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Legalization of marijuana will be on the table for the 2016 election in Nevada, thanks to the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, according to the Beaumont Enterprise.

The Coalition’s petition for the ballot initiative needed 102,000 signatures statewide, or a little more than 25,000 from each of the state’s four congressional districts, but far exceeded that number, handing over petitions with over 200,000 signatures to Secretary of State Ross Miller.

The initiative was a bipartisan effort led by Democratic state Sen. Richard “Tick” Segerblom of Las Vegas and Joe Brezny, a former Republican party official who now heads the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association.

“The voters in Nevada clearly want a new approach to regulating marijuana,” Brezny said in a statement. “They see that taxing and regulating marijuana … makes more sense than the failed policy of marijuana prohibition.”

Nevada cities and counties have been preparing for medical marijuana for months, as individual cities and towns have been been adopting regulations for the legal distribution of medical marijuana.

The new measure would make private possession of up to an ounce of marijuana legal for people over age 21.

If passed, Nevada would join Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia, although many states are scurrying for similar ballot measures in time for 2016.

The ballot initiative is not a given, however; in Nevada, when you submit an item for consideration, either the Legislature is forced to consider the issue, or they will automatically put the question on the general election ballot. If the legislature decides to act, it would be up for consideration in 2015.

  • Penny

    Go Nevada!

  • Dodie Peterson

    There are a lot of states that have lowered the restrictions on marijuana for personal recreational use. There are even more considering legalizing its use. I’d like to see this pass in all 50 states as I think the pursuit, prosecution and incarceration of users of a fairly benign substance to be a waste of taxpayer’s money.

    • Maheni

      The restrictions being lowered is just a small part of a big movement. I still see some hesitation from other states like my own and it always annoys me that so many people can buy alcohol but can’t buy a sack. I mean really, what you do in your own home, without harming others should be up to you, right?

  • SelenaJ25

    I think that we are going to see more of this taking place as our country gets closer to election time. It wouldn’t surprise me if eventually all fifty states take on some form of legalized marijuana bill. I’m sure this would make a lot of people very happy.

    • Jasmine35

      I agree. It wouldn’t surprise me either if the whole United States eventually legalizes marijuana. I think it should be everyone’s individual choice of whether or not they purchase and use marijuana. I have no issues about people using this drug since there are so many aliments that this drug can help alleviate.

      • Maheni

        Then it might turn into the new Amsterdam. I was reading a while back that they are cutting the ropes for tourist that want to vacation there just so they can legally “smoke” somewhere while on vacation.

    • Versinel

      I hope no matter how it turns out for my state or others than people understand that there is a time and place for stuff like this. We already have a bunch of drunk drivers behind the wheel and it makes me wonder if they even roll it out (pun intended) on a small basis how many crazy people are going to jump up and say that driving while high is worse than driving while drunk.