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Nevada: Voters To Decide On Statewide Measure Regulating Marijuana Sales

Nevada medical Marijuana dispensariesBy Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Nevada voters will decide next November on ballot language that seeks to regulate the licensed production and retail sale of cannabis to adults. Lawmakers had until late last week to act on the initiative petition, filed by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), but failed to do so – thus placing the measure on the 2016 electoral ballot.

Proponents of the measure, “The Initiative to Tax and Regulate Marijuana,” turned in over 200,000 signatures from registered Nevada voters in December to qualify it for the ballot.

The ballot language permits adults to possess and grow personal use quantities of cannabis (up to one ounce and/or six plants) for non-commercial purposes. The measure also regulates and taxes the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis.

It states, “The People of the State of Nevada find and declare that the use of marijuana should be legal for persons 21 years of age or older, and its cultivation and sale should be regulated similar to other businesses.”

Similar ballot measures are likely to be decided in 2016 in several other states, including Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Missouri.

For more information on this campaign, please visit: http://www.regulatemarijuanainnevada.org

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  • Medicinal use of cannabis is not new, it has been used as medicine in many cultures for thousands of years. Cannabis was an important America’s pharmacopeia until 1942. It’s medical usage is new to our generation because of the political agenda that suppressed and demonized it for the last 70+ years. Cannabis is able to treat such a wide range of disease through its action on the newly discovered (thanks to cannabis) endocannabinoid system and the receptors CB1 and CB2 which are found throughout the body. An extensive review that examined over 1,300 studies on cannabis and its cannabinoids concluded:

    …In the past decade, the endocannabinoid system has been implicated in a growing number of physiological functions, both in the central and peripheral nervous systems and in peripheral organs. More importantly, modulating the activity of the endocannabinoid system turned out to hold therapeutic promise in a wide range of disparate diseases and pathological conditions, ranging from mood and anxiety disorders, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, neuropathic pain, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury, to cancer, atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction, stroke, hypertension, glaucoma, obesity/metabolic syndrome, and osteoporosis, to name just a few
    Pacher et al. The endocannabinoid system as an emerging target of pharmacotherapy. Pharmacol Rev. 2006. Review.

    It is now documented that nearly all vertebrates, and even some invertebrates, have an endocannabinoid system. It is certainly plausible that cannabis can also have a therapeutic effect on pets.