Nevada Could be the Next State to Legalize Marijuana

The Nevada state legislature will consider a proposal to legalize marijuana in 2015. And, if the legislature fails to do the job, the issue will go directly to the voters as a ballot measure in 2016.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol collected well over the 102,000 signatures needed to put this issue on the 2015 agenda for Nevada. The Nevada state legislature now has the opportunity to approve marijuana legalization in 2015. If they disapprove of legalization, the issue will become a ballot initiative and ultimately be decided by the voters in 2016.

“Nevada joins an ever-growing list of states with marijuana legalization on the 2016 ballot,” retired police officer and executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Neill Franklin said. “Marijuana prohibition has put countless otherwise innocent people in jail and increased street violence just as alcohol prohibition did in the 1920s. Nevada is ready to prioritize public safety and we look forward to seeing their state and others responsibly regulate marijuana so that law enforcement can focus on more pressing crimes.”

If Nevada state legislators muster the courage needed to legalize marijuana, that would make them the first group of state legislators to do so in the country. While states have decriminalized marijuana or legalized medical marijuana through their legislatures, no state legislature has had the courage to pass a full-blown legalization bill yet. The pressure to do so is much stronger, since voting the measure down won't kill the effort.

The great thing about these types of reforms is that they are completely Constitutional, and there is little the feds can do about it when enough states and people resist them.

CONSTITUTIONALITY

Congress and the president claim the constitutional authority to ban marijuana. The Supreme Court concurs. But these opinions don’t magically transform the meaning of the Constitution. 

The Constitution delegates no power to the federal government to prohibit marijuana in the states. This power remains with the state governments and the people. Doubt this? Then ask yourself why it required a constitutional amendment to prohibit alcohol. There is no fundamental difference.

None.

Nevertheless, 23 states have already put the well-being of their citizens above faux federal supremacy, rejected the unconstitutional prohibition and legalized marijuana to varying degrees anyway.

The message? When enough people say NO to unconstitutional federal “laws” – and enough states back them up, there’s not much the feds can do about it.

This Nevada proposal has it right. Get it done now, or let the people decide if they want legalized marijuana. And if they do, the heck with the feds.

The momentum is on our side, but Nevada cannot legalize marijuana without your help. This effort needs your support to achieve victory.

ACTION ITEMS

If you live in Nevada, call your state legislators and politely urge them to support all possible measures to legalize marijuana in the Silver State. Let them know that it is not enough for this issue to go to the voters, and that you demand action NOW! You can find their contact information HERE.

All Other States, you can still work to fight cannabis prohibition in your state. Call your state legislators and urge them to introduce a bill that fights cannabis prohibition such as our P.E.A.C.E. Act. You can find their contact information HERE.