You only have a limited amount of time to register to vote, or update your voter information, for the upcoming 2018 Primary Election on Tuesday, June 12. If you would like to take advantage of early voting, you really need to make sure your registration is in order and soon. Here are the voter registration dates you need to know. If you will be 18 years old by election day, you can register like any other eligible voter.

  • Voter registration by mail: Postmarked no later than May 5, 2018.
  • Voter registration in-person: Last day is May 22, 2018.
  • Voter registration online: Last day is May 24, 2018 (11:59:59 p.m.).
  • Absent ballot request: Received no later than June 5, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.
  • Early voting: May 26 through June 8, 2018.
  • Primary Election day: June 12, 2018.

You can check on your voter registration status by inquiring through the Nevada Secretary of State “Voter Registration Search.” If you have any questions about your voter registration, contact the Washoe County Registrar at (775) 328-3670.

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Reno, recreational marijuana pot, sales, stores dispensaries, Sparks, Carson City, Nevada, NV
Since recreational pot sales became legal in Nevada on July 1, 2017, the industry has taken off big time. You can tell by the tax revenue that’s being generated. The first month produced over $3.5 million for the state treasury and the next two years are projected to result in around $120 million. Most of this will go to Nevada’s schools and some gets socked away in a rainy day fund.

The original four Reno / Sparks dispensaries that started retail recreational sales on July 1 have grown to more than twice that number. Locations have also expanded and now include stores in Sun Valley, Carson City and Incline Village. And as of January 1, 2018, recreational marijuana is legal in neighboring California.

Note that legal recreational marijuana sales are not a license to light up wherever and whenever you please. For a summary list of the rules, licensed dispensaries and more information, refer to “Recreational Marijuana in Reno, Sparks and Nevada.”

Use and possession are still violations of federal law. People are not permitted to smoke or consume marijuana in federally subsidized housing or on any federally owned land / facilities in the State of Nevada. Whether or not the U.S. Department of Justice starts getting heavy handed (as has been threatened by Attorney General Jeff Sessions) with state marijuana legalization laws remains to be seen. From what I’ve seen, the marijuana industry is betting against federal interference despite Sessions’ huffing and puffing. They would be stepping on states’ rights and favorable public sentiment, and killing thousands of marijuana generated jobs.

Reno’s 2018 State of the City address will be on Thursday, January 18, 2018. It will be held at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts (2 blocks south of City Hall at 100 S. Virginia Street) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Doors to the Pioneer Center open at 5 p.m., theater doors open at 6 p.m. and presentations begin at 6:30 p.m.

This event will be quite a bit more than just a speech by Mayor Hillary Schieve, which is to begin around 7 p.m. Other local politicians and dignitaries will be there as well, along with entertainment and Reno’s first ever Community Engagement Fair. The meet-and-greet style fair offers citizens an in-person opportunity to engage with their local government and learn about key city programs, provide input through surveys and discover how they can get involved with through a variety of commissions and boards. A variety of city departments from Arts, Culture and Special Events to Fire and Police will set up booths in the Pioneer Center’s Exhibit Hall.

The theme is “Big Arts Little City” and the event will include arts and culture entertainment by Controlled Burn Reno, Note-Ables, Reno Jazz Orchestra, Sierra Nevada Ballet, TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada and A.V.A. Ballet Theatre.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. No RSVP or tickets required. You will need to get in line for one of the available seats and hope you are able to get in since the Pioneer Center has seating for only 1,488 people.