Should Nevada Legalize Public Pot Use?

Nevada seems to have a lot of vices (at least Las Vegas does).  Along with those vices come a relaxed P.O.V on marijuana use as long as smoking is done indoors.  A Democrat from the city of Las Vegas argues that the state needs to consider being just as relaxed about outdoor cannabis use.

Senator Tick Segerblom proposed last night that cities and counties would have the authority to license public places or events where adults can legally consume cannabis under his new initiative. “My thought is, rather than not knowing and making it a hazard for the police and everybody else, let’s provide them a venue,” he said.  “We don’t want them, I don’t think, just out there in the park with your kids or walking up and down the Strip smoking marijuana.”

Senate Bill 236 is Nevada's way of recognizing that herbalists may have the privilege to consume cannabis, but not so much the freedom to do so if they are not in the privacy of their own home.  The bill prohibits local governments from issuing licenses to locations within 1,000 feet of a school or community facility. Casinos could request to allow marijuana at a bar, but marijuana use is not allowed at card tables or slot machines.

“The history of Nevada is, when we were low on revenue, we would authorize things like gambling that no other state would do," Sergerblom states.  “The question is: Will marijuana become another one of these vices or pleasures?”