Jan. 16, 2019 file photo, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak delivers his first State of the State address from the Assembly Chambers of the Nevada Legislature in Carson City. Nevada could soon become the latest to pledge to give its Electoral College votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the national popular vote, even if another candidate gets the most votes in the state.

CARSON CITY — Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed bills that test out a banking system for the state's legal marijuana industry, ban children from buying the herbal supplement kratom and bar employers from denying someone a job because they tested positive for marijuana.

The measures were among 60 bills that the governor's office announced Sisolak signed Wednesday.

The Democratic governor approved creating a pilot banking program in the state Treasurer's office for the legal pot industry.

He also approved a law barring employers from denying someone a job after testing positive for marijuana. The law makes exceptions for firefighters and other workers who could impact the safety of others if they work with marijuana in their system.

Another law bans minors from buying the supplement kratom, which some claim helps ease pain but U.S. health officials have linked to overdose deaths.