Newsbrief: Nevada Marijuana Initiative Campaign Gains Ally 8/23/02

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As the dust settles in the wake of the "now you see it, now you don't" Nevada Council of Police and Sheriffs (NCOPS) endorsement of the Nevada initiative that would remove all criminal penalties for the possession of up to three ounces of marijuana, the initiative campaign has gained an important new endorser, Las Vegas Democrat Assemblywomen Chris Giunchigliani. Giunchigliani, a teacher for 23 years, was the driving force in moving simple marijuana possession from a felony to a misdemeanor last year and is described by the state's leading newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, as "a formidable and familiar face."

Giunchigliani has signed on as a consultant with Nevadans for Responsible Law Enforcement (, a committee supported by the Marijuana Policy Project that is organizing the campaign effort. The veteran legislator puts a powerful, popular liberal Nevada face on an effort that had been criticized as run by outsiders. "I'll be one face among many," she said as she announced her move. "I think most people in Nevada understand the government should not be involved in casual at-home use. That's the main crux of this. This is not about legalization. This is not about an outside group coming in."

No new polling has been done since the NCOPS brouhaha -- it was a dead heat in polls just before then -- but some Nevada police are buzzing like angry hornets now, and the initiative is in for a real fight in the next ten weeks. Giunchigliani's addition to the NRLE roster is most needed, and a timely move. Stay tuned.

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