Newsbrief: Nevada Marijuana Initiative Wins Legal Victory, Still Alive 8/6/04

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A federal court judge in Nevada has blocked the state from taking any further action that might disqualify an initiative that would create a regulated adult market for marijuana. The initiative, sponsored by the Marijuana Policy Project ( and its local affiliate, the Campaign to Regulate and Control Marijuana (, failed to make the ballot after Secretary of State Dean Heller threw out thousands of signatures citing various technicalities.

MPP, CRCM, and the ACLU of Nevada sued in federal court on July 27 seeking to overturn Heller's decision to throw out the signatures ( In the Monday ruling, US Disrict Court Judge James Mahan issued a temporary restraining order barring the state from taking any action pending a final decision in the case. Mahan set oral arguments for August 13.

MPP, CRCM, and the Nevada ACLU had sought an earlier hearing, citing worries that too much delay in the proceedings would leave the issue unresolved by the time ballots must be printed, thus effectively killing the initiative. But Judge Mahan didn't budge on the schedule.

Still, campaign spokesperson Jennifer Knight told the Las Vegas Review-Journal the temporary restraining order was a positive decision. "This is a really good sign," said Knight. "The fact that this judge issued a temporary restraining order in our case means that it has merit. We're planning for success."

MPP and CRCM are continuing to campaign, Knight added. The groups are continuing to run television ads and hold meetings with community groups to gain support for the measure. A similar MPP-sponsored measure won only 39% of the vote in 2002.

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