regulate marijuana like alcohol nevada
Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative Officially Certified

regulate marijuana like alcohol nevadaAn initiative that would legalize marijuana in Nevada has officially been certified by the Nevada Secretary of State. The Nevada Legislature will be given the opportunity to review and pass the initiative, and if the Nevada Legislature fails to do so, the initiative will then automatically go on the 2016 ballot. I’m hopeful that the Nevada Legislature will do what no other state legislature has done before and approve marijuana legalization. But, if not, I’m confident that the citizens of Nevada will approve the initiative on Election Day 2016.

Below is a reaction to the initiative’s certification from my friends at Law Enforcement Against Prohibition:

On Monday, Nevada’s Secretary of State Ross Miller approved an official petition to add marijuana legalization to the 2016 November ballot. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol needed to file 102,000 signatures but ultimately filed about 200,000. If passed, the measure would establish marijuana cultivation and distribution businesses as well as legalize adult possession of up to an ounce.

“Nevada joins an ever-growing list of states with marijuana legalization on the 2016 ballot,” says Maj. Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a law enforcement group opposed to the war on drugs. “Marijuana prohibition has put countless otherwise innocent people in jail and increased street violence just as alcohol prohibition did in the 1920s. Nevada is ready to prioritize public safety and we look forward to seeing their state and others responsibly regulate marijuana so that law enforcement can focus on more pressing crimes.”

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a 501(c)3 nonprofit of law enforcement officers who want to end the war on drugs.

  • Sarijuana

    can you say, hallelujah?

  • Nathaniel

    We have seen what happens when legislators are forced to make tough decisions, they balk at the chance to be stand up guys/gals and defer to their constituents to make the choice. This is not going to get done until the great people of Nevada speak for themselves at the polls.
    Might be a bit of cynicism speaking there, but we had the exact same thing happen here in Oregon. There was a quick public discussion and then the measure got left in a committee never to be revisited.

  • Ron

    Just think about how much money Nevada could make before the 2016 election if the legislature and governor do the sensible thing and legalize it now. Compare what has happened in CO. But maybe Nevada doesn’t need more money.

  • Danny “Goonman” Hassenfaus

    Please see my earlier comment about Nevada (http://www.theweedblog.com/nevada-signatures-marijuana-legalization-vote/).
    I am hoping that Nevada will have the gumption to avoid the pitfalls that I witnessed in Colorado.
    Notably, treating cannabis as if it is some type of plutonium; to be handled and sold with kid cloves on, and allowing petty tyrants to create arbitrary ID checks and dress code regulations. Essentially, I am arguing that Nevada treat cannabis as an intoxicant to be sold to adults in a similar way as they do alcohol and tobacco. Unfortunately this simple expedient did not happen in Colorado. There the prohibitionists were allowed to craft the laws and sales regulations, creating a completely unnecessary hierarchy of control which rewarded aggressive and condescending store owners and their unbalanced employees to engage in extremely petty behavior simply because they could.

    • shmuelman

      One is hard pressed to understand what your problem is with “arbitrary id checks.” It is not arbitrary. Everyone gets an ID check. This is also true when purchasing alcohol and cigarettes. As for “dress code,” I have no idea what you are referring to. I have never seen it. I don’t like the retail cannabis business either, but if you want to see aggressive and condescending – deal with the police on your next purchase and see which you prefer. Over time, prices will come down, supply will go up, and more retail stores will open. Then retail establishments that don’t provide value and service will go out of business, just like in the rest of the market. In fact, right now you have a pretty good selection of stores, so if you can’t deal with a surly 21 year old salesgirl at a retail store, either take an anger management class or move on to another store.
      On the other hand, the idea of seed to harvest tracking, rfid’s on plants is useless. As the cannabis business gets larger, these issues will work themselves out.

      • Danny “Goonman” Hassenfaus

        “Over time, prices will come down, supply will go up, and more retail
        stores will open. Then retail establishments that don’t provide value
        and service will go out of business, just like in the rest of the
        market.” Exactly my point. I’m hoping to see that stage eschewed in Nevada via realistic policy planning. (i.e. how about cannabis stores get to keep the same hours that liquor stores do. Why blue laws for cannabis and not liquor? etc.) Forewarned is forearmed. As for “surly” salesgirls, it’s ghoulish for you to advocate disrespectful behavior as somehow the price of doing business. Perhaps where you come from, and the troglodytes that spawned you, you feel that rudeness and disrespect is the smell of the payroll. Don’t like it? Enroll in state programmed “anger management” classes…, sure guy.