“The chilling effect that this is already having is pretty scary,” he said.
Scott Rutledge agreed. He lobbied for the passage of the ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana in Nevada.
“The biggest concern, the most chilling idea would be, that this would slow down on investment or stop investment in expanding the industry and new investments in the industry and I think that is something that we need to as a state come together and figure out how we’re going to support this industry,” he said.
He said the marijuana industry is well-regulated in Nevada and other states look to us to see how best to regulate their marijuana shops and grow operations. He said state lawmakers and regulators have taken the industry seriously.
Segerblom agrees that Nevada should stand up for what the voters of our state wanted.
“Personally, I would do whatever it takes," he said, “I for one, as a politician, think we need to do everything it takes to make sure they don’t stop us”
During their interview with KNPR's State of Nevada, neither Segerblom nor Rutledge could say what Attorney General Adam Laxalt would do about Session's decision because he opposed the ballot measure but he is an advocate for state's rights.
Later Thursday, Laxalt talked to the Nevada Independent. He said his office has worked to implement the law and defended it against two lawsuits. And he and his office is now reviewing the DOJ's letter about the Cole Memo and "evaluating the ramifications for our state."
State Senator Tick Segerblom, D-NV.; Scott Rutledge, legalized marijuana advocate
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