Is the fact that Nevada became the seventh state to re-legalize lucky? Lucky 7? Here’s more:
On Sunday, January 1, Nevada will become the seventh US state to eliminate criminal penalties specific to the adult possession and personal use of cannabis.
“What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas,” NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said. “Voters in the western region of the United States are leading the way toward the eventual nationwide re-legalization of marijuana by responsible adults. Federal laws need to reflect this reality, not deny it.”
Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Washington have previously adopted voter-initiated laws legalizing the private consumption of cannabis by adults. The District of Columbia also permits adults to legally possess and grow personal use quantities of marijuana in private residences.
On Election Day, 55 percent of Nevada voters approved Question 2, the Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative. The law permits adults who are not participating in the state’s existing medical cannabis program to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and/or up to 3.5 grams of cannabis concentrates. An adult may also lawfully grow up to six plants in their home if they reside 25 miles or more away from a marijuana retailer. Provisions in the law also permit for the possession and sale of marijuana-related paraphernalia as well as the gifting of small amounts of cannabis for no financial remuneration. Public use of the plant remains a civil violation.
Separate provisions in the statute also license the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis, which will be subject to a 15 percent excise tax. Those regulations do not take effect until January 1, 2018.
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Just a thought or two before we close: It’s nice to see others adopting the “re-legalize” terminology. Lots of people think cannabis has always been illegal, which is not true. That’s a great opening line when speaking with those who don’t understand the issue.
Nevada’s 15% excise tax is low enough to help eradicate the state’s cannabis black market. If legal cannabis is to overcome then illegal cannabis must go away. That happens quicker if politicians don’t get greedy. Study how alcohol prohibition ended — low taxes for a while to end illegal alcohol sales. Then, in slow steps so as not to bring the illegal trade back taxes were introduced. That will work for cannabis, too.
And the damned 6-plant garden just won’t go away.
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