Prohibition is a powerful method of promotion. The more you ban something, the more people want it. When alcohol was going through it prohibition phase, the black market flourished. On the other hand, there was no quality control. You could make alcohol out of chemicals that had no place in the human body but there was no way to test whether it was viable for consumption. The only promise alcohol had to deliver back then wasn’t taste, bouquet or flavor but the kick itself. Marijuana is much more advanced in that department. Despite the fact it is illegal in most parts of the world, it has managed to develop strains, flavors and different manners of application. In fact, now you can eat it, smoke it and vape it.
Ballot Ready in 2016
Nevada was always considered to be among the first to legalize marijuana and thus end the cannabis prohibition. However, as time went on, it we realized that wont be happening anytime soon. 2014 seems to mark a turning point for Nevada. Now, they are planning carefully for a 2016 ballot. In fact, the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has begun collecting signatures in order to provide enough momentum and support for the upcoming ballot. As you might have guessed, this is one of those decisions that will have a significant political impact. That’s why Sen. Tick Segerblom and Executive Director Joe Brezny were the first to sign the petition. The signing took place at a press conference held in Sen. Segerblom’s law office.
Implementation of Regulations
The end result of this petition would mark a huge change in marijuana possession. For instance, everyone over 21 years of age would be allowed to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. With legalization of marijuana in Nevada, a whole new set of regulations would have to be implemented. The system would regulate cannabis retailers, cultivation facilities that actually have a license to operate, testing facilities and distributors. Obviously, taxing would play a huge role in the process and people are already talking about a 15% excise tax on wholesale transaction. Hopefully, all money earned from taxes would be spending on education.
The goal is simple. They have to collect over 100,000 signatures in order to make the 2016 ballot a reality. The deadline is November 11, 2014 so we urge the people of Nevada to get up and vote. One thing is for sure, if the ballot passes, Nevada will join Colorado and Washington in their efforts to end prohibition once and for all.