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Per Nevada’s Marijuana Legalization ballot question, aka Question 2 passed in November 2016, $5 million per fiscal year from the Wholesale Marijuana Tax is funneled annually back to local jurisdictions. The first $1.5 million is split between Nevada’s 17 counties, each received around $88,000 in April 2018, the remaining $3.5 million goes to towns and cities. To follow is a snapshot of how various jurisdictions plan to spend the marijuana money that was disbursed in April.

Carson City “The city has not allocated the state’s marijuana distribution to a specific purpose. It is merely another source of revenue in the city’s general fund,” offered Nancy Paulson, CPA, City Manager, Carson City of the roughly $160,000 the city received.

Churchill County The Board of Churchill County Commissioners allocated the $88,235.29 it received in April for various projects. Commissioners approved $50,260 for the Board of Health Strategies Program, with a focus on education for pregnant women and youth, a Too Good for Drugs instructor for the schools, FASTT Jail systems program, and BHT Data collections. New Frontier received $5,000 for an adolescent substance abuse prevention program. The remaining $32,975.29 went to help defer some of the cost of the state mandated body cameras for county law enforcement.

Elko The $88,235.29 received by Elko in April will partially fund a new narcotics detective for 2019.

City of Henderson “The City of Henderson has used the reimbursement to hire an additional staff member for the department who oversees medical and recreational marijuana licensees in our jurisdiction and to fund a vehicle used for monitoring compliance and other related activities. This funding is also used to offset the costs associated with recreational and medical marijuana sales and consumption in our community that are now paid for through the city’s existing budget,” said Communications and Intergovernmental Relations Manager David Cherry of the approximately $392,000 Henderson received.

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