In 2016, Nevada voters approved the Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative ("Question 2"), which legalizes recreational marijuana as of January 1, 2017.
No matter how you voted on Question 2, you probably realize that legalization is a dramatic change that will have significant economic, social, health and legal consequences - both expected and unexpected.
You probably also know that legalization is a controversial issue. Question 2 received 602,463 "Yes" votes (54.47%) and 503,644 "No" votes (45.53%).
Now that recreational marijuana has been legalized, it falls to the state, county and city governments to determine what form legalization will take and what regulations will be put in place.
Take an Informed Approach
We need to learn from the experiences of states which have already legalized recreational marijuana. By studying the challenges they have faced and the regulations they have adopted, we can prevent problems here in Nevada before they occur.
Respect Non-Users' Rights
In the discussion about legalizing marijuana, both sides have ignored the crucial matter of non-users' rights. Secondhand marijuana smoke has adverse health effects and can cause varying levels of intoxication in bystanders.
This is particularly an issue in residential areas and multi-unit housing, where users are allowed to consume marijuana on their private property, but the smoke pollutes nearby homes.
We seek to protect the right to choose not to consume marijuana, by prohibiting the generation and consumption of airborne THC.
By respecting non-users, we believe that legalization will occur more smoothly and successfully.
Promote Public Education
Public perception of marijuana is not consistent with current scientific research. We believe the government should ensure that the public receives objective, factual information about marijuana, so that they can make well-informed decisions about consumption.
At the same time, the government needs to be vigilant in preventing the industry from making unsubstantiated health claims about its product.
Prevent Promotion of Marijuana
Marijuana use carries significant health and public safety consequences. While many people who use marijuana in moderation may never be negatively affected, marijuana use can be very harmful to some.
As with any other drug, marijuana use should never be promoted or encouraged. For this reason, we support stringent regulations on the advertising, merchandising and promotion of recreational marijuana, similar to the regulations in place for tobacco products.