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Our marijuana laws do not work. Despite over 10,000 marijuana arrests in Nevada during the last three years alone, marijuana remains widely available and easy to get. We believe the criminal marijuana market is a free-for-all, with no oversight or safeguards to speak of.

It’s time for a new approach: – the taxation and regulation of marijuana sales. Marijuana will continue to be widely available – whether permitted or not – so a sensible alternative is to place it into a tightly controlled and regulated market. Once we regulate the marijuana market, we create the opportunity to tax it and establish safeguards that are currently lacking.

Specifically, under Question 7, adults over the age of 21 will be allowed to purchase up to one ounce of marijuana from state-licensed retailers – roughly the equivalent of a pack-and-a-half of cigarettes. Retailers would have to buy their marijuana from state-licensed manufacturers.

Question 7 establishes a “We Card” program for marijuana. If you aren’t 21 or older, or do not have proper ID, you won’t be allowed to enter an establishment that sells marijuana – much less buy it. Marijuana use by anyone younger than 21, driving under the influence of marijuana, and smoking marijuana in public would all remain illegal. In fact, the maximum penalty for any adult who gives or sells marijuana to a minor would DOUBLE, as would the maximum penalty for anyone who kills someone while driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or any drug.

Retailers who sell marijuana couldn’t be located within 500 feet of a school or place of worship. No establishment that sells alcohol or allows gaming will be allowed to sell marijuana – nor would gas stations, convenience stores, grocery stores, or nightclubs. Question 7 doesn’t put marijuana in the local 7-11 – in fact, it specifically forbids it.

And once we regulate marijuana, we can tax it. Half of the tax revenue generated by Question 7 would go to drug education and treatment; the other half would go to the general fund, potentially generating millions of dollars for our most pressing needs – like education and fixing roads.

We believe that after decades of marijuana laws that don’t accomplish what they were meant to – yet cause real societal harm by financing violent gangs and drug dealers, destroying the lives of otherwise law-abiding Nevadans, and wasting precious police resources – it’s time for a new approach.

Vote YES on Question 7.

The above argument was submitted by the Ballot Question Committee composed of

citizens in favor of this question as provided for in NRS 293.252

Please visit www.RegulateMarijuana.org/sos to get the full story on the opposition’s misleading arguments.