Marijuana Legalization Bill Introduced in Nevada

On Monday, Nevada became the latest state to see a marijuana legalization bill filed this year. Assemblyman Joe Hogan (D-Las Vegas) introduced Assembly Bill 402, which would allow people 21 and over to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and would set up a system of state regulation and taxation of marijuana commerce.

Nevada now joins Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Oregon as states where legalization bills have been or will be filed. A legalization bill died earlier this year in Hawaii, and one died last week in New Hampshire, but another New Hampshire legalization bill is still alive.

The Nevada bill expressly does not allow driving while impaired, does not require employers to accept marijuana use, and limits legalization to those 21 and over.

Marijuana has already been legalized by voters in Colorado and Washington, and the Alaska courts have recognized a privacy right allowing for the possession of small amounts of marijuana in one's home. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

Hogan told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he introduced the bill because of what he called the persecution of young people.

"I think it's better than chasing young kids around the neighborhoods, endlessly, and damaging them," he said. "We've been wasting terrible amounts of money on these completely unsuccessful law enforcement techniques. I think it's time to get serious, get it fixed and move on."

Hogan said that marijuana legalization would raise badly needed money for the state's education system. It envisions excise taxes on both wholesale and retail sales of marijuana and marijuana products.

"There's enough tax money in this line of products to properly and fully support education in the state of Nevada, which we have failed to do for a number of years," Hogan said.

The bill is the brainchild of Dr. Steven Frye, a retired Las Vegas psychiatrist and marijuana legalization activist. Frye told the Review-Journal legalization could generate as much as $500 million a year in tax revenues.

"It's a big tourist issue," he said. "And we create green jobs in Nevada growing, processing and selling it."

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Viva Las Vegas

Las Vegas will never be the same...  

That's a good thing.

Is this a real bill?

Is this a real bill or is it another dead on arrival one that has no real chance?  Based on the article it seems similar to Amendment 64.. but is it strict and regulatory enough to actually pass?

I am surprised that NV is not

I am surprised that NV is not using this to attract tourism and get the casinos behind this.  Adding legal marijuana to Las Vegas's adult lineup seems like a perfect match.  This thing is bound to fail unless the casinos think they can benefit.  The whole 'we are doing it for the "kids"' should be the backdrop, not the billboard.  Somebody needs to turn this Las Vegas initiative around and make it like the next new attraction at adult Disneyland on the strip.  Then it will pass.

Taking a Gamble

Dr. Steven Frye[psychiatrist] says " And we create green jobs in Nevada growing ....." . Exactly who is " we " ? The State ? This is a step forward , something is better than nothing but until Cannabis users can grow their own legally , then you will still have people growing their own instead of buying from a dealer or store . That means arrest`s . Prosecution . Incarceration . The same old garbage that needs to end once and for all . But then again , we`re talking about Nevada , Las Vegas . If tourists suckers will flock to you for drinks of liquor that costs 15 times what that drink is actually worth , then taxing Cannabis and selling joints for $15 might be a good idea . Hey , if you can get it...........  By the way, how do you grow Cannabis in a desert ? Indoors then ? The Electric Company would love it . Solar maybe ? What does a desert and water have in common ? . .......

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when (date) would they vote on it?

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