Benjamin Bey of Soul D’licious Seasonings and co-host Stephanie Magurno of THC Production, LLC interview Tick Segerblom, the “Godfather of Cannabis” in Nevada. The former state senator and current Clark Country Commissioner talks about opening up consumption lounges in Nevada. Additionally, he talks about his ideas on how to bring more women and people of color into ownership positions in the industry. Finally, he discusses his vision for Las Vegas as a cannabis tourist destination.
About Tick Segerblom
Nevada State Senator Richard “Tick” Segerblom descends from a long line of legislators. In fact, Tick Segerblom is a fourth-generation legislator. Segerblom, a Nevada attorney, was instrumental in getting cannabis legalized in the state of Nevada, and continues to shape and monitor industry developments. He’s also a member of Freedom Leaf’s board of directors. He represented Las Vegas in the Nevada Assembly from 2007 to 2013 and as a State Senator from 2013 to 2017, earning a reputation quickly as a staunch Progressive on issues like equal rights and cannabis legalization.
As a product of the 1960s, Tick Segerblom saw cannabis use as a simple non-issue that was later turned into a vehicle for oppression and suppression by the state. As a consumer of cannabis, he knew there was little to no issues of concern when it came to legalization. However, he saw cannabis being treated similarly to Heroin, in regards to government classification. After involving himself in law and politics, he chose to make cannabis legalization his signature issue in 2013.
In addition to working as a lawyer, Tick has focused on improving opportunities and services for people in Southern Nevada. He believes Clark County should plan more deliberately for the kind of metropolis it wants to be in ten years. He aims to direct the government to improve Nevada residents’ daily lives. Additionally, he aims to tackle issues of diversity and environmental challenges while also nurturing newly-emerging industries like tech and cannabis sales.
The Godfather of Cannabis
In November of 2016, Nevadans overwhelmingly voted in favor of legalizing recreational cannabis. At that point, Tick Segerblom immediately began working to ensure the law was enacted as efficiently and as logically as possible. It was because of Tick’s efforts that cannabis dispensaries began to open for recreational business in less than eight months after the public referendum.
Tick lead Clark County into this new era, having already spent years in the legislature writing the bills that allowed cannabis innovators to plant seeds in Nevada. The Nevada cannabis industry has grown exponentially thanks to these regulations, which were inspired by studying best practices in California, Colorado, Arizona, and Washington. As a result, Nevada is now the gold standard for cannabis regulation.
However, Tick Segerblom doesn’t plan to stop his valiant crusade to get the plant to the people. Now, Tick had focused his passion for cannabis rights and legalization on Clark County. According to Tick Segerblom, “Las Vegas is America’s playground, and in order to maintain our status as the go-to place for adventurous celebrations, we need to make cannabis use an option in specially-designated businesses, parks, and venues.” Tick also believes that resort/hotels must be permitted to allow cannabis use on their property in order to make this dream a reality.
Additionally, Tick is dedicated to making sure that small Nevada cannabis companies remain players in the market. Thanks to Tick Segerblom and others like him, the Nevada cannabis industry now employs thousands of Nevadans, provides millions in tax revenue and the businesses themselves have been models for other states looking to explore cannabis legalization. As a result of Tick’s tireless efforts, we have safer streets, well-tested product, and a better system for the state of Nevada. We all owe him a debt of gratitude for his tireless efforts.
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