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Medical school and marijuana bills pass in Nevada

Posted at 4:13 PM, Jun 06, 2017

The new medical school at UNLV is getting closer to becoming a reality.

The Nevada Senate passed Senate Bill 553 on Monday night, which includes $25 million in state money to build the UNLV School of Medicine. The bill passed unanimously. It also passed in the Assembly although 9 Republicans opposed the bill.

State lawmakers also approved two big bills related to the sale of recreational marijuana.

One bill will help keep pot out of the hands of children. The bill outlaws packaging that may appeal to children and requires the product not to look like candy. Labels that clearly state that the product contains marijuana would also be required.

The other bill specifies the amounts to be taxed on the cultivation and sale of recreational and medical marijuana. According to the bill, there will be a 10 percent tax on retail sales and 15 percent tax on growers.

The tax is expected to generate about $70 million over next 2 years. Most of the money will go to schools in the state. Gov. Sandoval is expected to sign the bills.