Like us, Question 2 was on everyone’s mind in 2016. While medicinal marijuana laws started to become more lax in Nevada, the idea of recreational cannabis was still a long, arduous, and difficult road. Yet when November 8th rolled around, voters showed up in record numbers and let their voices be heard with the passing of Question 2.
Passing with a margin of 54.5% – 45.5%, the voters of Nevada approved Question 2, the Initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. Nevada now joins Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon as states with laws making the possession of marijuana legal and establishing regulated systems for marijuana cultivation and distribution. Joining Nevada in legalizing cannabis this past election was California, Massachusetts, and Maine.
Following passage of this measure, the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is legal for individuals 21 years of age or older, which began on January 1, 2017. The Department of Taxation will be tasked with crafting regulations to govern the cultivation, production, testing, and sale of marijuana by January 1, 2018.“We are thrilled that the people of Nevada have put an end to the failed policy of marijuana prohibition,” said Brezny.
Brezny also stated that “Marijuana consumers in Nevada will no longer be subject to state-imposed penalties for merely enjoying a substance less harmful than alcohol. Instead of incarcerating marijuana users, members of law enforcement will now be able to spend their time preventing and investigating serious crimes that actually harm people. As we move forward, we look forward to working with legislators and regulators to ensure that this system is regulated in a manner that benefits consumers and enhances public health.” Kudos Joe Brezny, kudos.