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Nevada: When Will Recreational Pot Be Available For Sale?

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

It will be legal for adults in Nevada to use and possess marijuana at the start of 2017, but there will be no place to legally buy it for most citizens.

Some, including state Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, are concerned that Nevadans will turn to the black market to buy the legal substance.

“I can own an ounce, and the cops can’t do anything to me. But I can’t buy an ounce, so where am I gonna buy it?” Segerblom, a marijuana legalization advocate, said Thursday.

Question 2 passed on Election Day, so adults will be allowed to possess up to announce of pot or one eighth ounce of marijuana concentrate as of January 1. But there is not yet an answer to the question of when retail stores will be able to sell marijuana to adults without a medical marijuana card.

“If you have a situation where it’s legal to possess and use marijuana, but there’s no legal mechanism to purchase it, you are creating a bigger black market by definition,” said Andrew Jolley, co-owner of medical marijuana company The+Source. “The sooner we can allow retail sales, the better the outcome for the community, and the faster the transition away from the black market to the regulated market.”

The taxation department appears on board with getting things rolling before its 2018 deadline.

Nevada: Marijuana Legalization Will Appear On November 2016 Ballot

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Citizen-initiated ballot measure would end marijuana prohibition in Nevada and establish a legal marijuana market for adults 21 and older

The Nevada Legislature is expected to let voters decide in November 2016 whether to end marijuana prohibition and regulate marijuana like alcohol.

State lawmakers have until Saturday, March 14 to enact Initiative Petition No. 1, but chose to adjourn Friday without voting on it. They were tasked with considering the measure after supporters submitted nearly twice the number of signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.

“Voters will have the opportunity to end marijuana prohibition next year and replace it with a policy that actually makes sense,” said Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). “Regulating marijuana like alcohol will make Nevada safer by replacing the underground marijuana market with a tightly controlled system of licensed businesses.

"Law enforcement officials will be able to spend their time addressing more serious crimes, and adults will no longer be punished simply for using marijuana,” Tvert said.

The initiative makes private possession of up to one ounce of marijuana legal for adults 21 years of age and older. It will remain illegal to use marijuana in public or drive while impaired by marijuana.

Nevada: Backers Say They Have Signatures To Put Marijuana Legalization On 2016 Ballot

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Supporters of an initiative petition to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Nevada on Friday said they have collected far more than the required number of signatures to qualify for the 2016 ballot.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol plans to turn in about 170,000 signatures to county clerks on Wednesday, reports Sean Whaley at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. To qualify for the ballot, 101,667 signatures from registered Nevada voters are required.

Brezny said he expects to have almost twice the number of signatures needed in each of Nevada's four Congressional districts.

If the signatures are there, the legalization proposal for those age 21 and older will go to the 2015 Legislature. If the Legislature fails to approve the proposal within the first 60 days of the session, it goes on the Nevada general election ballot in 2016.

The measure is modeled after Amendment 2, the recreational marijuana legalization law approved by Colorado voters in 2012.

Support among Nevada voters was measured in 2013 at 54 percent for and 42 percent against, Brezny said when the petition was filed in April.

Nevada: Planned Medical Marijuana Program Called Discriminatory

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The proposed new rules for Nevada's already-existing medical marijuana program would discriminate against the poor and minorities, and would make marijuana too expensive for patients who need it, witnesses testified during a hearing on Tuesday.

"This is an absolute injustice," said David Udy of Las Vegas during a hearing at the Division of Public and Behavioral Health on proposed regulations, reports Ed Vogel at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "This is going to be a disaster."

Udy and other witnesses said that only wealthy patients will be able to get grow licenses and dispensary licenses for medical marijuana, because of a new rule that requires people to have access to at least $250,000 before they can get a license.

"There are a lot of people who would like to get in this game," said Art Cardoza, who said he is a caregiver who supplies cannabis to veterans, the disabled and others. "Millionaire people don't care about them."

There is little she can do about the financial requirements, said deputy administrator Marla McDade-Williams, "because of limitations in the bill." Senate Bill 374 requires those applying for a medical marijuana cultivation or dispensary license to have at least $250,000.

Nevada: Gov. Sandoval Signs Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill Into Law

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Legislation backed by local law enforcement organizations will establish a state-regulated system of dispensaries to provide medical marijuana to licensed patients

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Nevada's medical marijuana patients have been waiting 13 years for this. Gov. Brian Sandoval on Wednesday signed a bill into law that will establish a state-regulated system of dispensaries to provide medical marijuana to licensed patients. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office supported the measure.

“We applaud Gov. Sandoval and the Legislature for their leadership and commend those law enforcement organizations that expressed support for this much-needed legislation,” said Karen O'Keefe, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), who testified in support of the bill, SB 374. “It will make Nevada a safer and healthier place not only for medical marijuana patients, but for the entire community.

“This new law will provide patients with the safe and reliable access to medical marijuana that they deserve,” O'Keefe said. “Regulating medical marijuana sales will also generate revenue and take a bite out of the state's underground marijuana market.”

SB 374 was introduced by Senators Tick Segerblom (D-Las Vegas) and Mark Hutchison (R-Las Vegas), and it establishes rules and regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries, infused product manufacturers, cultivation facilities, and testing facilities.

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