Pubdate: Mon, 02 Jun 2014
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV)
Copyright: 2014 Las Vegas Review-Journal
Author: Sean Whaley
Page: 2B


Coalition's Website Pushes for Legalized Recreational Use in Nevada

A pro-marijuana group seeking to legalize the recreational use of the
drug in Nevada is getting organized, creating a website where
information about the effort, including how to volunteer, can be found.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in April filed its
petition to send a recreational marijuana proposal to the 2015
Legislature. Its website is http://www.regulatemarijuanainnevada. org/.


The group also has a Facebook page. The initiative petition was filed
by Joe Brezny, executive director of the Nevada Cannabis Industry

To put a petition to change a state law on the ballot in 2016,
supporters must collect 101,667 signatures by Nov. 11. Then
legislators in 2015 could approve or reject the petition. If they
reject it as expected, then it would become a ballot question for
voters to decide in November 2016.

The measure is modeled after the recreational marijuana law approved
by voters in Colorado.

"Our proposal preserves the medical marijuana laws exactly as they
are," Brezny said when the petition was filed. "Patients will be
protected. But it expands the sale of cannabis to adults over age 21.
There is a one-ounce limit."

Internal polling shows support among Nevada voters for legalization by
54 percent to 42 percent, he said. The margin continues to widen in
support of legalization with every new poll, Brezny said.

The proposal would enact a 15 percent tax on the wholesale side of the
recreational marijuana sales with the proceeds, after expenses to run
the program, going to the state public school budget. While it is too
early to predict the potential tax revenue to the state, Brezny said
Nevada easily could match Colorado, which is seeing more than $1
million in revenue each week.

The website includes the full text of the initiative.

Brezny is working with the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy
Project on the petition. The group previously tried legalizing small
amounts of marijuana in Nevada, drawing the support of 39 percent of
voters in 2002 and 44 percent in 2006.

Since then, voters in Colorado and Washington state have legalized
marijuana, though it remains a controlled substance under federal law.

Nevada is authorizing the creation of medical marijuana dispensaries
under a law passed by the 2013 Legislature. The state has had a
medical marijuana program since 2001, but there has been no way for
patients to acquire the drug except by growing their own or buying it
on the black market.
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