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1 US NV: Nevada Has A Drug Problem: Shops Are Running Out Of MarijuanaTue, 11 Jul 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Lee, Kurtis Area:Nevada Lines:141 Added:07/14/2017

Nevada officials have declared a state of emergency over marijuana: There's not enough of it.

Since recreational pot became legal two weeks ago, retail dispensaries have struggled to keep their shelves stocked and say they will soon run out if nothing is done to fix a broken supply chain.

"We didn't know the demand would be this intense," Al Fasano, cofounder of Las Vegas ReLeaf, said Tuesday. "All of a sudden you have like a thousand people at the door.aE&We have to tell people we're limited in our products."

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2US NV: Nevada Marijuana Stores Are Running Out Of WeedMon, 10 Jul 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Rodriguez, Robert Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:07/14/2017

Nevada's recreational marijuana supply is drying up.

A lesson there for California?

Nevada is running out of weed -- the legal kind.

About a week after the state legalized the use of recreational pot, the state's 47 licensed marijuana stores are nearly depleted. The unexpected shortage was caused by a bottleneck in granting distribution licenses and legal challenges.

California officials better be watching carefully. Its voters legalized recreational marijuana use in November and come next Jan. 1 you will be legally allowed to buy marijuana in cities where it's allowed.

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3US NV: Some Nevada Pot Retailers 'Running On Fumes'Tue, 11 Jul 2017
Source:Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA) Author:Sonner, Scott Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:07/11/2017

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Most of Nevada's recreational marijuana retailers are optimistic an emergency regulation that state officials are expected to approve will help keep them from running out of pot supplies, but some are "running on fumes," an industry official said Tuesday.

The State Tax Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on an emergency measure Gov. Brian Sandoval endorsed late last week in an effort to allow the state to issue pot distribution licenses currently banned by a court order.

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4 US NV: Las Vegas Adds A New Lure To Its Repertoire With Legalized PotSat, 01 Jul 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Lee, Kurtis Area:Nevada Lines:71 Added:07/04/2017

They arrived -- by the hundreds, on foot, in party buses and Uber rides -- at a strip mall marijuana dispensary, and the merchandise started flying off the shelf: Snake Eyes OG, double chocolate chunk brownie bites.

"What we're experiencing right here and now is history," Ross Goodman, co-owner of Las Vegas ReLeaf, said early Saturday as he stood behind a glass counter at the pot shop watching staff shuffle patrons in and out. "This is the future and we're a part of ending prohibition."

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5 US NV: Nevada's On-Again Off-Again Marijuana Sales Back OnFri, 23 Jun 2017
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Sonner, Scott Area:Nevada Lines:38 Added:06/23/2017

RENO, Nev. -- Nevada's marijuana regulators may have found a way around a judge's order that threatens to block the state's first recreational pot sales scheduled to begin next month.

Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed onto an emergency regulation intended to allow recreational sales to begin July 1 at some existing medical dispensaries.

Nevada Department of Taxation spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein says the agency plans to issue recreational retail licenses next week even if it doesn't approve any distribution licenses caught up in a Carson City judge's court order.

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6 US NV: Nevada Still Plans To Issue Pot Licenses July 1Mon, 19 Jun 2017
Source:Washington Post (DC)          Area:Nevada Lines:121 Added:06/21/2017

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The Latest on the legal battle of the launch of Nevada's recreational pot sales

The deputy director of Nevada's Department of Taxation says state regulators still intend to have the necessary licenses in place July 1 to start selling marijuana for recreational use despite an ongoing lawsuit over the regulations.

Anna Thornley testified in Carson City District Court on Monday that the state has planned since February to have the "early start" program up and running by July to start bringing in tax revenue before a permanent system must be adopted on Jan. 1, 2018.

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7 US NV: Stoner's Dream Machine Rolls 100 Joints In Three MinutesTue, 13 Jun 2017
Source:New York Post (NY) Author:Kaplan, Michael Area:Nevada Lines:51 Added:06/13/2017

In Nevada, marijuana is slated to be legalized for recreational use on July 1 -- as soon as it is, the folks at Acres Cannabis in Las Vegas look forward to selling some 5,000 joints in just 48 hours.

Their plans to meet the crush for kush are more sophisticated than enlisting a bunch of stoners to twist up fatties. Instead, the dispensary will be using the Futurola Knockbox, a Dutch-made contraption that rolls out 100 joints every three minutes or so.

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8 US NV: If Question 2 Passes, Marijuana Customers Could Increase ByFri, 04 Nov 2016
Source:Las Vegas Sun (NV) Author:Kudialis, Chris Area:Nevada Lines:187 Added:11/08/2016

Next week, Nevada will have the chance to join four other states to allow legalized recreational marijuana for adults.

Ballot Question 2 would not only allow Nevadans age 21 and older to have easier access to pot, it could provide more than $1.1 billion in tax revenue and economic activity over the course of the proposed law's initial eight years, according to a study by Las Vegas-based RCG Economics.

Armen Yemenidjian, president and CEO of the three Essence Cannabis Dispensaries in the Las Vegas Valley, is ready for the change.

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9US NV: Experts: Marijuana's Function As Gateway Drug In DisputeFri, 04 Nov 2016
Source:Pahrump Valley Times (NV) Author:Usufzy, Pashtana Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:11/08/2016

Discussions of legalizing the use of marijuana often revolve around the contention that pot functions as a "gateway drug" - a substance that can lead individuals to abuse "harder" substances like cocaine or heroin.

That assertion, which has been raised in connection with Nevada's Question 2 on the Nov. 8 ballot, has some support in the scientific community, but experts say a lack of definitive research on the subject leaves plenty of room for argument.

"There's not enough evidence to prove (it) one way or another," said Nathan Gillespie, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University who has done research on drug use and genetics.

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10US NV: OPED: Question 2 Its Wrong For NevadaThu, 03 Nov 2016
Source:Reno Gazette-Journal (NV) Author:Hartman, Jim Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:11/08/2016

Question 2 before Nevada voters asks whether marijuana should be fully legal and widely available for recreational, commercial sale. Our state has already decriminalized the drug for small quantity possession, and marijuana is now legally available for medical use.

Question 2 is a 13-page initiative written by the commercial marijuana industry. It's an "insiders business plan" to benefit Big Marijuana "potpreneurs." The initiative would create a new state bureaucracy in the Department of Taxation to regulate the drug and set wholesale prices. It gives monopoly powers to existing medical marijuana retailers and liquor wholesalers, while criminalizing Nevada citizens growing marijuana within 25 miles of proponents' pot shops.

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11US NV: Editorial: Legal Pot And The Most VulnerableFri, 04 Nov 2016
Source:Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV)          Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:11/08/2016

Residents in Nevada and four other states - California, Massachusetts, Maine and Arizona - will learn sometime Tuesday night whether voters have approved ballot measures to legalize marijuana. And as multiple recent reports have noted, states that take this leap will almost assuredly experience unintended trickle-down consequences, particularly for young people.

For instance, David Kroll, writing for Forbes.com on California's Proposition 64, reported this past week on the work of Michael Taffe, a drug abuse researcher at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. In an informative Facebook post addressing many of his concerns with Prop 64 and similar initiatives in other states, Dr. Taffe notes that 5 to 6 percent of high school seniors in America already use marijuana daily. Further, Dr. Taffe points out that marijuana has a conditional probability of dependence - an addiction rate - of 9 percent, more than twice that of alcohol, which is at 4 percent.

Dr. Taffe also rightly notes that the scope of the addiction depends on how many people are using it - a number certain to increase with marijuana legalization.

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12US NV: Tommy Chong To Visit Las Vegas To Promote Marijuana BallotFri, 04 Nov 2016
Source:Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) Author:Elfman, Doug Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:11/08/2016

When Tommy Chong served nine months in prison for selling bongs, prison executives used him and other famous prisoners as sightseeing stops on metaphorical map-of-the-stars tours for visiting dignitaries.

Similarly, Charles Manson and Bernie Madoff were sightseeing stars in their prisons, said Chong, who will be in Vegas on Election Day to promote Nevada's legal marijuana Question 2.

"People come to visit the prisons - people in the industry - and when I was in there, they'd trot me out. They'd come and visit their famous prisoners," Chong said.

"They would give tours," he added. "If you're a celebrity, you get treated very well, because you're a draw."

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13US NV: OPED: Gov. Sandoval Opposes Question 2Wed, 02 Nov 2016
Source:Reno Gazette-Journal (NV) Author:Sandoval, Governor Brian Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:11/02/2016

I oppose Question 2, the measure on the ballot to approve recreational use and possession of certain amounts of marijuana.

Historically, in response to criminal justice and health issues, Nevadans have given marijuana policy a thoughtful and careful examination. Policy makers have reduced penalties for possession of small quantities of the drug and built a framework for legal distribution of medical marijuana to patients who have a recommendation from a licensed physician.

Now, Question 2 asks Nevadans to legalize marijuana for recreational use. We should vote no on Question 2 for many reasons.

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14 US NV: PUB LTE: Over The TopThu, 27 Oct 2016
Source:Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) Author:White, Stan Area:Nevada Lines:32 Added:11/01/2016

In response to the Sunday commentary, "High-risk proposal": Cannabis prohibitionist, Dr. R.J. Petrella, echoed the prohibitionist government's lies, half-truths and propaganda right on queue but added enough additional discredited claims to make one believe that re-legalizing the plant equates to the end of the world.

I'd like to say Colorado voters heard it all before and voted, but Dr. Pertella went over the top in a way that is just plain preposterous.

One example is his rants about cannabis and cancer, which is interesting since cannabis has never caused a single case of cancer in more than 5,000 years of documented use. Compare that to cigarettes, which kill more than 1,000 Americans daily.

A sane or moral argument to continue punishing responsible adults who choose to use the relatively safe, God-given plant simply doesn't exist.

Stan White

Dillon, Colo.

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15 US NV: PUB LTE: Time To Re-Legalize CannabisThu, 27 Oct 2016
Source:Elko Daily Free Press (NV) Author:White, Stan Area:Nevada Lines:31 Added:10/28/2016

Editor:

All Huff And Puff (Oct. 20, 2016) was one of the more informative articles I've read regarding RE-legalizing cannabis (marijuana) in Nevada. Colorado citizens heard all the cannabis prohibitionist rhetoric and voted and every subsequent poll indicates citizens continue supporting the end of cannabis prohibition. There is every reason to believe when Nevada citizens end cannabis prohibition, you will not look back with regret either.

It's time for America to stop caging responsible adults for using the relatively safe God-given plant cannabis. A sane argument to continue cannabis prohibition doesn't exist.

Stan White

Dillon, Colorado

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16 US NV: PUB LTE: Vote To End Marijuana Prohibition In NevadaThu, 27 Oct 2016
Source:North Lake Tahoe Bonanza (NV) Author:White, Stan Area:Nevada Lines:37 Added:10/28/2016

Regarding ending cannabis prohibition, as referenced in the Oct. 19 Bonanza article, "Election 2016: To legalize marijuana in Nevada or to not legalize," Colorado citizens heard it all before and voted.

Every subsequent poll indicates citizens continue supporting the end of cannabis prohibition and there is every reason to believe when Nevada (and California) citizens end cannabis prohibition, you will not look back with regret either.

To expose just one aspect of the farce: When, "Seventy-five percent of people in the Washoe County rehab centers are in there for marijuana abuse," voters should ask, how many are there who honestly need rehab vs. those who are there to avoid going to jail?

Then ask Mr. Jason Guinasso, "For whose benefit?"

It's time for America to stop caging responsible adults for using the relatively safe God-given plant cannabis. A sane argument to continue cannabis prohibition doesn't exist.

Stan White

Dillon, Colorado

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17 US NV: PUB LTE: Coloradans Don't Regret Pot LegalizationTue, 25 Oct 2016
Source:Reno Gazette-Journal (NV) Author:White, Stan Area:Nevada Lines:25 Added:10/26/2016

Tom Hellmann ("Pot OK Would Be "Pouring Gasoline On The Fire," Voices, Oct. 21) is mistaken to believe Colorado has "regrets" regarding cannabis (marijuana) and our end to cannabis prohibition. Every subsequent poll indicates citizens continue supporting the end of that quagmire. There is every reason to believe when Nevada citizens end cannabis prohibition, citizens will not look back with regret either.

It's time for America to stop caging responsible adults for using the relatively safe God-given plant cannabis.

Stan White, Dillon, Colorado

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18 US NV: PUB LTE: 'Recreational' Does Not Equal Drug AbuseThu, 20 Oct 2016
Source:Reno Gazette-Journal (NV) Author:Campbell, Diane Area:Nevada Lines:32 Added:10/24/2016

On Question 2: We're considering here a plant that has been used in every recorded civilization and I can't really believe that the U.S. of A. got onto a magic secret in 1930 that made it worthwhile to destroy lives for its possession. Even now, in many states, if police confiscate assets in a search, they don't need to return these assets if the case is lost or not pursued. While this often does not include actual plant material, it does often include cash. Legislation encourages state/federal tension.

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19 US NV: PUB LTE: Legalize Cannabis And Teach Kids Good Decision-MakingWed, 19 Oct 2016
Source:Reno Gazette-Journal (NV) Author:Gorman, Joe Area:Nevada Lines:34 Added:10/24/2016

Even as a business owner and father of two children, I am convinced that legalizing cannabis is the right choice for Nevada. TV ads decrying the dangers of edible cannabis for children miss the point: Cannabis-related hospitalizations in Colorado still make up a tiny fraction of total poisonings and have led to no reported deaths.

Legalization will not change child endangerment laws or the importance of responsible parenting. And arguments that legalization will affect older children's educational development also ring hollow.

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20 US NV: PUB LTE: Vote No On 2 Big MarijuanaThu, 20 Oct 2016
Source:Elko Daily Free Press (NV) Author:Hartman, Jim Area:Nevada Lines:55 Added:10/24/2016

Question 2 before Nevada voters asks whether marijuana should be fully legal and widely available for recreational commercial sale. Our state has already decriminalized the drug for small quantity possession and marijuana is now legally available for medical use.

Question 2 is a 13-page initiative written by the commercial marijuana industry. It's an "insiders business plan" to benefit Big Marijuana "potpreneurs." Passage would create a state government-run marijuana program, transforming the Department of Taxation into a large, expensive bureaucracy. It will give monopoly powers to existing medical marijuana retailers and liquor wholesalers, while criminalizing Nevada citizens growing marijuana within 25 miles of proponents' pot shops.

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21 US NV: OPED: All Huff And PuffThu, 20 Oct 2016
Source:Elko Daily Free Press (NV) Author:Knecht, Ron Area:Nevada Lines:104 Added:10/24/2016

Nevadans will vote in coming days on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana here, as four other states have already done.

Both advocates and opponents have made strident cases to support their views. However, the two camps cite data that appears to conflict. We have mixed views on this initiative, but we are interested in informational clarity.

So, we were delighted recently to read an analysis of the objective trends by Harvard economics professor Jeffrey Miron and his co-authors. They use recent data from Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska to dispel many myths propagated by both sides.

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22 US NV: LTE: Vote No On Question 2 - Big Marijuana PushFri, 21 Oct 2016
Source:Pahrump Valley Times (NV) Author:Hartman, Jim Area:Nevada Lines:52 Added:10/24/2016

Question 2 before Nevada voters asks whether marijuana should be fully legal and widely available for recreational commercial sale. Our state has already decriminalized the drug for small quantity possession and marijuana is now legally available for medical use.

Question 2 is a 13-page initiative written by the commercial marijuana industry. It's an "insider's business plan" to benefit big marijuana "potpreneurs". Passage would create a state government-run marijuana program, transforming the Department of Taxation into a large, expensive bureaucracy.

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23 US NV: Election 2016: To Legalize Marijuana In Nevada Or To NotWed, 19 Oct 2016
Source:North Lake Tahoe Bonanza (NV) Author:Anderson, Kayla Area:Nevada Lines:181 Added:10/24/2016

NCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - An 8-member panel of students and experts spent two hours Tuesday night exploring the individual views of those in favor of and against Nevada's Measure 2 - which proposes the legalization of marijuana for recreational use for those 21 and older.

Dr. Andrew Whyman hosted the forum at Sierra Nevada College, opening up the discussion with topics surrounding marijuana about stigma, social justice, criminal justice, how it impacts youth, regulation, legislation and more.

As for panel members, despite their titles, some said they came on their own accord, and thus their views do not represent the views of their organizations.

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24 US NV: OPED: Mental Health Matters: The Great Marijuana LegalizationWed, 19 Oct 2016
Source:North Lake Tahoe Bonanza (NV) Author:Whyman, Andrew Area:Nevada Lines:116 Added:10/24/2016

This is the fourth in a series on Drugs and Drug Prohibition. Today's column focuses on cannabis or marijuana.

Marijuana, a remarkably resilient plant, has accompanied mankind's journey in populating the planet from the Neolithic period to the present. Aside from the frozen tundra of the far North, the plant has flourished since the dawn of agriculture over 10,000 years ago.

The stems and stalks provided cloth and cordage; the seeds, protein and fatty acid; the roots, leaves, and flowers used in rituals, as medicinals, and as a euphoriant or recreant.

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25 US NV: LTE: Pot OK Would Be 'Pouring Gasoline On The Fire'Fri, 21 Oct 2016
Source:Reno Gazette-Journal (NV) Author:Hellmann, Tom Area:Nevada Lines:29 Added:10/24/2016

Hopefully the people of our state will have enough sense to vote against recreational marijuana. We already have terrible drug problems in this country and this would just be pouring gasoline on the fire. Marijuana may not be addictive per se but if someone is curious enough to try it the first time, many will be curious enough to try something harder later. We are just starting to hear some of the regrets coming out of Colorado and Washington (rime, DUI, health, etc.).

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26US NV: Marijuana Opponents Debut Campaign Ads Against Question 2 InFri, 21 Oct 2016
Source:Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) Author:Lochhead, Colton Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:10/22/2016

Opponents of legalizing recreational marijuana in Nevada joined the fight with barely two months left in the election cycle, but they've wasted little time in rolling out a well-funded ad campaign.

Question 2 foes launched their first series of digital and television ads focusing on children's exposure to marijuana and public safety issues.

Their funding came mostly from Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson, whose donations made up $2 million of the $2.1 million raised by Protecting Nevada's Children PAC, according to campaign finance reports released Tuesday. The PAC was formed in early September to oppose Question 2, which would allow adults 21 or older to legally purchase and use marijuana in Nevada.

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27 US NV: Two Las Vegas Marijuana Dispensaries Ranked Among The BestFri, 21 Oct 2016
Source:Las Vegas Sun (NV) Author:Kudialis, Chris Area:Nevada Lines:43 Added:10/22/2016

Two Las Vegas medical marijuana dispensaries have been ranked among the top 25 dispensaries in the United States by a national publication.

Essence Vegas and The Grove were ranked 22nd and 25th, respectively, by Business Insider in a Sept. 20 list of the top marijuana dispensaries selling either recreational or medicinal marijuana. The rankings evaluated more than 500 marijuana facilities across 25 states and the District of Columbia.

The list cited Essence's on-site nurse and quality service as reasons for giving the Las Vegas Boulevard dispensary its top ranking among Silver State dispensaries, while The Grove on Swenson Street earned high marks for offering a signature dispensary joint rolled in gold-plated paper.

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28 US NV: Editorial: Here's Why Ballot Questions On Guns, MarijuanaWed, 19 Oct 2016
Source:Las Vegas Sun (NV)          Area:Nevada Lines:81 Added:10/22/2016

There are several ways to measure the failure of the War on Drugs, starting with its role in sending a grossly disproportionate number of African-Americans to prison.

Not far down the list is how the initiative affected marijuana supply and demand. Despite hundreds of billions of dollars in expenditures and decades of effort on drug eradication, millions of Americans continue to use the drug.

Look it up. The 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the most recent year available, shows that 22.2 million Americans had used the drug within the past month when they were surveyed. Compared to 2002, marijuana use was up among all age groups survey save for one: 12- to 17-year-olds. Among the U.S. population of 18- to 25-year-olds, 22 percent were users.

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29 US NV: PUB LTE: Pot Got Colorado $1 Billion; Why Not AllThu, 01 Sep 2016
Source:Reno Gazette-Journal (NV) Author:Cox-Elander, Christian Area:Nevada Lines:19 Added:09/02/2016

Just in the last year alone, Colorado has brought in $1 billion from the distribution of recreational marijuana. It is generally boosting the economy's revenue. Why wouldn't all states legalize recreational use of weed when it benefited Colorado so much?

Christian Cox-Elander, Reno

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30 US NV: PUB LTE: Question TwoThu, 01 Sep 2016
Source:Reno News & Review (NV) Author:Bergland, Craig Area:Nevada Lines:34 Added:09/01/2016

Regarding the incessant hysteria about legalizing pot-having smoked it for 49 years now, I think it is about time to legalize. So, if you don't like it, then don't smoke it.

And I hope all you stoners will get off the couch and go vote! Because you did not vote in '06, legalization lost by about 6 percent.

Don't you think it's time to get into the real world and quit pretending it's still 1950? And no, it should not be legal for minors. Their brains are not yet fully developed, in my humble opinion.

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31 US NV: Column: Pot Tale Of The WeekThu, 01 Sep 2016
Source:Reno News & Review (NV) Author:Myers, Dennis Area:Nevada Lines:52 Added:09/01/2016

On Aug. 22, the Tahoe Daily Tribune ran a story about Incline Village prohibitionist Jason Guinasso. (The piece previously appeared in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza.) The article carried this quote from Guinasso: "At the end of the day, when we just committed to the biggest tax increase toward education, now we're legalizing marijuana to contribute to a lack of performance and addiction? ... It impacts our ability to educate."

The article also reported, "He [Guinasso] cites a study from Duke University that tells how a person's IQ drops 8 percentage points by using marijuana."

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32US NV: OPED: Opponents Of Legal Pot Must Speak UpSun, 28 Aug 2016
Source:Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) Author:Hartman, Jim Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:08/28/2016

Voters in the commonwealth of Massachusetts will face Question 4 on their November ballot, a measure that mirrors Nevada's Question 2. Both would usher in the commercialization of legalized marijuana. Both initiatives were drafted and are promoted by the Marijuana Policy Project, based in Washington, D.C.. Each is locally sponsored by a "Committee to Regulate and Tax Marijuana Like Alcohol."

Surprisingly, the pushback against legalization for the commercial marijuana industry has been much more emphatic in liberal Massachusetts than in Nevada. In May, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker made common cause with three leading Democrats - Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Attorney General Maura Healey. Together, they formed an opposition organization, The Committee for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts.

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33US NV: Laxalt, Police Leaders Oppose Recreational PotFri, 26 Aug 2016
Source:Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) Author:Chereb, Sandra Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:08/26/2016

CARSON CITY - State Attorney General Adam Laxalt and other law enforcement leaders declared their opposition Thursday to a Nevada ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana.

At a news conference in front of the Legislative Building, Laxalt said Question 2, if approved by voters in November, would harm Nevada children and lead to accidental poisonings, addiction and increased road fatalities.

Question 2 would allow people age 21 and older to possess 1 ounce of marijuana for personal use. It would restrict who can grow, test, process and distribute recreational pot to those already licensed to do the same with medical marijuana or who run liquor distributorships.

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34 US NV: Column: Pot Tale Of The WeekThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Reno News & Review (NV) Author:Myers, Dennis Area:Nevada Lines:70 Added:08/25/2016

The Las Vegas Review-Journal recently editorialized, "And no matter how much pot enthusiasts argue otherwise, marijuana is both addictive-one in 10 people who try pot will become hooked on it-and a gateway to more deadly drugs that kill more than 45,000 Americans a year." We dealt with the gateway theory in our July 21 edition, noting that marijuana functions as a barrier to more deadly drugs. We turn now to addiction.

The RJ does not cite any evidence for addiction-nor does it emphasize that only one in 10 people-fewer, actually-are addicted to marijuana, nor does it mention that it is a mild addiction, akin to coffee. Nor does it explain why a major public policy choice should be keyed to a tiny slice of the population. Perhaps "And no matter how much pot enthusiasts argue otherwise" means that the newspaper believes that whoever repeats its viewpoint loudest and longest wins and avoids the necessity of supplying evidence. Here, however, we believe in science.

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35 US NV: Column: Pot Tale Of The WeekThu, 18 Aug 2016
Source:Reno News & Review (NV) Author:Myers, Dennis Area:Nevada Lines:41 Added:08/18/2016

In an interview with Guy Farmer in the Nevada Appeal, prohibitionist Genoa lawyer Jim Hartman said of Colorado marijuana supporters, "They claimed the marijuana black market would disappear with legalization, but it didn't."

Here's the part Hartman didn't tell Farmer-legalization never came to Colorado. It came to certain places, but remains illegal in more than 240 towns and cities and broad swaths of the state. So there is still a black market. Colorado Amendment 64, enacted by voters in 2012, left it up to communities to decide whether to make marijuana legal.

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36US NV: OPED: The Missing Scientific Case For Medical PotSun, 14 Aug 2016
Source:Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV)          Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2016

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has just issued a helpful reminder to all Americans. In denying a petition to loosen restrictions on marijuana, the agency repeated that the drug has "no currently accepted medical use" in the United States.

This may come as a surprise, given that 25 states - including Nevada - - already allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to treat maladies from PTSD to Alzheimer's disease. Yet the truth is, research has yet to find firm evidence that marijuana can alleviate physical suffering.

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37 US NV: Column: Pot Tale Of The WeekThu, 11 Aug 2016
Source:Reno News & Review (NV) Author:Myers, Dennis Area:Nevada Lines:48 Added:08/11/2016

After we reported that federal and Colorado state figures conflict with a claim that Colorado teen use of marijuana has "gone up since legalization" ("Pot tale of the week," RN&R, July 28), prohibitionist Genoa lawyer Jim Hartman sent us a link to a report issued by the "Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area" (RMHIDTA).

We were aware of the report. It does indeed indicate that teen marijuana use in Colorado is higher than the national average. What it neglects to include in that statistic is the fact that its numbers nevertheless still show a level of teen use in the state that is lower than it was before legalization. In other words, teen use has gone down since marijuana became legal.

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38 US NV: Is Big Marijuana Calling the Shots in Nevada? HardlyTue, 09 Aug 2016
Source:Las Vegas Sun (NV) Author:Anderson, Ric Area:Nevada Lines:97 Added:08/09/2016

As Nevada voters prepare to vote this fall on whether to decriminalize recreational marijuana use, they're going to hear a sinister-sounding warning that the push for legalization is being fueled by out-of-state money.

Former Assemblyman Pat Hickey, a prominent opponent of legalization, already sounded the alarm in a June 21 post on his blog, Soup to Nuts. He wrote that "the term oligarchy ('a business interest controlled by a small group of people') applies to the mostly out-of-state special interests who are responsible and largely paid for the pot legalization question on this November's ballot."

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39US NV: Editorial: Lingering DoubtsSun, 07 Aug 2016
Source:Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV)          Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:08/07/2016

Nevadans will pass judgment in November on state Question 2, which would essentially legalize pot for recreational use among adults. As the election nears, it's worth noting that many doctors in states that allow the drug's use for medical purposes remain wary of recommending it to their patients.

"The hesitance reflects persistent concerns about the possible legal repercussions for their medical licenses if they prescribe a drug the federal government classifies as dangerous," the Boston Globe reported last month. "It also underscores the lingering doubts about marijuana's health risks and benefits."

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40 US NV: Column: Pot Tale Of The WeekThu, 04 Aug 2016
Source:Reno News & Review (NV) Author:Myers, Dennis Area:Nevada Lines:66 Added:08/04/2016

In the Carson Valley Times, prohibitionist lawyer Jim Hartman was quoted on the initiative petition, ballot Question Two, that provides for regulation of marijuana:

"It's a 13-page initiative that was written by the marijuana industry," Hartman was quoted as saying. "It protects the industry while doing a disservice to Nevadans. It never went through the legislative process.

It hasn't been vetted.

It's tremendously skewed toward the industry."

In fact, the initiative petition was submitted to the 2015 Nevada Legislature for exactly that purpose, to be vetted.

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41 US NV: Column: Pot Tale Of The WeekThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Reno News & Review (NV) Author:Myers, Dennis Area:Nevada Lines:84 Added:07/28/2016

In a letter to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Genoa prohibitionist Jim Hartman wrote, "Teen and adolescent marijuana use is now 74 percent higher in Colorado than the national average. Teen and adolescent alcohol use has also gone up since legalization. In fact, alcohol sales across the board have increased since marijuana legalization."

According to the latest annual "Healthy Kids" study released last month by the Colorado Department of Health, marijuana has stayed at the same level since legalization. The last pre-legalization year in Colorado, teen pot smoking was at 22 percent. It dropped after legalization to 19.7 percent, and is now at 21.2 percent. This reflects the number who said they had used marijuana in the past month.

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42 US NV: LTE: Make Weed Legal If It's Done SafelyTue, 26 Jul 2016
Source:Las Vegas Sun (NV) Author:Gartner, Nicholas Area:Nevada Lines:33 Added:07/26/2016

I do not use marijuana, I made a decision more than 30 years ago to not use drugs or alcohol. Having said that, I believe certain drugs should be legalized if for no other reason than alcohol is legal.

The problem I find is this: How do you test to assure that people who show up for work are not impaired? With alcohol it is simple; you blow into a machine, and if you are impaired you go home. Marijuana is different. The THC stays in your system for weeks, if not months. So if you are at a party Saturday night and you smoke, how do you prove you did not ingest these substances on your way to work Monday?

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43 US NV: LTE: Dangerous DrugThu, 07 Jul 2016
Source:Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) Author:Hartman, Jim Area:Nevada Lines:48 Added:07/07/2016

Steve Sebelius's July 1 column ("Asking the right question on marijuana") correctly reported on Gov. Brian Sandoval's opposition to the legalization of marijuana in Nevada; noted that more young people would likely try the drug if it were legalized; acknowledged that workplace issues would increase; and admitted that a "black market" would still exist after legalization. On those points we agree. However, Mr. Sebelius's conclusion frames a "seminal issue" narrowly for voters, focusing on his belief in the right of someone to use marijuana in a "free society." He reaches that result without any regard to the effect of legalization on others.

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44 US NV: Keep The Lines StraightThu, 07 Jul 2016
Source:Reno News & Review (NV) Author:Myers, Dennis Area:Nevada Lines:351 Added:07/07/2016

What to Watch for in the Question 2 Campaign

August 28, 1953: California Attorney General Edmund (Pat) Brown announced that the fight against marijuana was "showing marked results."

Voters have become accustomed to seeing and hearing the truth shaved in political campaigns. Yet it often comes in a subjective form. Yes, Candidate A is misrepresenting Candidate B about Issue C, but it's done in a way that it hangs from the edge of truth by the fingernails and no one can actually say it was a case of lying. That word is rarely used in political campaigns.

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45US NV: Column: Asking The Right Question On MarijuanaFri, 01 Jul 2016
Source:Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) Author:Sebelius, Steve Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:07/01/2016

So Gov. Brian Sandoval, the former attorney general and federal judge, has come out squarely against the legalization of recreational marijuana in Nevada.

The governor told the Las Vegas Sun that, while he's personally never used the drug, he's concerned about the impact legalization would have on young people.

For the record, the November initiative known as Question 2 would allow only people age 21 and older to possess one ounce of marijuana for personal use.

Like the governor, I've never used marijuana, so my thoughts on the subject are purely academic. And my primary concerns about Question 2 are less about the drug itself, and more about the mechanics of legalization.

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46 US NV: LTE: Economic Boost ComingThu, 30 Jun 2016
Source:Reno News & Review (NV) Author:Hartman, Jim Area:Nevada Lines:39 Added:06/30/2016

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 legalization.

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.

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47US NV: OPED: 'Big Marijuana' Making False Promises onThu, 23 Jun 2016
Source:Reno Gazette-Journal (NV) Author:Hartman, Jim Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:06/24/2016

Nevada voters should now brace against millions of dollars from out-of-state "Big Marijuana" interests supporting Question 2 on the November ballot, the legalization of recreational marijuana. Voters need to realize that by voting "yes" on Question 2, they will be adopting all provisions of a 12-page initiative written by large corporate marijuana interests. Nevadans need to know what it is not. This initiative isn't a Nevada-based libertarian effort to "decriminalize" or "legalize" marijuana.

Rather, the initiative is a special interest "business plan" crafted by and for large marijuana industry donors. It qualified for the ballot as a result of pot promoters paying $660,000 to mercenary signature-gatherers. Passage will give monopoly powers to existing medical marijuana retailers and liquor wholesalers, while criminalizing Nevada citizens growing marijuana within 25 miles of the proponents' pot shops. "Big Marijuana" wants to buy through an initiative that which they could not achieve in the scrutiny and compromise required by the legislative process. In reality, this initiative is phony "legalization."

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48US NV: Contributions Mount for Pac Backing Legalization ofThu, 23 Jun 2016
Source:Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) Author:Lochhead, Colton Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:06/23/2016

A political action committee backing recreational marijuana legalization has recently seen a stream of green, as in cash.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the pro-recreational marijuana PAC, has raised $285,500 this year, a June 11 filing with the secretary of state's office shows. That number is nearly half of what the group raised in 2014, when the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana use first appeared on the ballot.

More than half of the 2016 fundraising total came from June 7-9, according to the filing; most of the money came from Nevada marijuana companies such as Terra Tech Corp., Greenmart Of Nevada, Medical Marijuana of Las Vegas and Paradise Wellness Center.

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49 US NV: Column: Not Him, Again!Thu, 23 Jun 2016
Source:Reno News & Review (NV) Author:Trainor, Brendan Area:Nevada Lines:82 Added:06/23/2016

Nevada billionaire and Sands Las Vegas CEO Sheldon Adelson once proposed the U.S. nuke Iran, and donates to Republican Party candidates who share his uncritical and unwavering support for Israel. He has lobbied to expand the Interstate Wire Act to outlaw all online gambling instead of just sports betting. He is currently lobbying for a special session of the Nevada Legislature this summer to approve his scheme to bring the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas by an increase in the hotel room tax. If the new Las Vegas football stadium is such a great idea, why doesn't Mr. Adelson use some more of his own considerable fortune to build it?

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50 US NV: Out Of Harm's WayThu, 23 Jun 2016
Source:Reno News & Review (NV) Author:Vagner, Kris Area:Nevada Lines:288 Added:06/23/2016

There's An Antidote for Heroin Overdose, and a Former Addict Is Among Those Working to Spread It Far and Wide

Joshua Livernois woke up hazy, sick and splashed with Dr. Pepper in a hospital bed in Salinas, California. He couldn't piece together the events of the previous day or so, and he's still not even sure which year it was, probably 2005 or '06. He'd been using heroin off and on for about 10 years and almost daily for five.

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