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Politics and Policy

Nevada Approves Recreational Marijuana

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Recreational marijuana will soon be legal in the state of Nevada. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

54 percent of Nevadans voted to approve Question 2, which makes it legal for those 21 years of age or older to possess, cultivate and use marijuana.

In addition, a 15 percent excise tax will be levied on wholesale marijuana sales, which will be used to pay for additional regulators and law enforcement, with the rest going to the State Distributive School Account.

Joseph Olivas is a Las Vegas resident who was visiting Reno and stopped by the Washoe County Democratic Election viewing party. He said he supports the initiative, because he doesn’t think using marijuana is really a big deal.

“There’s actually worse legal drugs out there that people are addicted to, so I’m really not opposed to it by any means,” he says.

The law puts a one-ounce limit on marijuana possession, or one-eighth of an ounce of concentrated marijuana, in addition to limits on retail licenses per county, and plants for personal cultivation.

The law goes into effect January 1.

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