Although there are several states – including California, Arizona and Massachusetts – that may end up with an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis on their 2016 general election ballots, at this point, there’s only one state where that’s already the case; Nevada.
If approved by Nevada voters in the November, 2016 election, The Initiative to Tax and Regulate Marijuana would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, and the personal cultivation of up to six cannabis plants, for those 21 and older. State-licensed cannabis retail outlets and production centers would also be authorized.
Passage of this initiative would make Nevada the 5th state in the U.S. to legalize recreational cannabis, right behind Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon. This would mean that 10% of the United States legalized cannabis within a four year period; excellent progress considering how longstanding cannabis prohibition has been.
For supporters of this initiative, even though the vote is a year and a half away, now is the time to begin consistently educating the public – as well as friends, family and colleagues – on the existence of this measure, and why it should be passed into law. If you’re drawing a blank on talking points, you can find 10 solid reasons to legalize cannabis by clicking here.
If you want to help even more, consider volunteering for the campaign behind the measure, or consider a donation if you don’t have the time; their website can be found by clicking here.