Cannabis is Now Legal in Nevada

Cannabis is now legal in Nevada for those 21+.

Nevada Portions of Nevada’s Question 2 have taken effect as of midnight, January 1st. The new law allows those 21 and older to possess and use up to an ounce of cannabis. Of the four states that legalized cannabis on November 8th, Nevada is the third where possession has become legal, following California on November 9th and Massachusetts on December 15th. Maine will be the next on January 15h.

In addition to allowing cannabis to be possessed and used, Question 2 legalizes a system of regulated cannabis retail outlets, supplied by cannabis cultivation centers. These are expected to be open sometime next year; at this point those living 25 miles or more from a retail outlet will be allowed to cultivate up to six plants at a private residence.

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Here’s When the Newly Passed Cannabis Legalization Initiatives Take Effect

take effectIn a massive victory for cannabis, eight of nine statewide cannabis initiatives were victorious in this year’s election. Four of these measures legalize cannabis for all uses for those 21 and older. This doubles the number of legal cannabis states across the U.S. from four to eight.

Now that these measures have been passed, many may be wondering when they take effect. Below is a look at the four recreational cannabis measures, and when they become law:

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Nevada Legalizes Cannabis

Nevada Question 2 to Legalize Cannabis has Been Passed by Voters

nevadaQuestion 2, an initiative to legalize cannabis, has won handily in Nevada. The measure was the first of this year’s statewide cannabis legalization initiatives to officially make the ballot.

Question 2 is modeled almost directly after Colorado’s Amendment 64, approved by voters in 2012. The measure allows those 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of cannabis. It also allows them to grow up to six plants, and authorizes a system of licensed and regulated cannabis retail outlets. The initiative explicitly allows those from out-of-state to legally buy and use cannabis.

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Nevada’s Largest Labor Union Endorses Initiative to Legalize Cannabis

labor unionNevada’s Question 2, which would legalize recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older, has just received arguably its biggest endorsement to date, which comes less than a month before the November 8th election. The endorsement comes from Culinary Local 226, the largest labor union in the state.

“Their support demonstrates that the working people of Nevada want to take marijuana out of the criminal market and shift production and sales into regulated, taxpaying businesses,” says Joe Brezny, spokesperson for the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the group behind Question 2.

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All Eyes on Nevada, Massachusetts, California, Maine and Arizona

thcannabisIt’s just 11 weeks until election day 2016, which will be by far the most monumental day for cannabis law reform since the beginning of prohibition of in the 1930s. Five state – Nevada, Massachusetts, California, Maine and Arizona – will be voting on the legalization of recreational cannabis, and all eyes are on them for big victories this November.

In Nevada, Question 2 would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, the personal cultivation of up to six plants, and would authorize state-licensed cannabis retail outlets. Polling released last month found that 50% of voters in the state support legalization, with just 41% opposed, indicating it will be a close race, though there’s reason to be optimistic (the campaign in support of Question 2 also just purchased nearly a million dollars in television ads to promote the measure).

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10% of Entire United States Voting for Cannabis Legalization this November

legalizemeyoIn just two and a half months, five states – 10% of the entire U.S. – will be voting to legalize recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older. An additional four states will be voting for legalizing medical cannabis, making almost 20% of the U.S. voting on some for of cannabis legalization.

Having five states vote for legalization in one election is a huge deal, considering it’s taken over 70 years to get where we are now; four states with legal cannabis. Below is a breakdown of the recreational legalization measures being voted on this November 8th (less than three months):

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Poll: Nevada Voters Poised to Legalize Cannabis this November

nevadaVoters in Nevada would likely give approval to Question 2 to legalize recreational cannabis if the election were held today, a new KTNV-TV 13 Action News/Rasmussen Reports poll has found.

According to the poll, 50% of likely Nevada voters support legalizing cannabis, with just 41% opposed; 9% remain undecided.

Specifically, the poll asked voters if they support or oppose “the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Nevada if it is regulated and taxed like alcohol and cigarettes.”

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Study: Nevada Would Earn $460 Million In Taxes from Cannabis Tourism in Initial Years of Legalization

marijuana-legalizationIf Nevada voters legalize recreational cannabis this November, the state would see an estimated tax revenue of $464 million from cannabis tourism from 2018 to 2024.

The Initiative to Tax and Regulate Marijuana will be voted on this November as Question 2. If passed into law, it will legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, as well as the personal cultivation of up to six cannabis plants, for those 21 and older. Cannabis retail outlets – supplied by licensed cultivation centers – will also be legalized.

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