Petition Drive Launched To Legalize Marijuana

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  Petition Drive Launched To Legalize Marijuana

Posted by CN Staff on January 06, 2010 at 20:17:40 PT
By Ed Vogel, Review-Journal Capital Bureau 
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal 

Carson City, NV -- Confident that the third time will be a charm, a group called Nevadans for Sensible Marijuana Laws today announced another petition drive that could lead to voters deciding to legalize marijuana.

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Comment #13 posted by Hope on January 11, 2010 at 11:42:40 PT

Jessica Williams?
Comment 9It took me a minute... or less, but I remembered.Brrrr. That was bad.
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on January 11, 2010 at 11:36:16 PT

They don't want people to possibly
share with others... for any reason.
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on January 11, 2010 at 10:23:56 PT

James Crosby 
I agree with you. I do not understand why they don't want individuals to grow their own. What benefit is in that restriction?
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Comment #10 posted by James Crosby on January 11, 2010 at 10:02:37 PT:

This proposal is far from the best one
This proposal is not the best. We could do better, and have done better in Oregon / California with the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, Tax Cannabis 2010, and the California Cannabis Initiative; which are all better than this proposal in Nevada. Not allowing people the right to grow their own will only result in the black market living on strong... This law won't work, and there are many problems with it. It also doesn't protect people from employment discrimination.. It fails on a number of fronts, but the largest one is not allowing people the right to grow their own, tax-free, cannabis, as long as they are not selling it. They need to allow people the right to grow their own, or they'll keep growing illegally... 
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Comment #9 posted by The GCW on January 07, 2010 at 14:25:49 PT

LETTER to the Editor,
Marijuana petition flawedLegalizing marijuana may be a positive step toward concentrating law enforcement and detention efforts where they are needed most, but even proponents of legalizing marijuana should be concerned about the latest effort.The initiative would legalize pot for adults but could land them in prison (remember Jessica Williams?) for getting in an accident even days later when they are not impaired.The initiative rightly prohibits driving under the influence of marijuana but fails to address Nevada's prohibited substance law, which makes it illegal to have traces of pot in your blood. In essence, it would amount to a penalty for engaging in a legal activity. Wonder what the petition's authors were smoking when they skipped over this catch. We'll ask them to explain soon on an upcoming edition of Face to Face.By Dana Gentry 7, 2010 
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Comment #8 posted by EAH on January 07, 2010 at 12:19:36 PT:

I can't believe the people writing these propositions are so unsophisticated.The excise tax should placed on THC. That is THC content. NOT cannabis weight! That is so imprecise. It's so crude! Alcohol is taxed, but not the amount of liquid in the bottle. Beer is taxed at a much lower rate than vodka. Which makes perfect sense. It has much less alcohol.The $50 per tax is breathtakingly amateurish. This is serious! Legalization of cannabis is going to call for major creation of regulatory policies and processes.
The single MOST important reason to end prohibition is to end the black market and re regulate cannabis. That tax is rate far too high to succeed in ending the black market or make decent quality affordable to lower income 
users. If you consider what it costs to produce dried cut decorative flowers,
that can be an approximation of the cost to produce dried trimmed cannabis flowers for smoking or vaporizing. That's going to put the retail price of an oz of cannabis well below $50. To be making revenue projections or setting tax rates based on the current black market is just stupid. Different cannabis products will vary in THC content, different varieties will, concentrates, oral preparations etc. The simplest tax scheme will call for 
all product to be submitted for testing and taxed on that basis. Every product will then list the content on the label. This should be obvious to anyone seriously involved in legalization advocacy.

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Comment #6 posted by dongenero on January 07, 2010 at 09:22:15 PT

state run stores
I've always thought states selling liquor, to be a strange concept. I know some of the states somehow came out of prohibition with such systems but, it strikes me as strange for government to monopolize a retail market. I've never really heard any reasoning or justification for a "government business model" that seems so antithetical to our basic concepts of role of government and capitalism.I would think the conservatives would call such a system communist or fascist? 
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Comment #5 posted by ripit on January 07, 2010 at 08:43:10 PT

50 ppl
allowed to grow? and who determines this?now in nev 120 stores/outlets could prob be adequate,being run the way they do the syate run liquer dispensries here in idaho but limiting growers? no way will that work, its not fair,reasonable or even american! i have lived in nev. on several occasions and really like that state, i hope this works out for them!
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on January 07, 2010 at 06:28:37 PT

Anyone voting against legalized freedom...
also likes caging humans for the simple act of gardening or in possession of flowers!It is a barbaric, medieval mindset that finds gratification in caging otherwise peaceful, productive folks who have family and friends for nothing more than pursuing a peaceful, green friendly income by providing a beneficial herb! You know what should be against the law? Misleading propaganda and lies! These standard governmental tools are obvious and yet go untended? You see this is what I call our "Looking Glass Society" where everything is the opposite as it should be!The Feds have told and does continue to tell lies that destroy American lives as well as the lives of people around the world.I hate to say it but I see my government as my enemy and therefore; an enemy to my enemy is my friend!No terrorist ever caged me and rendered me penniless for having too much mulch under my nails!I have given in to cheering my governments demise! It has become a mammoth self serving bully that will take you down if it doesn't approve of your gardening choices!
When I say take you down I mean financial ruin, loss of freedoms and liberty, loss of civil benefits, and has demonstrated often that they will kill us if it is convenient to do so!Who but the most decrepit of mind would oppose legalized freedom?
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on January 07, 2010 at 04:39:26 PT

I agree. That is one way to make sure that the price will never become affordable for most people. Why so much money for a tax?
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Comment #2 posted by dankhank on January 06, 2010 at 23:07:31 PT

50 per ounce ...?
what's the tax on nicotine per ounce? shouldn't this be a guide for taxes on a relatively harmless smoke?
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Comment #1 posted by Jack of Spades on January 06, 2010 at 22:23:58 PT:

Tax Models:
	I applaud all efforts to petition for legalization of Cannabis Sativa.
I can appreciate the sensibility of establishments which sell Cannabis only to adults, and understand how it easily leads to the conception of a system of Marijuana Stores similar to our current Liquor Stores, (Cannabis can be described as an intoxicant, or perhaps more accurately as a "cerebral inhibitor.")
I like the idea of capping the number of stores (aka. licenses) as a control mechanism; Allowing only 50 large Marijuana Farm Growers, however, seems sheer folly.	Today's (local) illegal Marijuana trade is typically a small entrepreneurial endeavor. Legal Marijuana means nothing if individuals are still commiting crimes by selling untaxed goods. Stores selling Cannabis alongside glasswork sculptures seems like an interesting idea to me, but I would like legislators to realize the fact that the independant Marijuana Grower & Seller DO exist. They exist and the past has proven they will continue to exist as long as humanity does.
Creation of a sort of Cannabis Control Board seems obvious, but we can be more creative than issuing licenses only to centralized Marijuana Stores.
Our government can only truely taps Marijuana's tax potential if it allows individuals & businesses to purchase licenses to sell a up to certain quantity of marijuana.
The CCB would decide what resonable amount of Marijuana can be sold to the population much like a Liquor Control Board, allow farmers & home-growers to register the crop they wish to bring to market, and would posess the power to audit a seller's or grower's records accounting for all Marijuana transactions.
Our laws have progressed a far ways by equating Cannabis Sativa with Alcohol. I'd like to think we're on the brink of a working system, and I'd love if that system were progressive enough to allow small investors to stimulate their local economy while providing funds for such things as drug education & assistance programs.	"Schwartz’ petition calls for setting up 120 retail stores in Nevada where marijuana would be sold to adults. Fifty people would be licensed to grow marijuana. A $50 per ounce state tax would be placed on buyers."
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