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Nevada’s Campaign To Legalize Cannabis In 2016 Has Begun


nevada marijuanaThe 2010 Election saw California become the first state to vote on cannabis legalization. The 2012 Election led to Colorado and Washington becoming the first two states to legalize cannabis in America. The 2014 Election will likely see Oregon and Alaska added to the list of states where cannabis is legal. 2016 is already shaping up to be a very big year for reform, with numerous states planning campaigns.

One of those states is Nevada, which launched its campaign recently. Per 8NewsNow:

A coalition aimed at legalizing all marijuana use in Nevada launched a petition drive Tuesday in hopes of collecting more than 100,000 signatures.

State Senator Tick Segerblom and Joe Brezny, the former Republican Senate Caucus executive director, kicked off the drive by being the first to sign the petition. Their goal is to get enough signatures that support ending marijuana prohibition in Nevada. Both men are part of the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.

Nevada would benefit greatly from reform. Considering the fact that places like Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Las Vegas are already top tourist destinations, legalizing recreational cannabis sales would generate enormous amounts of tax revenues, jobs, and money for the local economy. Currently, possession, cultivation, or distribution of cannabis in Nevada results in fines, rehab, and potential jail time.

2016 is a ways away, but if Nevada legalizes cannabis sales, the wait will be well worth it. Starting the campaign early is a great move, and it’s a strategy that I hope other states follow. It’s time every state takes a new approach.

Source: International Cannabis Business Conference


About Author

Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri. As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties. You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.


  1. A supporter asked me to sign in the albertsons parking lot on North Durango and Farm Rd. and I gladly signed. I agree with you though, people need a location they can go to in order to sign this very important petition.

  2. stopthemadness on

    I live in SW Las Vegas have yet to see a single person seeking signatures for this? Any ideas on where to sign?

  3. People of Nevada seek out this petition please sign it show our country that A overwhelming amount of people want reform and legalization Show our president and our congress men.

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