Casino operators advised to avoid medi pot sector

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Updated: 5/06/2014 11:47 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada gambling regulators have issued a notice to casino operators advising them against investing in the state's nascent medical marijuana industry.

Gaming Control Board member Terry Johnson sent a memo Tuesday reminding licensees that while the state has legalized dispensaries, federal law still prohibits manufacturing and distributing marijuana.

Johnson says that unless federal law changes, it could discredit the state's gambling industry if a casino licensee gets involved in the medical marijuana business.

It was unclear whether the board would discipline licensees who get involved in both industries. Officials with the Gaming Control Board were not immediately available for comment Tuesday morning.

M Resort CEO Anthony Marnell has invested in a company that is seeking a Clark County medical marijuana license. An M spokeswoman couldn't immediately comment on the notice.

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