Question 2: Recreational marijuana will be decided by voters

By Karen Castro |, Mark Zamora

Published 10/26 2016 03:57PM

Updated 10/26 2016 03:57PM

The first medical marijuana facility opened in Las Vegas last summer and in the upcoming election Nevada voters will decide whether to legalize recreational use. 

There are a number of restrictions that come with approving recreational marijuana, but opponents say there aren't enough.

In fact, the "No on 2" campaign is arguing it will make roads more dangerous and put children at risk. While proponents say it will be a big blow to the black market and provide more tax revenue for education.

Nevada may become the latest state to legalize recreational marijuana.

Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Colorado and the District of Columbia have already ended the prohibition on pot.

"Marijuana is safer than alcohol, it's less damaging to your body, it's less addictive and it's far less likely to be associated with a violent behavior," said Joe Brezny, Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol.

Brezny is leading the efforts for the "Yes on Question 2" campaign. The measure would allow adults 21 and over to possess, consume and cultivate marijuana. Sales and possession are limited to one ounce per person. Individuals would also be able to grow up to six plants for personal use.

"It's something where the grower will have to make sure that their cropping within their legal limits which is the same limitation we have in medical marijuana," Brezny said.

Question 2 would require the Department of Taxation to regulate recreational marijuana, which includes imposing a 15 percent tax with some of the revenue going to schools.

Establishments are not allowed with in 1,000 feet of schools and  300 feet of a community centers. Opponents say the restrictions do not protect children.

"There are no controls over the eatables which are frequently children friendly, there are no opt outs for communities, especially in rural Nevada," said Pat Hickey, supports "No on 2" campaign.

Former state Assemblyman, Pat Hickey says in addition to marijuana edibles looking like candy, legalizing marijuana would result in more DUI's.

"I mean people in both Colorado and Washington state even Oregon, there's been a significant increase in accidents, either from people that have been impaired and they're driving, hurting themselves, and in fact hurting others," he said.

Proponents say those claims are not true and it would actually make communities safer.

"If you look at what's happened in Colorado, 70 percent of the black market, it's been eliminated already," Brezny said.

Under Question 2, Clark County would be allowed up to 80 establishments.

If approved, during the first 18 months, starting Jan. 1, only medical marijuana facilities would be able to apply for a license for recreational sales before opening up the licensing process to anyone interested.


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