Tuesday November 7th, the voters in Nevada did not approve of the legalization of possessing up to one ounce of marijuana, adults 21 or older, bought from a government approved “pot shop”. Nevada seemed to follow the legislation passed in Colorado, 2005 were voters approved of the same law. However, twelve states have decriminalized the possession of marijuana and eleven states allow marijuana usage for medicinal purposes.
Not surprising, the Committee to Regulate and Control Marijuana argued in favor of legalizing marijuana. They convinced voters that with the legalization of gambling and “streak of Western independence, it would hypocritical not to legalize marijuana.
Other proponents for the legalization of marijuana argue that too much taxpayers money and law enforcement resources are wasted on misdemeanor offenses such as possession of marijuana. Furthermore, taxing the legal use of marijuana would put drug dealers out of business. Even more surprising some pastors, while they do not recommend marijuana use, believe if there is a market for marijuana then it is better to be in a controlled environment.
The opponents of legalizing marijuana argue recreational use of marijuana will lead to other drug use and that it would be a poor tax source. Some law enforcement agents remind people that growing, distributing, and warehousing marijuana is still a federal crime and punishable by law. The Supreme Court ruled people using marijuana for medical purposes could still be prosecuted under federal law. Yet the Nevada legislative committee approved the bill to be voted on in November.
The legislative act, that was not passed, would have taxed adults $45 dollars for an ounce of marijuana. The legislative act directed Nevada’s Department of Taxation to set up procedures for licensing distributors, retailers, and growers. Furthermore, the bill doubles fines for selling pot to minors and vehicular manslaughter under the influence of pot.
Is this the beginning of the legalization of marijuana?
Even though the Supreme Court ruled marijuana use, even for medicinal purposes is still a federal offense many proponents for recreational marijuana use theorize few if any federal resources would be used to arrest and penalize misdemeanor uses of marijuana, especially in amounts as small as one ounce. Furthermore, many favor the use of the drug in a controlled environment. Until weed is not completely legalized and drug testing is still in use I advise you to check out my synthetic urine article (best and easiest way to pass a urine drug test).
The government currently collects approximately $18 billion in alcohol tax. A study by the University of Nevada estimates the government could collect approximately $28.6 million for regulating marijuana in Nevada alone. Eventually, the government has the potential to collect much more in taxes by legalizing marijuana in other parts of the country.