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As Marijuana Industry Pumps Millions into Nevada Schools, Laxalt Still Stands in the Way

Today, new numbers show Nevada’s recreational dispensaries produced close to $70 million in tax revenue for the state during the first full year of legal sales. Nearly 40 percent of that, or close to $30 million, goes directly to improvements to Nevada’s struggling public school system.

But Nevada’s attorney general, Adam Laxalt, has opposed Nevada’s budding marijuana industry from the beginning and has sat on the sidelines in the face of federal government interference — putting him way out of step with a majority of Nevadans and most Americans.

  • Laxalt’s biggest donor, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, “essentially self-funded the fight” against the 2016 ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana, donating over 97 percent of the total raised by the prohibitionist group.
  • Despite his history of fighting “federal overreach” during the Obama administration, Laxalt stood idly by when the Trump administration threatened to squash Nevada’s half-billion dollar marijuana industry.
  • When attorneys general from the other states with legal recreational marijuana asked Congress to allow pot businesses to bank, Laxalt stood alone in his refusal to fight for Nevada’s small businesses and continued to dodge follow ups on his inaction. Even as Gov. Brian Sandoval’s administration recently took action to solve this problem for Nevada’s marijuana businesses, Laxalt remains silent.


Not only has Laxalt turned his back on a job-creating industry that generates millions for public education, he also wants to cut even more funding for schools — to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. Instead of giving public schools the boost they need, Laxalt wants to give a huge tax break to multi-million dollar corporations. Laxalt’s commitment to repealing Gov. Sandoval’s bipartisan education investment is a major factor in the outgoing governor’s refusal to endorse his fellow Republican in the race to succeed him.

Nevada State Democratic Party spokeswoman Helen Kalla released the following statement:

“Adam Laxalt’s repeated failure to stand up for Nevada’s legal marijuana industry puts him out of touch with Nevadans. Nevada’s legal dispensaries create jobs, boost our economy, and generate desperately needed funding for public schools — supporting them should be a no-brainer. Instead, Laxalt is more concerned with doing the bidding of his special interest donors than doing what’s right for Nevada’s future.”