Nevada gaming board OKs amendment regarding drug impairment

Gaming regulators are used to tweaking rules to keep up with changes in the industry. On Thursday the Nevada Gaming Commission took a step toward keeping up with societal change. Under an amendment unanimously approved by the five-member commission, casinos will be subject to the same disciplinary standards for letting people gamble while impaired by drugs as they are for letting them play while intoxicated by alcohol. The new rules may result in additional workforce training for floor staff to be aware of potentially impaired patrons. The amendment was one of four considered for final adoption by the commission Thursday. The impairment amendment expands the existing regulation that said “permitting persons who are visibly intoxicated” shouldn’t be allowed to gamble or be served complimentary intoxicating beverages. The proposal was spurred in part by the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana but addresses impairment by both legal and illegal drugs. No one raised any concerns with the proposed changes in a public hearing before the state Gaming Control Board recommended the regulatory update April 4. “We always Read More …