Pubdate: Thu, 30 Jun 2016
Source: Reno News & Review (NV)
Copyright: 2016, Chico Community Publishing, Inc.
Author: Jim Hartman


Nevada voters should brace for millions of dollars from out-of-state 
"Big Marijuana" interests supporting legalization of recreational pot 
on the November ballot. These corporate pot promoters will try to 
repeat what worked for them in legalizing marijuana in Colorado in 
2012. There, they financially overwhelmed opponents by five to one, 
spending $3.4 million (90 percent from outside Colorado) in passing 

The enormous financial advantage for pro-pot advertising in Colorado 
overcame opposition to legalization from most all public 
officials-across the political spectrum from liberal Democrats, like 
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, to 
Republicans, like Attorney General John Suthers and U.S. Rep. Ken 
Buck, a Tea Party favorite. The two leading newspapers in Colorado, 
the Denver Post and Colorado Springs Gazette, opposed legalization, 
as did the Colorado Education Association and the Greater Denver 
Chamber of Commerce.

Big Marijuana will repeat its Colorado advertising falsehoods in 
Nevada-that "regulation" of marijuana means the end of black markets 
and that marijuana taxes will be used for education. The Colorado 
Attorney General and the Governor's "Weed Czar" refute both claims as myths.

Jim Hartman

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