Nevada Dispensary Association Welcomes New Director – KNPR

The Nevada Dispensary Association establishes regulations and rules for Nevada’s marijuana dispensaries.

They’re used to moving quickly. They had to do so at lightning speed when the state legalized recreational marijuana in 2016, and again when COVID-19 forced many businesses to either close or adapt their offerings to online and delivery. 

And they just welcomed a new executive director. Layke Martin is an attorney and the former assistant dean at UNLV’s law school, and she took over at the association in September.

Martin told KNPR’s State of Nevada that having a legal background is helpful for the work she does for the association.

“I’m constantly reviewing regulations, commenting on proposed regulations,” she said.

In addition, the association works with Nevada lawmakers to draft new legislation governing the growing industry.

It also communicates with its members about those regulations and offers regular educational programs to keep them up to date on best practices.

“A lot of our educational programming that we provide to our members has to do with compliance. So, record keeping, financial compliance, inventory control, marketing and advertising, packaging and labeling and so on,” she said.

Ahead of next year’s legislative session, the association will be consulting with its members to establish legislative priorities.

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Like many industries, the cannabis industry has struggled in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.

“In the first couple of months of COVID, when there was a total shutdown and especially before we had curbside, the industry was off about 50 percent as a whole,” said Tisha Black, the president of the Nevada Dispensary Association.

However, now that curbside pickup is allowed, the industry has seen a jump in numbers. Black said in July there was a 37 percent jump in sales compared to the same time last year.

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