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Nevada Likely Has Enough Signatures To Put Marijuana Legalization To A Vote


regulate marijuana like alcohol nevadaThere are currently four states that have legalized marijuana, along with Washington D.C.. Those states of course are Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. 2015 will likely see one or more states legalize marijuana via their legislature. States that try to legalize via the legislature but don’t succeed will likely push for an initiative for the 2016 election. Nevada is poised to do both. The Nevada Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has turned in enough signatures to put marijuana legalization in front of the Nevada Legislature, and if the Nevada Legislature fails to pass it, it automatically goes before voters in 2016. Per the Las Vegas Review Journal:

Joe Brezny with the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol said the group plans to turn in about 170,000 signatures to county clerks on Wednesday. The group needs 101,667 signatures from registered Nevada voters to qualify the measure.

Brezny said he expects to have nearly two times the number of signatures needed in each of the state’s four congressional districts.

The deadline for initiative petitions is Tuesday, but since it is Veterans Day and a state and federal holiday, Brezny said Wednesday is the deadline.

Polling has been favorable to marijuana legalization in Nevada. If enough of the signatures are validated, which I’m sure that will happen, than the Nevada Legislature will be in a similar position that the Oregon Legislature was in. The organizers behind Oregon Measure 91 came to the Oregon Legislature first to give them a chance to do what was right and end marijuana prohibition. It afforded an opportunity to the Oregon Legislature to have a say in what marijuana legalization would look like. The Oregon Legislature essentially passed on the offer, and now gets to live with the will of the voters (which is a good thing!). Hopefully the Nevada Legislature will be more sensible, and if not, here’s to Nevada legalizing in 2016!


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  1. the beginning of the long rocky road to the repeal of prohibition…. how’s the underground community doing in places where legal stores are not “allowed”?

  2. I wish this wasn’t a case of rogues growing on federal land. It’s not very good press for marijuana advocates. I’m really not a fan of these people growing in our national forests for so many reasons. I guess the best possible outcome for these defendants is a lower sentence. But if the grow wasn’t on federal land, this case wouldn’t have ended up in front of a circuit court judge, right?

    I’m feeling good about this case, being that the best and ONLY witness for the prosecution was this lame lady from Harvard who claims that, if the FDA isn’t seeing enough evidence of the efficacy of marijuana as medicine, that proves that it isn’t medicine. What a crock of shit. Everyone knows the FDA has a shitty track record of pushing through drugs that DO kill people, and then they have to recall the drugs. Check out this article from earlier this year…

    Certainly this judge is better that that. Certainly she realizes what a lame testimony that is, right?

  3. HUGE Case even to be heard ……

    I’m thinking this is the start of the end of prohibition!

  4. Stevie "Goonman" Haussenfaus on

    Living in Colorado during the first days of legalization was something of a let down. Long lines, over-priced weed, aggressive and impolite sales staff were not what I and many others expected to find as a result of the implementation humane drug policies on a state level. For the first time in their lives semi-literate stoner chicks had authority to shake down clientele for dress code and ID violations, and they wielded their power like nobodies business. Customers were considered lowly supplicants and referred to disdainfully as “buddy”. At one place in Denver a girl with multiple hemp friendship bracelets smacked my ID in her hand, performing some bizarre power ritual, then refused to give it directly back to me. I had to cross a turnstile for her grace to deign to give it back. All the while loud and violent rap music blared from the speakers as clientele fought to pay three times what the weed was actually worth. What the early gold rush days of cannabis legalization in Denver showed, above all else, was homo homini lupis. What we hope to see in Nevada and elsewhere that chooses legalization of cannabis is merely the sale of a harmless intoxicant at a decent price with respect to the customer like anywhere else. I mean, when was the last time you bought a bottle of wine from a store and the staff looked you over like you should be on your knees? “We’ve got what you want, are you good enough for us to sell it to you?”

  5. Stevie "Goonman" Haussenfaus on

    That’s nice and all but the judiciary already views California as a wayward child. The Ninth Circuit based in California has always come up with human legislation that’s always getting shot down by the dour justices of the Supreme Court. Let’s hope this case is an exception!

  6. Fu~k em they have the jails busting at the seams. Everyone should smoke it right in front of their faces what are they going to do put hundreds of thousands of people in jails that are overcapacity now?

  7. [Federal] Judge Could Smash Marijuana Law
    A U.S. District Judge in California is examining the legality of America’s marijuana laws, and she may be on the verge of throwing the entire system into chaos.

    “It’s earth-shattering to even have this hearing,”
    per Stetson University College of Law Professor Adam Levine..

    Case: “United States v. Pickard, et. al., No. 2:11-CR-0449-KJ”

    This could be Huge! No matter which way the judge rules, the case will be appealed to the next-higher court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. This is a story more than worth following.
    About $14 billion worth.

    ” .. if all 50 states and the federal government legalized cannabis, combined sales for both medical and retail marijuana could balloon to $35 billion a year by 2020.. If the federal government doesn’t end prohibition and the trajectory of state legalization continues on its current path, with more, but not all, states legalizing marijuana in some form, the industry in 2020 would still be worth $21 billion..” according to a new report from GreenWave Advisors, a research and advisory firm that serves the emerging marijuana industry in the U.S.

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