Marijuana activists in Nevada
last weekend began a signature-gathering drive for an initiative that would
amend the state constitution to allow adults to legally possess up to three
ounces of marijuana. The initiative also calls for marijuana to be
taxed like tobacco and for a medical distribution system that would ensure
that low cost marijuana could be obtained for medical reasons. Smoking
in public while driving or operating heavy machinery would be penalized,
however, and the weed couldn't be used or sold in schools, jails or prisons.
The drive is being organized
by Nevadans for Effective Law Enforcement in conjunction with the Washington,
DC-based Marijuana Policy Project, which has provided $50,000 for the signature-gathering
effort, organizers said.
Organizers are facing a very
tight timeline to gather the necessary signatures. They need to get
the signatures of 10% of Nevada voters -- some 61,336 -- by June 18.
Under Nevada law, the petition organizers must also get signatures from
10% of registered voters in at least 13 of the state's 17 counties.
Gail Tuzzolo, spokeswoman for the Nevada group, has admitted that the drive
is "a long shot" given the short window of opportunity for signature-gathering,
but organizers are racing to meet the deadline.
Under Nevada law, for an
initiative to amend the constitution to become law, it must be passed by
voters in two consecutive elections. Medical marijuana proponents
were able to do just that in the 1999 and 2001 elections. Nevada
also recently revised its marijuana laws so that simple possession of small
amounts is no longer a felony.
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Issue #237, 5/17/02
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