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Democrat introduces bill to legalize, tax marijuana in Nevada


Steve Marcus

Marijuana is shown at the home of James Parsons, a licensed medical marijuana patient and president of Medical Cannabis Consultants of Nevada, Oct. 26, 2010.

Nevada Assemblyman Joe Hogan, D-Las Vegas, introduced a bill to legalize and tax marijuana Monday.

Under the Assembly Bill 402, Nevadans older than 21 could legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational use and up to six marijuana plants.

Nevada already allows for medical marijuana possession, but has no legal system for obtaining the drug.

Hogan’s bill would allow for the wholesale cultivation and retail sale of marijuana. A 25 percent excise tax would be charged at each step of bringing the drug to market: from wholesaler to the processing facility, from the processing facility or wholesaler to the retailer and from retailer to customer.

All tax revenue from marijuana sales would be earmarked for public schools.

Stephen Frye, a retired Las Vegas psychiatrist pushing the measure, estimated $500 million could be generated for education.

Hogan said he is sponsoring the measure because “prohibition doesn’t work.”

Nevada is the sixth state to consider decriminalizing recreational marijuana use.

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  1. Progress in Nevada? Surely you jest....

  2. They can set the taxes as high as they want. When they tax too much people will just buy it on the street as they do now.

    They not interest in what the people want, they are just looking at how much money they "think" they will get.

  3. Legalizing and taxing Cannabis is a simple idea; too bad the politicos who smoke the stuff want to complicate things. Just like taxing and legalizing prostitution in Clark County, a simple idea. Again, politicos who frequent these places don't want it legalized and taxed because they want to have all this 'fun' to themselves, or are they just afraid of being seen indulging in a substance they have frowned on, but, see fit to indulge in themselves? HYPOCRITES.

  4. There is probably more marijuana consumed in Las Vegas than any other city in the world of comparable size. Who's kidding who? It should of been legalized years ago. People don't come here for intellectual stimulation. They come here to have a good time. Prostitution and drugs are part of the Las Vegas culture. It's that way today and it was that way when my father first brought me here nearly 50 years ago.

  5. Right. The liquor lobby and Big pharma see billions lost. Marijuana will improve the health and bottom line of thousands and prevent harmless people from being turned into felons...and costing the State $40,000 a year to incarcerate while the school budgets suffer.

    A similar perspective is found in travel: the automobile, petroleum and road builders are shaking in their nylons about high speed rail. Once the public experiences the SAFETY, peacefulness and dependability of trains they will look forward to national travel on Continental systems.