Nevada joins California and Massachusetts, becoming yet another state to legalize recreational marijuana use. Question 2 has been approved to allow adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of cannabis. The measure has passed with 54% of residents voting Yes on Question 2.
The initiative is intended to move away from marijuana arrests and focus on public health, though some may be skeptical of how affective it will really be. The Nevada Department of Taxation will oversee the licensing of marijuana retail stores, as well as cultivation, manufacturing, and testing facilities. Those who live a great distance from a state licensed dispensary will be allowed to grow up to six plants in their home. There will also be a 15% excise tax on marijuana sales that is said to be used to fund schools as well as the marijuana regulatory structure.
Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, stated, “It’s great to see that the power and money of Sheldon Adelson were not sufficient to dissuade Nevadans from doing the right thing."
We are still waiting to hear about the ballots in Montana and Maine.