Marijuana industry blossoms as significant campaign contributor

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It’s been less than three years since Nevada lawmakers put in place regulations allowing for the legal growth and sale of medical marijuana, and the budding industry has done more than just widely expand its customer base — it’s also become a player in the world of Nevada campaign finance.

Marijuana dispensaries, owners and growers gave $75,000 to legislators during the 2016 election cycle, with nearly half of the donations — $31,550 — going to Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom, who in 2013 authored a bill establishing regulatory framework for medical marijuana dispensaries and is one of the industry’s biggest advocates.

While the industry isn’t as large a player as gaming, mining or other traditional heavyweight industries, the still sizable donations come as the industry enters a session with many marijuana topics on the agenda, ranging from a proposed tax on retail sales to how the state plans to regulate recreational marijuana.

Underscoring all marijuana issues is a concern by both the industry and lawmakers that the new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will take a much tougher stance on the industry, given that ir remains illegal under federal law.

The industry mostly gave to Democrats ($60,500) with some Republicans also receiving donations ($4,000). The Nevada Senate Democratic caucus received $11,000 from businesses connected with the marijuana industry. Below, we’ve listed out all donations from the marijuana industry to individual lawmakers during the 2016 campaign cycle.

Top 5 Marijuana campaign donation recipients:

  • Senator Tick Segerblom (D): $31,550
  • Senator Patricia Farley (NP): $10,500
  • Assemblyman Steve Yeager (D): $6,750
  • Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson (D): $5,000
  • Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford (D): $3,500

Senator Tick Segerblom (D): $31,550

  • $5,000 from David Tuttleman c/o Matrix NV, a medical marijuana cultivator in Las Vegas
  • $5,000 from MM Development Company, a medical marijuana dispensary based in Pahrump
  • $2,500 from Elizabeth Stavola, a medical marijuana dispensary owner
  • $2,500 from Greenmart of Nevada, a medical marijuana processor
  • $2,000 from Nevada Dispensary Association, the primary state industry group for marijuana related facilities
  • $1,500 from Gravitas Nevada, a Las Vegas medical marijuana dispensary
  • $1,050 from Tara Lynn, owner and CEO of NV Cann Lab
  • $1,000 from Desert Aire Wellness, a Las Vegas medical marijuana dispensary
  • $1,000 from Duke Fu, a former pharmacist now involved with Green Therapeutics
  • $1,000 from Green Life Productions, a Las Vegas cannabis cultivator
  • $1,000 from Patrick McManamon, head of a marijuana insurance company based in Ohio
  • $1,000 from Rizzo, a Nevada LLC registered to John Hessling, a medical marijuana cultivator
  • $500 from Agua Street, a Henderson-based marijuana cultivation and production company
  • $500 from Sahara Wellness, a medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas
  • $500 from CBD Saves, a non-profit organization that advocates for medical marijuana
  • $500 from David Kallas, a former police officer who now owns The Apothecarium dispensary
  • $500 from Electrum Partners, an “advisory services firm specializing in medical and recreational cannabis and ancillary businesses.”
  • $500 from James P. Green, a former police officer now involved with NevadaPURE dispensary.
  • $500 from MM Lab, a laboratory that provides testing services to Nevada’s medical marijuana industry
  • $500 from Nevada Botanical Science, a medical marijuana production facility in Reno
  • $500 from Terra Tech Corporation, a “medical cannabis and urban agriculture” business in Las Vegas, Oakland and Reno
  • $500 from The Grove, a medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas
  • $250 from Joseph Brezny, a political operative with Carrara Nevada who ran the Yes on 2 campaign during the 2016 election.
  • $250 from David V. Thomas, a prominent Nevada campaign consultant and owner at NevadaPURE
  • $100 from David Goldwater, a former assemblyman who is part-owner of Inyo Fine Cannabis Dispensary.
  • $100 from Susan Bunce, CEO of DB Labs, LLC., a marijuana testing facility
  • $50 from 374 Labs, a laboratory that provides testing services to Nevada’s marijuana industry
  • $50 from Benjamin Chew, scientific laboratory director at MM Lab, which provides testing services to Nevada’s medical marijuana industry
  • $50 from Canalysis Laboratories, a medical marijuana testing facility
  • $50 from Cannex Nevada, a medical marijuana testing facility
  • $50 from G3 Labs, a Las Vegas-based medical marijuana testing facility
  • $50 from New Heights Enterprise, a Las Vegas-based medical marijuana lab

Senator Patricia Farley (NP): $10,500

  • $4,000 from the Nevada Dispensary Association, the primary state industry group for marijuana related facilities
  • $1,500 from Tara Lynn, owner and CEO of NV Cann Lab
  • $1,000 from  Gravitas Nevada, a Las Vegas medical marijuana dispensary
  • $1,000 from James Hammer and John Sullivan, the former president and CEO of First Security Bank of Nevada now involved in the marijuana industry
  • $1,000 from Riana Durrett, the executive director of the Nevada Dispensary Association
  • $500 from Commerce Park Medical, a Las Vegas-based medical marijuana dispensary owned by Phillip Peckman, Edward Findlay and Julie Murray
  • $500 from James Hammer, a Las Vegas developer and president of GB Sciences Nevada LLC, a Las Vegas marijuana dispensary
  • $500 from Professional Executive Services, a company registered to NV Cann Lab owner Tara Lynn
  • $500 from The Grove, a medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas

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Assemblyman Steve Yeager (D): $6,750

  • $2,500 from MM Development Company, a medical marijuana dispensary based in Pahrump
  • $2,500 from Tryke Companies, a Tempe-based company that operates Reef Dispensaries in Nevada and Arizona
  • $1,250 from the Nevada Dispensary Association, the primary state industry group for marijuana related facilities
  • $500 from CBD Saves, a non-profit organization that advocates for medical marijuana

Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson (D): $5,000

  • $5,000 from Tryke Companies, a Tempe-based company that operates Reef Dispensaries in Nevada and Arizona

Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford (D): $3,500

Assemblyman Chris Brooks (D): $1,500

Assemblyman Nelson Araujo: $1,500

  • $1,000 from The Source, a medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas
  • $500 from TGIG, a medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas

Senator Nicole Cannizzaro (D): $2,000

Senator Scott Hammond (R): $1,500

  • $1,00 from John Sullivan, the former president and CEO of First Security Bank of Nevada now involved in the marijuana industry
  • $500 from CG Association Management, registered at the same address as the organization that advocated on the behalf of Question 2 to legalize recreational marijuana use, Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol

Senator Joyce Woodhouse (D): $1,250

  • $1,000 from Policy Communications, a consulting firm owned by David Thomas, who also owns NevadaPURE, a medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas
  • $250 from David Kallas, a former police officer and owner of The Apothecarium, a medical marijuana dispensary

Assemblyman Ozzie Fumo (D): $1,250

Senator Becky Harris (R): $1,000

Senator Kelvin Atkinson (D): $750

  • $500 from The Grove, a medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas
  • $250 from Sweet Goldy, a medical marijuana cultivation facility

Senator David Parks (D): $600

  • $500 from The Grove, a medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas
  • $100 from David Goldwater, a former assemblyman who is part-owner of Inyo Fine Cannabis Dispensary.

Senator Pat Spearman (D): $500

  • $500 from TGIG, a medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas
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