Night sky over The Rio in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Thomas Hawk

The 5th Annual Marijuana Business Conference & Expo will be hosted at The Rio in Las Vegas, Nevada next month; however, according to a memo sent to Caesar employees (Caesar’s owns The Rio), individuals caught possessing cannabis will be turned over to Metro Las Vegas Police.

The memo, which was shared by Denver, Colorado-based Hoban Law Group, reads in part:

“If a Club Venue employee observes an individual (guest or co-worker) with Narcotics, that observation is required to result in the detaining of that individual for either trespass or investigation of illegal controlled substance. The Club Venue does NOT have the discretion to only trespass an individual when the quantity of narcotics exceeds personal one time use.  That individual is to be detained, evidence properly seized and held in custody and the individual is to be turned over to Metro or GCB for prosecution. The Club does NOT have the authority or discretion to trespass and walk out a guest who has more narcotics on him than he can use personally one time.”

If the amount of cannabis found on an individual is in excess of “personal one time use” police will be called. If the amount is considered less than personal one time use the individual will be issued a lifetime ban from all Caesar’s properties, according to the memo.

“This procedure has no exceptions,” the memo reads. “We need to understand this is the intent of the Club Venue Regulations to clean up drugs in the Clubs, not push the problem to the street.”

According to the conference policies, cannabis product use is forbidden during any of the conference events.

Medical marijuana use is permitted in Nevada and the law allows for reciprocity with out-of-state cardholders, but neither the Expo policies nor the Caesar’s directive give any instructions for medical marijuana cardholders.  

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