Author: Eureka Sentinel

Amodei: No ‘Reason for Panic’ About Marijuana’s Situation in Nevada, but Congress Should ‘Get off Its Butt’ and Act

By Humberto Sanchez and Michelle Rindels The Nevada Independent Nevada Republican Rep. Mark Amodei sees no immediate threat to the state’s burgeoning marijuana industry following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent decision to overturn policy at the Justice Department that gave states protections from federal prosecution. “I don’t think there is a reason for panic,” Amodei said on a call with reporters on Tuesday, several days after the decision was announced. “It is good to keep your eye on it.” Although he doesn’t expect a crackdown, he believes Congress should act to clear up the issue of medical and recreational marijuana use. “If we want some predictability and stability…it’s probably time…that Congress get off its butt and start dealing with the issues,” Amodei said. The Northern Nevada lawmaker’s measured approach mirrors that of some in the state’s marijuana industry. Nick Spirtos, a doctor who runs The Apothecary Shoppe dispensary west of the Las Vegas Strip, said that while his customers were stressed by Sessions’ move, he entered the business with eyes wide open. “I don’t worry about it,” Spirtos said in an interview after a Thursday press conference held at his dispensary. “Look, the federal government could’ve closed us down anytime they wanted. We undertook this with the understanding that there were risks. Hopefully they will appreciate what we’re doing to contribute to the overall health of the patients in...

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January 11, 2018

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Free Radon Test Kits Available

January is National Radon Action Month, and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Radon Education Program is offering free short-term radon test kits to Nevadans from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28. Radon test kits are available at Cooperative Extension offices and partnering locations, as well as at presentations statewide. Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that is colorless, odorless and tasteless. It comes from the ground and can accumulate in homes, raising the risk of lung cancer. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates 21,000 Americans die each year from radon-caused lung cancer, killing more people than secondhand smoke, drunk driving, house fires and unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning combined. The risk of radon-caused lung cancer can be reduced. A simple three-day test can determine if a house has a radon problem, and winter is an ideal time to test a home for radon. If radon problems are found, they can be fixed. Free test kits are available at the Eureka County Cooperative Extension, 701 S. Main St., Eureka. For more information, call the Radon Hotline at 888-RADON10 (888-723-6610) or visit the Nevada Radon Education Program...

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