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Gaming Board makes it clear - pot or gambling, not both

Reported by: Sergio Avila
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Updated: 7/15 10:54 pm

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- A few months ago the gaming control board made it clear they want a separation between the medical marijuana industry and the gaming industry.

They told licensees they're either in gaming or in medical marijuana, but not both.

During their monthly meeting the control board made their first move to block medical marijuana from entering the gaming industry.

A local restaurant was looking to put in five slot machines in to their business.

The owners hired an operator to work that side of it and when they went for approval before the board they found out the operator's wife was involved in medical marijuana.

The owner of the Crab Corner said he was blindsided by the debate that ensued between the slot operator and the board.

The board decided that a husband with a gaming license and a wife in the medical marijuana industry was just too close of a connection.

They asked the restaurant to find another operator.

The board and commission have said since growing and distributing marijuana is still illegal in the eyes of the feds, they don't want it near gaming.

Gaming Commission Chairman Dr. Tony Alamo said some licensees are even considering leaving gaming for medical marijuana.

"There are some licensees that have made a business decision. For that I think that's the right thing for them to do. They've relinquished or are in the process of relinquishing ownership in properties that require them to be licenesee and pursuing the business of marijuana," Dr. Alamo said.

Alamo said he couldn't speak specifically about the Crab Corner decision because they'll be taking up the topic at their next meeting in a few weeks.

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