Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol releases statement in the wake of victory
LAS VEGAS — This evening, by a current margin of 53% – 46%, the voters of Nevada approved Question 2, the Initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. Nevada now joins Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon as states with laws making the possession of marijuana legal and establishing regulated systems for marijuana cultivation and distribution. Similar measures are being considered today in Arizona, California, Maine, and Massachusetts.
Following passage of this measure, the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana will be legal for individuals 21 years of age or older beginning on January 1, 2017. The Department of Taxation will be tasked with crafting regulations to govern the cultivation, production, testing, and sale of marijuana by January 1, 2018.
Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol spokesperson Joe Brezny celebrated the passage of the measure.
“We are thrilled that the people of Nevada have put an end to the failed policy of marijuana prohibition,” said Brezny. “Marijuana consumers in Nevada will no longer be subject to state-imposed penalties for merely enjoying a substance less harmful than alcohol. Instead of chasing marijuana users, members of law enforcement will now be able to spend their time preventing and investigating serious crimes that actually harm people. As we move forward, we look forward to working with legislators and regulators to ensure that this system is regulated in a manner that benefits consumers and enhances public health.”