|Nevadans, do you want legal marijuana? Sign the initiative, then get out and vote in 2012|
Nevadans, after turning down similar initiatives in 2002 and 2006, may get to vote again on legalizing marijuana in 2012.
Dave Schwartz, manager of the Marijuana Policy Project of Nevada (MPP-NV), announced today that he has filed documents with the Nevada Secretary of State establishing a Ballot Advocacy Group to support an initiative to legalize and regulate marijuana for persons 21 or older.
Nevadans for Sensible Marijuana Laws has been organized to conduct a signature drive in 2010 that will place an initiative on the November 2012 ballot. The committee says it will file the language of the initiative with the state in January.
|Schwartz: “We need sensible marijuana laws”|
”As a long-time resident of Nevada, I am excited to be a part of this campaign,” Schwartz, who will chair the committee, said. “Over the next three years, we will be meeting with and talking to voters all across the state about the harms caused by our current marijuana laws.”
“We will talk about lost revenues, wasted law enforcement resources, and the fact that keeping marijuana illegal actually steers kids into an illicit market where they are exposed to far more dangerous drugs,” Schwartz said.
“Most of all,” he continued, “we will ask Nevadans to think about how we are actually steering adults toward a far more harmful substance — alcohol — by threatening to punish them if they choose to use marijuana instead.”
“In so many ways, our current laws simply don’t make sense,” Schwartz said. “We need sensible marijuana laws, and that is what our initiative will produce.
MPP of Nevada is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Nevadans about the true nature of marijuana and about the harms caused by marijuana prohibition in the state. For more information, visit http://www.mppnv.org.